11/30/2016 (2465)

Manvil Sebelius | 1924 – 2016 | Obituary
Sebelius, Manvil 2464

Manvil Sebelius

April 19, 1924 – November 26, 2016

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Manvil Harvey Sebelius, age 92 of Dunseith, passed away Saturday at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.  His funeral will be held on Friday at 10:00 am, at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm, all at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Willow Creek Cemetery near Overly.

Manvil Sebelius, a son of Peter and Lillie (Olson) Sebelius, was born April 19, 1924, in Dunseith.  Manvil grew up on a farm near Overly, where he attended and later graduated from Overly High School.  He also attended NDSU in Fargo for a time.  Manvil then began working on the family farms near Overly and Detroit Lakes, MN.  In the winter months, he worked ice works in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana.  On June 22, 1947, he married Dorothy Gebeke in Detroit Lakes, MN.  They moved to Dunseith in 1948 where they have farmed, ranched, and lived since.

Manvil was a member of the Willow Creek Lutheran Church in Overly.  He served as a 4H leader and was a member of the Overly Pack Snowmobile Club.  Manvil enjoyed antiques, auction sales, carpentry, and horses.  Manvil also enjoyed sharing life lessons and stories with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Dunseith; seven sons; Harvey (Eileen) of Overly, David (Darlene) of Leeds, Daryl (Donna) of North Pole, AK, Marvin (Cheryl) of Rolette, Dennis (Donna) of Bottineau, Dean (Sherry) of Rolette, and Jeffrey (Tiffany) of Devils Lake; daughter-in-law, Margaret Sebelius of Bottineau; 24 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by; son, Duane; 2 sisters, Melba Sebelius and Lillian O’Brien; brothers, Allen, Wallace and Kenneth; and 2 grandsons, Jamie and Matthew.

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



Blog (526) posted on August 21, 2009

Posted on August 21, 2009

Reply from Bobby Slyter: Wichita, Kansas


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Larry’s story about driving was great. Living in rural ND, we seem to
know about the driving habits of most people and take special
precautions accordingly. When I was going to college in Bottineau and
driving from up here at the farm, I saw a weird deal happen on Thompson
Street in Bottineau. An elderly lady got in her car in front of the post
office and an older man got in his car directly across from her near the
creamery. As I was driving toward them, they both started to back up
directly at each other. It looked to me they were going to hit each
other and then—BANG! They both just looked over their shoulders
slightly and DROVE AWAY! I just sat there for a couple seconds trying to
absorb what I had just seen. With that, I have to tell a story about
Larry Hackman’s uncle, Frank Hackman. Bill Peterson was working in his
field near the highway, when he saw Frank driving east toward the
highway. He said that Frank never stopped at the stop sign when he
crossed the highway, so Bill looked up and down the highway to see if
anyone was coming. Sure enough, here comes a Canadian car. Bill said he
could see what was going to happen—it looked like a tie. Frank went
through the stop sign and right into the side of the Canadian. Bill was
already off his tractor and headed over to the wreck when he heard the
Canadian say, “Why didn’t you stop?” Frank said, “Why didn’t you stop,
you could see I wasn’t going to!” Thanks Gary!


Alaska Cruise total group picture:

Folks, Bill Grimme has provided us with a picture number key for the group picture located directly below the key. Angelina Metcalfe was not in the original photo, but Bill was able to add her in this copy as number 57. She looks very much a part of the this photo. Great job Bill.

In the remarks column that go with the name sort, I have listed the connections of the folks that were in our group.


Alaska Cruise Total Group Picture with number key

Key Number Sort Key Name SortCity, StateRemarks
1 Stokes, Debby 28 Abrahamson, Cindy Estes Park, Co Doyle’s spouse
2 Reing, Marlene 27 Abrahamson, Doyle Estes Park, Co Class of 68
3 Randall, Leona 21 Baldwin, Nancy (Hosmer) Lake Metigoshe, ND Class of 62
4 Galloway, Wayne 36 Cavaliere, Cora Bristol, RI Friend of Gary/Bernadette Stokes
5 Mjelstad, Carol (Hamnes) 31 Cavaliere, Ronnie Bristol, RI Friend of Gary/Bernadette Stokes
6 Mjelstad, Orville 52 Coles, Becky (Sime) Boise, ID Class of 83
7 Van Dyne, Dreama 38 Espe, LeaRae (Parrill) Bottineau, ND Class of 67
8 Van Dyne, Mark 32 Espe, Terry Bottineau, ND Class of 64
9 Sjol, Scott 50 Flynn, Laurice Zeitler Portland, OR Randy’s spouse
10 Kontzie, Keith 54 Flynn, Minnie (Knox) Dunseith, ND Class of 47
11 Stokes, Gary 49 Flynn, Randy Portland, OR Class of 70
12 Stokes, Darrel 55 Flynn, Rio Portland, OR Randy’s Daughter
13 Reing, Oliver 4 Galloway, Wayne Brandon, Manitoba, CA friend of Nancy Hosmer Baldwin
14 Millang, Edna (Susie) (Knox) 34 Gottbreht, Patty (Boguslawski) Dunseith, ND Class of 65
15 Sjol, Diane (Larson) 18 Grimme, Bill Birmingham, AL Class of 65
16 Stokes, Bernadette 22 Haagenson, Cheryl Dunseith, ND Class of 71
17 Richard, K. (Flynn) 29 Hamnes, Mel Bottineau, ND Spouse of Bev Handland Hamnes
18 Grimme, Bill 51 James, Herb Clearwater, FL Doyle Abrahamson’s father-in-law
19 Metcalfe, Gary Klinger, Becky (not in photo)Seminole, FLDoyle Abrahamson’s sister-in-law
20 Vandal, Mike Klinger, Chet (not in photo)Seminole, FLDoyle Abrahamson’s Brother-in-law
21 Baldwin, Nancy (Hosmer) 10 Kontzie, Keith Elgin, Manitoba, Ca Nancy Hosmer Baldwin’s fiancé
22 Haagenson, Cheryl 42 Leonard, Bill Mountlake Terrace, WA Class of 52
23 Munro, Chuck 47 Leonard, Lorette Mountlake Terrace, WA Bill Leonard’s spouse
24 Protassevitch, Irina 35 Longie, Al-lyn Vancouver, WA Bill Longie’s spouse
25 Metcalfe, Sue 41 Longie, Bill Vancouver, WA Class of 60
26 Vandal, Sandra (Zeiler) 33 Hamnes, Beverly (Handland) Bottineau, ND Class of 48
27 Abrahamson, Doyle Mann, Connor (not in photo)Largo, FLGary/Joni Mann’s son
28 Abrahamson, Cindy Mann, Gary (not in photo)Largo, FLDoyle Abrahamson’s Brother-in-law
29 Hamnes, Mel Mann, Joni (not in photo)Largo, FLDoyle Abrahamson’s sister-in-law
30 Munro, Geri (Metcalfe) 40 McKay, Phyllis Auburn, WA Class of 65
31 Cavaliere, Ronnie 57 Metcalfe, Angelina Holister, MO Daughter of Leah Metcalfe
32 Espe, Terry 19 Metcalfe, Gary Holister, MO Class of 57
33 Mamnes, Beverly (Handland) 37 Metcalfe, Leah Holister, MO Daughter of Gary & Sue Metcalfe
34 Gottbreht, Patty (Boguslawski) 25 Metcalfe, Sue Holister, MO Spouse of Gary Metcalfe
35 Longie, Al-lyn 14 Millang, Edna (Susie) (Knox) Dunseith, ND Class of 60
36 Cavaliere, Cora 5 Mjelstad, Carol (Hamnes) Arnegard, ND Mel Hamne’s sister
37 Metcalfe, Leah 6 Mjelstad, Orville Arnegard, ND Carol Mjelstad’s spouse
38 Espe, LeaRae (Parrill) 23 Munro, Chuck Fargo, ND Geri Metcalfe Munro’s spouse
39 Shull, Leo 30 Munro, Geri (Metcalfe) Fargo, ND Class of 59
40 McKay, Phyllis 43 Pflepsen, Gloria Dickinson, ND Lee Stickland’s friend
41 Longie, Bill 56 Pladson, Alice Stafford, VA Keith Pladson’s spouse
42 Leonard, Bill 53 Pladson, Keith Stafford, VA Class of 66
43 Pflepsen, Gloria 24 Protassevitch, Irina Birmingham, AL Bill Grimme;s friend
44 Stickland, Lee (Leland) 3 Randall, Leona Brandon, Manitoba, CA Friend of Nancy Hosmer Baldwin
45 Shelver, Dave 2 Reing, Marlene Bottineau, ND Debby Stokes’s sister
46 Shelver, Linda 13 Reing, Oliver Bottineau, ND Merlene Reing’s spouse
47 Leonard, Lorette 17 Richard, K. (Flynn) West Farge, ND Class of 67
48 Sime, Florence (Pladson) Roblin, Keith (not in photo)Elkhorn, Manitoba, CAFriend of Nancy Hosmer Baldwin
49 Flynn, Randy Roblin, Marion (not in photo)Elkhorn, Manitoba, CAFriend of Nancy Hosmer Baldwin
50 Flynn, Lourice 45 Shelver, Dave Lake Havasu City, AZ Class of 63
51 James, Herb 46 Shelver, Linda Lake Havasu City, AZ Dave Shelver’s Spouse
52 Coles, Becky (Sime) 39 Shull, Leo Auburn, WA Phyllis McKay’s Friend
53 Pladson, Keith 48 Sime, Florence (Pladson) Dunseith, ND Class of 62
54 Flynn, Minnie (Knox) 15 Sjol, Diane (Larson) Minot, ND Class of 70
55 Flynn, Rio 9 Sjol, Scott Minot, ND Diane Larson Sjol’s spouse
56 Pladson, Alice 44 Stickland, Lee (Leland) Dickinson, ND Class of 64
57 Metcalfe, Angelina 16 Stokes, Bernadette


Cebu, Philippines


Gary Stokes’ spouse

11/28/2016 (2464)

Manvil Sebelius | 1924 – 2016 | Obituary

Manvil Sebelius
Sebelius, Manvil 2464
April 19, 1924 – November 26, 2016

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Manvil Sebelius, age 92 of Dunseith, died Saturday at a Rugby hospital.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)

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Betty Delorme | 1949 – 2016 | Obituary

Betty Delorme

November 01, 1949 – November 24, 2016

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Betty Delorme, age 67 of Dunseith, died Thursday at a Minneapolis hospital.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)


Funeral Service

Thursday, December 01, 2016

St. Michael’s Catholic Church
PO BOX 862
Dunesieth, North Dakota 58329


“Trails End” buckin  horse

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

Gary and  friends of Dunseith,


If you like Sons of the Pioneers music, these  true Montana cowboys  have the music  nailed.

I remember hearing their album in Marysville WA at  the home of Emil and Ann Metcalfe.

Uncle Emil had a Sons of the Pioneers  album back in ’63.

Uncle Emil liked  and he had  many albums of western music.

He had a range of interests from Jimmie Rodgers to Johnny Horton and more.

Music from the LP s on the record player was continually on.

Kathy, Elaine and Janice grew up listening to country music and their dad playing guitar.

In ’63 and ’64, Kathy was taking individual guitar lessons from Mr. Webe who lived just up the road where my famly  lived on Schultes Road.

She and Elaine had started playing accordian in elementary school.

Later, they played stringed instruments in Junior High Orchestra directed by Mr. Timkins while in Junior High.

Moving back to the Turtle Mountain farm the three girls harmonized together.

They enjoyed and played music from  Jimmie Rodgers, Johnnie Horton,  the Beach boys and the Beatles and more.

Today, I got to thinking about Emil and Ann’s  talented girls when I read Billings News about the High Country Cowboys.

Also, I found them on You Tube.

Trails End

A song  and tale  about  the world champion buckin horse…’Trails End”,

This horse was born on a  Montana sheep ranch

Trails End  was  a gentle horse, only good for only  one thing…… Bucking..

He bucked across Mt. and  moved on nationally he bucked a few legendary  rodeo world champion  cowboys.

This  three brothers bandm  ‘High Country Cowboys’   are  from Red Lodge Montana.

They recently were nominated for  ?Country Music….awards.

I  really enjoy listening to  all their music

‘Trails End ‘  was a champion buckin horse,when he died  was buried in Oklahoma City  at the Natl. Cowboy Hall of fame.

In ’95 and ’96 I visted the National Cowboy Hall of fame while in Oklahoma  for some continuing ed  in Drug nd Alcohal prevention.

Uff Da.

Until  Later, Vickie


Blog (525) posted on August 20, 2009

Posted on August 20, 2009

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

I just thought I might send a few memories of Sharon Zorn Gerde’s
family. I remember she had the prettiest long golden blond hair in the
country! She used to play piano for Sunday School at the old Dunseith
Lutheran Church. Her dad, Bill Zorn, was the president of the Sunday
School for a while and I think was also a Sunday School teacher. This
would have been when I was around 10 or 11 years old, in ’60 or ’61.
That’s just a guess, but should be close. I remember hearing about an
accident Sharon had while making caramel rolls. If I remember correctly,
as she was turning the pans over, which is how it’s done, the pan
slipped and she got badly burned by the hot caramel on her legs and
feet. Am I right here Sharon, or is my memory incorrect on this one. I
also remember when Sharon’s sister, Marlys, started school in Dunseith
in about the 4th or 5th grade. She had a friend who was also new. I
think her name was Sandy Vandal–I’m quite sure it was Vandal, but not
sure of the first name. They were both new in school and stuck together
for support. It seems to me that the Vandal girl didn’t stay in Dunseith
very long. I wonder if Marlys could refresh my memory? The rest of the
Zorns graduated from Bottineau High School, I believe, and Marlys went
to the School of Forestry when I was a second year student there. Her
picture was on a daily message (#508) on this site with other Smokey’s
queen candidates including our very own Miss Vickie Metcalfe! Thanks Gary!


Reply from Al-Lyn (Bill) Longie (60): Al-lyn.Longie@integratelecom.com Vancouver, WA


We enjoyed every moment of our cruise. It was more then we expected and couldn’t have been better. If there was anything we would have done differently it would have been to get more proactive scheduling time with folks to visit. But those we did “bump” into and have a chance to chat with proved to be part of what made the whole trip so wonderful for us. We even came away with contact information for LaVerne and Carrole Fauske/Rude who while they weren’t able to make the cruise we did get to meet at the pre boarding dinner to find out they live right here in Vancouver.

We can’t wait to here about future plans for other get togethers.

Al-lyn Longie

Integra Telecom

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Rely from Verena (Pete) Gillis (65): Dunseith, ND.

> Gary,
I do not have an address for Peter Jr. at this time, as soon as I get one
I will post it.
Thank you so much for the nice compliment. Cheryl was completely
surprised and I was so tickled for her. She teaches my little
grandchildren at the Day School, singing lessons for my 8 year old
granddaughter Thalia and of course Piano Lessons also. She has always been
one of my favorite people.
I of course had to be told due to golfing in my annual Les Jensen
Scholarship tournament. This was very unexpected and I will treasure this
award forever!

Another great story from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND


How are you? I’m happy to hear that everyone on the Dunseith alumni trip had a great time. But as you know and we all know is that it would have been even greater if more people would have joined the group. Maybe next time.

I hope you and others enjoy the story, I have attached.



A few stories about reversing the aging process?

Looking Back

You know looking back becomes a problem for us men as we get older.I know most of you don’t want to hear anymore about this because most of us hear enough about it already.It seems, or as we have been told, us men in particular have trouble cranking our heads around and looking at whats behind us.Particularily when we are seated in a automobile.It seems that when we sit our hips push up on the rest of our upper body bone structure.This causes our shoulders to rise, making it more difficult to turn our heads to the left or to the right and to see whats behind us.It seems when we turn our heads, our chin comes in contact with our raised shoulders, limiting our ability to look back. This may be do to the extra rib we have or to the way the automobile seat is designed?Just being a little bit over 50, this problem has not affected me to bad yet.But thinking about it, reminded me of a few incidences and stories that I have observed and heard of over the years.

Handled the right way?

I’m sure most of you remember Frank Flynn, our Dunseith Police Magistrate or as I and many others

referred to him as the Dunseith Judge.Frank was a big man and well respected around town.Well, Anyway Frank was getting old and seemed to have developed this problem, that comes with old age of not looking back while backing up.This problem along with the diagonal parking on main, became a problem for him.He became involved in several small fender bender type accidents around town. Usually of the backing up type, variety. Most of the locals knew of Frank’s problem and most of our folks had warned their children to watch out for that 1954 green Chevy, and to stay clear of it.Folks, however, were complaining to the local policeman at the time that he ought to take his drivers license away before something serious happens.While the policeman being a smart fellow and wanting to keep his job, thought about this for awhile and came upon the idea of asking a Highway Potrolman, to ask Frank for his license.Frank after all couldn’t say much or do much to bother a Highway Patrolman.The Highway Patrolman when approached and asked by the policman said he would look into what he could do.

The Highway Patrolman also being a smart fellow knew before he approched the Judge that he better have all his ducks in a row.He called into the State Department of Transportation and asked for the status of Frank’s license.He found that Frank had not renewed his license since the early 50’s and this was the 60’s.The Highway Patrolman finding this out, and that Frank had, had another small fender bender type accident recently, approached Frank and talked to him about the accident and his previous accidents.He told Frank that if he should happen to have another accidentthat he would have to ask him for his drivers license, and that it was probably time to park the car, and not drive anymore.Frank apparently agreed and I don’t think he ever drove the car again.I think it was just his chin or shoulders or both causing the problem.


My Grandfather ( Alex Kraft) not only developed the same problem as mentioned in the above story, but he also developed a lead foot type, problem.My mother who looked after him in his later years said he would back out of the garage and out into the street without ever looking back and by the time he hit Wurglars Gas Station on Main Street, Rugby, with that Buick he was traveling at 60mph.(By the way, do you know how to clear a restaurant of old people? Just, announce that there is a Buick in the parking lot with the lights on.)My mother would get after her dad, by telling him to look back as he was backing up the car, and he would reply that he had checked out the driveway and the street before he had started backing and so he knew what was back there. She would also tell him to slow down, as a kidcould dart out from behind a parked vehicle and he might not be able to stop in time.He would reply that he watchs and that nothing has happened yet.My mother still worried, asked the City C.O.P. if he could take her dads license away.The COP replied that he has no authority to take someones license away.Then, one day my Grandfather was parked in front of the bank on Main Street, Rugby.There was a little ice and snow on the street.He put his car in reverse and wanted to back out onto the street.The rear wheels spun and the car did not move.Being a old retired farmer, grandpa started to rock the car by placing it in reverse and accelerating, and then placing it in drive and accelerating and back and forth.Now I don’t know if Grandpa lost track of what gear he was in or how heavy his foot was upon the accelerator, anyway all of a sudden the car flew up and over the curb and into the big picture window of the bank.Half of the car was sitting in the bank and half was still outside the bank.The people in the bank didn’t know if he was there to make a deposit or a withdrawl.Grandpa,who said afterwards he had closed his eyes when saw he was going into the bank, thought he had died and was in the funeral home, because when he opened his eyes all he could see was curtians. My mother got a call to come up town and get her dad and that everyone was OK and that there was damage to the building and to her dad’s car.Mom got up there and saw her dad and everyone else was alright.She then went over to the Chief of Police and asked him again, if he could do something to stop him from driving.The C.O.P. replied that he could ask her Dad for his license and if he voluntarily gives the license to him, he would then give it to her, and if he would ever ask him for the license back, that he would come to her to get the license, and that he would have to give it back to him as he had no authority to take someones license.Mom agreed with the policemans proposal.The C.O.P. then asked my Grandpa for his license.My Grandpa willingly gave the officer his license without any questions.The officer than gave the license to my mother.My Grandpa never drove again.Sad, But I think it was handled the right way.


I know this is getting long, but there is one more I have tell.

We had this elderly fellow (Marvin Theige) living across the street from us when we lived in Harvey,ND. On garbage day he would take his filled garbage bags and throw them upon the trunk of his car and back out to the street, stop, get out, walk to the back of his car, and take the garbage bags off his trunk lid and placethem along the curb for pick-up by the garbage truck.Marvin did this when he remembered he had placed the filled garbage bags on his trunk.Nine times out of ten he would back out on the street and go driving around town until someone would kid him about the bags sitting on his trunk.Then he would drive back home and place the bags on the curb and drive off.The fact he forgot the bags on his trunk is not the point I’m trying to make.In all fairness to him his driveway was a little longer then the ordinairy driveway, so he did have time to forget.The point I’m trying to make is that he must never have looked back or ever looked into his rear view mirror, while backing out onto the street.It was nice that everyone knew Marvin, and watched out for him and the kids were warned to stay out of his way.I don’t know if anyone ever took away his keys.He was still driving when we moved away from Harvey.


One more, I’m on a roll!

My father-in-law always wanted to catch the little bastard that was sneaking into garage and putting down the overhead door before he could back out of the garage.I don’t know how many times he put the hitch on his car through the bottom panel of the overhead door.Damn Gremlins!

a few bullets


So you see what we all got to look foreward to. But, like they say. Its better then the alternative.


Now, Gary I know you are going say something about me being a little bit over 50 again.All I can say is that it depends on your perspective as to what a little bit is and your diffinition of is.


I remember, My Mother, Milton Burrow, Ronald Reagan, and Kenny Nerpel all remained at the ripe old age of 39?


I was thinking about just having the extra rib removed to make it easier to crank my head around to look back.But Gary, It has taken me a long time to get to this point and with this build-up, I have to say, that unless they change the seats in the cars,that I think you are ahead of the game with that chin shortening surgery?

Remember to laugh as when you laugh the whole world seems a better place.


Larry, this is another great story! My philosophy on getting old is that I will never get there. Those senior to me may be senior citizens, but I never plan on reaching the age of being a Senior citizen and I plan on living past a 100. Yes, I happen to know just how old you are and you are a bit over 50 or should I say 60, but you are not old. Keep the Stories coming. Gary

Memo from Phyllis/Alan Campbell dated June 16, 2009: Minot, ND

My brother Darrel gave me this envelope from the Campbell’s when we were on the Cruise. Gary

Hi Stokes Family,

In going through stuff in Dunseith preparing for our move to the Wellington in Minot, I found this issue of the Courant I had saved for your family. Please pass it on and share it with Gary as we so enjoy his daily “blog” and maybe he will copy this and include it for others to enjoy.

You mom and dad were so good to Alan’s Aunt Anne and Uncle Glen Campbell when they lived in Bottineau and we enjoyed a few of their visits too.

That Dunseith reunion really started the memory wheels rolling and it just keeps going and going. Hope the Bottineau 125th is as successful as ours was.

Best wishes

Phyllis and Alan Campbell

Phyllis & Alan, this means so much to us knowing that you guys thought enough of our dad to save this article all these years. Our folks were very close friends of Ann and Glen Campbell. I don’t remember Glen that well, but I sure remember Ann. Dad kept a pretty close eye on Ann the last several years before she moved to the Good Samaritan home in Bottineau. He felt so good when you guys expressed your appreciation for what he was doing too.

Folks, Our dad, Bob Stokes, was the Bottineau town Santa Clause for many years. It’s a job he truly enjoyed from the bottom of his heart. His highlight, being Santa, each year was visiting the residents at the Good Samaritan home and the long term care at the hospital. He’d talk about those visits all year long until it was time for the next years visits. He visited each and every resident every year. He gave them each a bag of candy too. Our dad was truly a people person with superb people skills. Material things in life were not really that important to him. People are what mattered to him.

Thank you Phyllis for sharing this with us. This brings back some great memories.


Posted by Phyllis/Alan Cambell:

Front page of the Bottineau Courant – December 12, 1977

11/25/2016 (2463)

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

Veteran’s Day Program
I wanted to compliment the Dunseith community on the Veteran’s Day program which was held on November 10, 2016. The “Turtle Mountain Star” dated November 14 carried an article on the event which was held at the Dunseith Elementary Gymnasium. They estimated around 800 people attended the event. They planned to honor around 20 veterans and were very happy that almost 40 were able to come. The front page featured a colored picture of Floyd Dion (his name was incorrectly spelled Dionne) and Roger Counts saluting the flag. Other pictures included a shot of the bleachers filled with community members and students. This was billed as the first annual. There were several patriotic numbers sung by both elementary and high school students under the direction of Carolyn Heller, music instructor for Dunseith Public. ND District 9 Senator Richard Marcellais, a Vietnam veteran, from Belcourt gave the main address.  It appears that it was a school wide effort to organize the event. I was personally not able to attend but the patriotism of my home town came shining through.


Mr. Art Rude Sr.
The same issue of the “Star” contained the obituary of Mr. Arthur R. Rude Sr.  The Class of ’67 had him for 7th-8th grade social studies. His son Arthur O. Rude did a wonderful job conducting the memorial service for his father.  He had compiled a very interesting slide show and interspersed it with singing, Bible verse, and litergy. It was truly a great celebration of Mr. Rude’s life.

Class of 1967 plan 50th year Reunion.
A few of us who live around here have been talking about a reunion. Last summer I noticed what a fun celebration the Dunseith community planned for Dunseith Days. I am waiting to hear the exact date for the summer of 2017. Last year Rachele Roy, Nicole Acosta, Rosie Gunville, and Willard Burcham organized and coordinated many games and activities including a parade.  I hope that everyone who was in our class at any time will join us. We don’t care if you moved or for some other reason did not finish with our class, we want you to feel welcome.  We hope to have one or two events for those who were our classmates over the years and then we can join in the other festivities with the whole community.  I am going to depend on Patti Metcalfe Coleman Woods to make some contacts over facebook.  Jim Berube and I are probably the only ones who do not have facebook so we will try to make contact through email.


Face Book posting.
Betty Delorme Passed away
Ronald J Peltier

At 2:00 pm, my beautiful sister, Betty Delorme, passed away with many members of the family at her side. Thank you all for the prayers for her to get well but it was God’s will. Thank you all so much.

Gary’s comment
Our condolences are with you Ron and all of Betty’s family with her passing.


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

Hi, everyone,

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, we all have something to be thankful for.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

God bless,



Blog (524) posted on August 19, 2009

Posted on August 19, 2009

Orvin Hagen – – Kindred, ND

Folks, I talked to Orvin last night. We had a nice chat. Orvin is the same Orvin, with so many irons in the fire. At 88 years of age, he still has his flower gardens, etc. He has been doing some Yodeling around the community too, a talent that he is well blessed with. He yodeled some for me last night over the phone. I’ll bet Orvin and Cheryl Haagenson would make a great duet. It was Tuesday morning, his time, when I talked to him. He was getting ready to go out and mow his lawn. Gary

Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN

Alan, Thank you so much for the CD, “Cindy and the Turtle Mtn Boys”. My brother Darrel gave it to me when I saw him on the cruise. It’s a beautiful CD. I love it! I am playing it now while I’m putting this message together. Gary

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

If you can find an address for those two young men, Ricky Kuhn and Peter Gillis, mentioned in that article my VFW will send them phone cards and care packages.

Mel Kuhn and Verena Gillis, Can you guys provide us with the addresses of Ricky and Peter Gillis Jr.? I am sure that others would like to have their addresses too. You guys can for sure be very proud of Ricky and Peter Jr. for their dedicated service. They are to be commended. Gary

Reply from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

Welcome back Gary, As I was reading this mornings letter, I noticed your enthusiasm over the magic jack phone.

I had one for about 3 weeks and had to return it as the technical support from magic jack and I worked on it for about 10 hours spread over several days. There is a 30 day money back warranty! The problem I had was that I could not switch from Headset to speaker phone.

When it did work, it worked well. It is very inexpensive, especially if you buy the one of the extended plans.

So, They would not send me a new one without going through the whole process again. I returned mine and was credited back within 10 days to my credit card. I may try it again, maybe not, we have the Fiber Optic Cable coming in this year where I live just outside of Rolette. I expect to be hooked up this year as they have planted the post and box just outside my house and later they expect to trench the cable to my neighbor and myself. I will then have a 6 Mega bite internet connection. My 64 bit 8 Gig Ram dual core HP Notebook already screams across the internet browsing with the New Internet explorer 8. I am anxious to see the upload and download times.

Have a great day.

Reply & Newspaper Article from Verena (Pete) Gillis (65): Dunseith, ND


Just to make mention that our son Peter J. Gillis Jr. has volunteered to
go to Kosovo. We took him to Fargo last Wednesday and he called me from
Indiana last night. He will go to Germany from there then on to Kosovo.
We are so very proud of him.

Also had to include this clipping from this week’s Turtle Mountain Star.
Cheryl and I are very proud of this award.


Verena & Cheryl, My hats are off to both of you. You are both very deserving of this prestigious award. As most of you know, Cheryl was with us on the Cruise. She entertained us and a whole lot of the ships folks with her singing. When I first heard her singing I was beside myself with how well she could sing. She for sure drew the attention of all those in attendance. She won a singing contest on the ship too.

Verena, You have spear headed so many deserving fund raising events in just the 3 years that I have known you. You for sure did a fabulous job facilitating our class of 65 reunion at the Garden Gate golf club. You facilitated and followed through right down to the finest details everything that had to be done.

This award has for sure gone to two very deserving folks.

Our little 4 year old Granddaughter, Nevaeh (heaven spelled backwards), sure took a liking to Cheryl when we were in Seattle. Nevaeh is a little girl of many words.


Pictures from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

Frank And Erma Lived off Old Hwy 5 a few miles east of Dunseith. Colette Pigeon, (Schimetz) Jeanie Erich (Rolland) Penny Lake Cutch Nerpel, Harvey Nerpel and others all attended this Very Special Ladies 90th Birthday Party at the Rugby Memorial Hall. The horses are on the front pasture just outside my home at Rural Rolette. There is one Tired Stallion on the Ground with his fans eagerly awaiting.













11/23/2016 (2462)

I don’t have any postings today, so I have posted several pictures of us here in Cebu.
Bernadette has been doing rather well the past week or so.

On our way the last two nights to the Cebu Expat dinners at the Marco Polo

We attend both dinners. Novie and Mirasol are Normally pretty busy issuing Membership Cards.

There were about 75 that attended Monday’s dinner and 80 last night.

We have Tata hired full time. Her sole job is taking care of Bernadette. She assists with her eating,bathing, getting dressed, etc. Bernadette can be stubborn at times, but she listens to Tata. Their bonding’s are very close. Tata previously worked for us for 11 years. She lives next door. Tata is Novie’s aunt on her dad’s side.

Novie (niece),  Tata (Helper),  Bernadette,  Jasmine (Novie’s daughter)  &  Mirasol (Niece)
Stokes 2462-1 Stokes 2462-2

Last night at the Marco Polo. Bernadette in the center with the name tag.
Note: The lady standing to Bernadette’s right is from England. Good friends.
Stokes 2462-3


Blog (523) posted on August 18, 2009


Posted on August 18, 2009

Folks, When we were back in the states I purchased a Magic Jack (Telephone module) at radio shack that attaches to any USB connection on my computer. It has a regular phone connection on the back side. Last night I took this thing out of the package and connected it to my computer. I was prompted for info needed to activate and acquire a phone number. That whole process took about 2 minutes. When I was finished I plugged a phone into the Jack on the back side and this thing actually worked with a good clear connection. The whole process seemed too easy to be true. It only cost 39.99 which included the first years service. Each year here after will only cost $19.99. With this phone I’ve got unlimited toll free calling to all 50 states and Canada. There were no Washington state numbers available, but there were a few ND towns and cities listed. Kindred, ND was one of them, so I chose to have a local Kindred number. That is where Orvin Hagen Lives. The number is (701) 428-8186. Now I’ve got two VOIP phones. I may get rid of the first one in time. Gary

From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

Hi Gary,

I arrived in Dunseith yesterday for a week visit; was disappointed to learn that the Historical Society festivity at St. John happened the day before. Perhaps Dick might know if there are any post cards around of “old” St John. Mildred Gottbreht was married to H. Solomon who managed the Red and White Grocery circa 1935. He also operated a Tavern and variety store. Is the museum open daily?

Loved the short time together with everyone at Best Western. How come Gary Metcalfe looks so young? Thought he was a few years older than myself! Evie and I lodged just around the corner and visited with Francie Gottbreht Dutra into the “wee” hours. Thanks Bill and Gary.

Wish I were having coffee with Art and Eva Seim this week. Mom often brought a few of us along with her for visits – amazing kitchen is what Ernie recalls; all the glorious woodwork. During off days during grade school in Dunseith, Eva would sometimes pick me up and off to Russel we’d go. I think I was related to everyone at Russel. Sharron

Reply from Bob Hosmer (56): Lynnwood, WA

Hi Gary and all,

Regarding Dicks inquiry about Imogene Westerman, Katrine and I took her as a foster daughter in 1964 during my last year at seminary at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, Mn. The arrangement did not work out well–trying to be a full time student and Katrine working as well as our parenting our own first child. In the end, the fostering was taken over by Carl and Myrtle Jacobson who also worked at the Indian Mission north of Dunseith and were parents to Vernes Jacobson Johnson who died January 1, 2007 and was a graduate of Dunseith High School in 1961. Any rate, Imogene was with the Jacobson’s who were living in Pelican Rapids, MN at the time. Where she went after she reached her majority age. I have no idea. Someone else may have that knowledge.

Glad that the cruise went so well, Katrine and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening together at the Best Western Executive Inn with so many from our home town.

Bob Hosmer

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

Regarding the whereabouts of Imogene Westerman, I don’t know, however I am going to write to Phylomena to get Berthas address as well. So I will share them when I have them. I heard that Bertha was blind, but not sure if that’s true. They were awesome girls so I am anxious to hear more about them, and what ever happened to the mission. Sharon Zorn Gerdes

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

Howdy Gary,

Glad you’re back at it, I was lost in the mornig without my Gary fix. I’m attaching a newspaper clipping from this weeks Turtle Mt. Star. It is my youngest son in the article. We’re just now getting ready to go to Bismarck to see him off. Maybe you’ll find the article interesting.


Reunion at the Best Western
Back: Larry St. Claire, Lee Stickland & K. Flynn Richard
Front: Marie Ivorson Staub & Edna (Susie) Knox Millang

On the Cruise Ship (Norwegian Star)
Gary and Darrel (Bud) Stokes

On the Cruise Ship (Norwegian Star)
Geri (Mecalfe) & Chuck Munro

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

11/21/2016 (2461)

DHS Class of ‘59 Photo
Posted by Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


Are any of the class of 1959 able to name the students in this photo?
I know there are some of you in this picture out there.
I only know a couple,  my sister Shirley LaRocque and Marjorie Spaeth.

My sister is in the front row in the middle,  the one with the trim around the collar and pockets of her dress and Marjorie Spaeth at the right end of the front row.

Ginger Poitra class of 1965

Thanks Gary

 DHS Class of ‘59
Class of 1959 2461


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Wendal Cushing | 1931 – 2016 | Obituary

 Wendal Cushing
June 30, 1931 – November 11, 2016


Wendal Cushing, age 85 of Bottineau, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Mesa AZ. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Burial will be in Oak Creek Cemetery also in Bottineau. Visitation will held on Friday beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau.

Wendal Cushing was born June 30, 1931 at St. Andrews Hospital in Bottineau, North Dakota to Leonard and Florance (Fassett) Cushing. Wendal attended rural schools in Lordsburg Township where he completed the 7th grade. Wendal enlisted in the United States Army on Nov. 13, 1950, and served 2I months in Korea, during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge on Nov. 13, 1953, Wendal was employed by Mobil Oil Company in the state of Montana. He married Ellen Blada on December 26, 1955 and then Ellen encouraged him to return to college. Wendal graduated from the School of Forestry in 1958 and then Mayville State Teachers College in 1960.  He was a high School instructor in Cavalier from 1960 until 1964. He then accepted an assistantship to North Dakota State University to receive a Masters Degree in Entomology.  He returned to the North Dakota School of Forestry in Bottineau as an Instructor in life science, retiring from that position in 1986, with Professor Emeritus Status.

Wendal attended summer sessions at Colorado State University forestry camp in 1956, Oregon State University Entomology summer institute in 1966, and Arizona State University’s Desert Biologist summer institute in 1967, and Stanford University summer session on Deep Sea Oceanography at Pacific Grove California in 1970.  Other extended studies included numerous trips to Glacier National Park and numerous trips to The Hudson Bay area near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

Wendal entered the Government service U.S.D.A. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Plant Protection and Quarantine service in 1986 and after completing 30 years of service, retired in 2016.

Wendal was active in the Bottineau area in Junior Hockey and was awarded the Tiger John award in 1991 for service provided to the community.  Wendal was also President of the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association from 1982 -1983.   He was a long time member of the American Legion, where he was the Commander of Post #42 during its 50th Anniversary in I969. Wendal was an avid biologist, studying birds, plants and he was especially interested in grasshoppers. 

He is survived by his wife, Ellen of Bottineau; 2 sons, Byrnell Cushing and his wife, Janice of Minot and Steve Cushing and his wife, Alice of Peoria, AZ; daughter, Elizabeth Ann and her husband, Randal  Miller of Bismarck; 8 grandchildren, Kevin, Jessica, Karen, Zachery, Benjamin, Kailee, Tatum and Bryson; one great-grand daughter, Kaylee Miller and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Gary, Wallace and Leslie.


Blog (522) posted on August 17, 2009

Posted on August 17, 2009

Reply from Margaret Seim Lawston (54): Citrus Heights, CA

HI GARY., Thanks for adding me to you list. I graduated from Notre Dame in 1954.After leaving the litte countryschool in the hills I went to Dunseith until High School. Eager to hear from friends in Dunseith. Thanks Margaret

Folks, I had a nice chat with Margaret today. She has been reading the past messages that I have posted on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site. She told me she has been reading each and every message very thoroughly. She is still reading those that I posted for 2008. So far I’ve only gotten through January with the postings of 2008. When I get time I will post the remaining messages for 2008. I do have all of the 2009 messages posted though. Margaret told me you guys have brought back so many good memories with all the stuff you have provided. She said she literally had tears of joy when reading some of the postings. Margaret is now retired from teaching. She lives near Sacramento, CA. She asked me to sign her up for any future cruises that we may have. Margaret’s mother was a Berube, so she is related to a lot of you folks. She told me she was a very close friend of Mildred Crum Rude. She said Millie visited her after she was diagnosed with cancer. Clark Crum, Mildred’s brother, was in her class.

Bill & Gwen Grimme, Margaret told me your brother Conley had gotten touch with her shortly before his passing and had made plans to visit her. Gary

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Sharon Zorn Gerdes for sharing Plylomena Westerman Black’s
letter and some local history of the mission. I was wondering if Sharon
would know the whereabouts of Phlyomena’s younger sister, Imogene, who
was in our grade? When they left, we never heard of them again. It would
be interesting to know where she went and what she did in life. Thanks
to Sharon, Plylomena, and of course, Gary!


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

I just got home from the museum steak fry fund raiser. The weather
cleared off late in the day and we had a good number of attendees and
some great steaks. The weather in the morning was bad and I think some
may have changed their plans because of it. We had about the same number
as last year but were prepared for more. Thanks to all those who came
and helped support the museum.

In looking at Bev Morinville Azure’s picture of Jess and Don Hosmer’s
wedding, I could see the Commercial Hotel in the background but
something was different than I remember. I flipped the picture and low
and behold, it looks right. It would have been taken in front of the
Dunseith Lutheran Church and looking northeast. Thanks Bev for sending
your pictures! Again, I’ll bet they were made from your dad’s slides and
got reversed in the process—easy fix. I am attaching the ‘flipped’
picture and I bet you can see the difference and recognize the Hotel in
the background. Thanks Gary and Bev!


Follow up reply from Dick:


This wouldn’t necessarily have to be Jess and Don’s wedding. It could
easily have been someone else’s that Jess was an attendant for.The
newest car in the picture is the ’58 Chevy across the street. The two
tone car behind Jess is a ’57 Olds Super 88. It most likely was in
’59-’60, my guess. Thanks.


Jess Hosmer

Beverly Azure’s Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


I asked Dick Johnson who this Beverly Azure was.

Here’s his reply: This isn’t the Bev Morinville Azure you know. This lady was riding with her niece on a horse cart when the horses ran away and flipped the cart. She had a broken neck. It happened about three miles east of my farm. Sad deal.


DUNSEITH Beverly Azure, 49, St. John, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, on arrival at a Belcourt hospital of injuries suffered in a horse and buggy accident near St. John.

She was born June 13, 1960, to Wilmar and Norma Azure in Belcourt. She married Damian Azure Sept. 9 1994, in St. John.


June 13, 1960-Aug. 10, 2009

Survivors: husband; sons, Joseph Sangrait, St. John, Tyler Sangrait of Colorado; daughters, Amber Sangrait, Colorado, Dinah Gaspard, St. John; stepson, Damian Azure, Devils Lake; stepdaughter, Melanie Azure, Devils Lake; eight grandchildren; father, Fargo; brothers, Carlyle and Michael, both Dunseith, Dennis, Colorado; sisters, Jenny Amyotte and Christine Azure, both Dunseith.

Funeral: Saturday, 10 a.m., St. Benedict’s Church, rural Dunseith.

Burial: Church cemetery.

Wake and prayer service: Wake today, 5 p.m., prayer service today, 8 p.m., both in the church. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)

Reunion & Cruise Folks, Please share some of your reunion and cruise pictures. We’ve only got a limited number that we took. Gary

Reunion at the Best Western

L to R: Lee Stickland & Larry St. Claire

Reunion at the Best Western

Bill Grimme & Gary Metcalfe

Reunion at the Best Western

L to R: Connie Fauske Monte, Sandra Zeiler Vandal & Katrina (Bob) Hosmer

On the Cruise Ship (Norwegian Star)

L to R: Lorette Berube Leonard & Bernadette Stokes

On the Cruise Ship (Norwegian Star)

L to R: Terry Espe, LeaRae Parrill Espe & Bill Leonard

11/18/2016 (2460)

Face Book posting
Art Rude added a new photo.

Dad (Art Rude Sr.) used to like to line up the floats for the parade in Dunseith for Dunseith Days. This is the picture that was in the Bottineau paper in 2007, and as the sign says, he was a member of the class of 1939. What the sign doesn’t tell you is Dad was born in 1923, so at the time of his death he was 93, but at the time of his High School Graduation he was only 16, and had only been 16 for less than a month! Very young to graduate high school, because he had been moved up two grades so he could go to high school with his older brother, and his Birthday was May 1! He fell off his bike when he was 86, and that is the first I realized he was failing. Of course not many get on a bike at age 86, but he had become upset over some political mailings he was receiving, and I believe his being upset by those extremely polar fund raising letters precipitated his downfall (literally). We tried to get him to move to Bismarck so he could be closer to my family, but he wouldn’t hear of it. His cousins in Bottineau (Rena Roland, and Ruth Peterson especially, as well as Dorthy Clark and Lloyd Larshus) encouraged him to move to Bottineau to be close to them, but he had students and life long friends in Dunseith, and that’s where he wanted to stay. He passed on Monday, October 31, and there will be a “Celebration of Life” Service for him, Saturday, November 12, 10:00 AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.


Blog (521) posted on August 16, 2009

Posted on August 16, 2009

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary,
Did Margaret (Seim) Lawston connect with you? She’s Art and Eva’s
daughter. Margaret graduated from Notre Dame in Willow City. But
has many connections with Dunseith. On Margaret’s maternal side are
the Berube’s. Paternally, the Seim family resided in Holmes
Township. Arthur and Eva Seim as well as John and Ingrid Seim, lived
on the adjacent farm were my parents #1 mentors.

I have always considered, Grandma Seim as my adopted grandma. And
enjoying lutefisk and rulepolse as well as lefse ……me thinks, I
must be of Norweigian descent too, considering all that wonderful
stuff she and John Seim instilled in mentoring and influencing my
dad. I never knew Mr. Seim as he passed while dad was in the navy.
All I ever called Ingrid Seim was Grandma as she requested. I loved
her and I loved Art and Eva. Our farms share a strong fence line.
Dear Hearts and gentle people……

I was fortunate to share Grandma with Conrid Metcalfe, Margaret,
Marion and Edwin Seim. Conrid was my cousin through the Metcalfe
blood line. But, Art and Eva’s family were major part of our family
as well. I consider Margaret as my………. Seim Cousin.

The Seims were active in the Dunseith Community. Ingrid ie. Grandma
Seim was one of the original International Peace Garden Music Camp
cooks. John and Ingrid Seim both immigrants of Norway were faithful
and active in the support of Little Prairie Church. I was told by my
friends ie. Carroll C. and Art S. at different times, in the early
1900’s, in the community, John Seim, Lude Peterson, and Peter
Carlson were called THE BIG THREE.

Eva Berube Seim originally from Thorne, was a long time teacher.
She first taught at rural country schools then at Dunseith Public.
The young Eva, of Thorne and of French descent,while teaching at
rural Schools met Arthur Seim of Norweigan descent. Art converted
to the Catholic faith and they married.
Eva entered into the Dunseith rural community of the hills….which
was predominately Scandinavian in the 1920’s. Eva continued to be
strong in her Catholic faith. From her we garnered strong unwavering
faith, pea soup and Boston Raisin Round bread. She brought her own
attributes and talent into the community.

Their son, Edwin also graduated from Dunseith High. Marion holds
special memories for me as well.. At Art’s funeral I discussed with
Marion, something I’d ever shared with anyone else…… the only
doll.. I named myself…I named using Marion’s name as a
“Sister_____-_______ “. No one knew where I got such a name from…
I was a foxy thinking 4 year old and by naming that doll, claimed my
first independent thought from my older sibling…..I
interchanged/flipped the two names. I recall my sister older sister
Nancy was quite chagrined at the time because I did not allow her to
name this particular doll as she had all my others. She couldn’t
figure out that name and was quite perturbed. I would not be
budged. And never told any one the origin until that November day
while saying goodbye to Art, with Marion,Margaret and Edwin.

Anyway, Gary my hope is that Margaret will enjoy your blog as much
as I and all the others who continue to gather and commune on
remembering Dunseith. As ever, Vickie.

Margaret Seim Lawston’s message (7/27/09):

Hi Gary, I had a most welcome phone call from Vickie
Metcalfe today. She was telling me about a blog you sent to people
with a Dunseith history and other connections. My parents were Arthur
and Eva Seim. I grew up in the Turtle Mts. I would be very happy if
you would add me to your list . Thanks, Margaret

Vickie & Margaret, I am so sorry I missed your message Margaret in my in box. It was there, I just missed it.

Margaret, Many of our readers will remember you well. It is with great pleasure that I add you to our distribution list. Gary

Art Seim

Reply from Kathy Fassett Klemmer (71): Plantation, FL.

Hi Gary! Thanks to my dad, I guess I’ll get on the mailing list! You are so wonderful to do what you do for the folks in/around Dunseith.

I was born in Bottineau, but only went to the first grade in Dunseith before dad/family moved to El Paso, Texas, so even tho I didn’t go to school more than that 1st year – I’ve had a deep connection with Dunseith. I graduated from Burke Central High School in 1971 (Lignite, ND). Up until a few years ago when my grandma (Kate Fassett) and my mom’s oldest sister – Cynthia Johnson – Irene and Bill Fassett passed, I would go up to Dunseith every summer to visit them. It’s not the same now that they are gone. Loved listening to their stories of life growing up and raising family in Dunseith. I sure miss them all!

I get up there whenever I can. There are no better people in the WORLD than the folks from ND. We spent every summer in Dunseith when dad was in the border patrol (living in California) – best memories. Was there in October, but only for a short trip.

Sorry we couldn’t make it on the cruise. Many family health concerns at the time, but all is well now! Thanks for letting me keep in touch with friends and family. Kim (sister) and dad Darrel have been keeping me up to date on everything going on.

Thanks again for adding me to the list – I look forward to reading more about everyone up there. Hi Crystal and Dad and all those who keep me informed on the ND life!

Cheers, Kathy (Fassett) Klemmer

Oldest & Youngest on the Alaska cruise that attended school in Dunseith

Posted by Keith PLadson (66): Stafford, VA


I hope you get this. We took this the last day of the cruise as we were docked in Seattle.


Keith, I see this picture was taken in the Market Cafe up on the 12th deck. Many folks from our group ate breakfast up there. They served some of the best French Toast that I have ever eaten. Their Bacon was really good too. The ship served premium food in all of their restaurants. The Market Cafe seemed to be a good place to meet and socialize in the morning hours and for lunch too. We normally had our evening dinner in one of the finer more formal restaurants. The price was right, nothing. It was all included in the price of cruise. Gary

Oldest & youngest on the cruise that attended school in Dunseith

Becky Sime Coles (83) & Minnie Knox Flynn (47)

Alaska Cruise “Dunseith school kids” photo:

Bill Grimme has provide us with a numbered key below for the picture I posted several days ago of those of us that were on the cruise that attended school in Dunseith. I will be posting the key for the total group picture in several days after I get conformation from those that went on the cruise that I have labeled it correctly. Gary

Those that attended Dunseith schools

that went on the Alaska Cruise.

The numbered key and picture are pasted below

Number Sort Name Sort
1 Millang, Edna (Susie) Knox) 7 Abrahamsom, Doyl
2 Sjol, Diane (Larson) 4 Baldwin, Nancy (Hosmer)
3 Stokes, Darrel (Bud) 25 Coles, Becky (Sime)
4 Baldwin, Nancy (Hosmer) 20 Espe, LeaRae (Parrill)
5 Vandal, Sandra (Zeiler) 17 Espe, Terry
6 Richard, K. (Flynn) 26 Flynn, Minnie (Knox)
7 Abrahamsom, Doyl 14 Flynn, Randy
8 Grimme, Bill 12 Gottbreht, Patty (Boguslawski)
9 Haagenson, Cheryl 8 Grimme, Bill
10 Stokes, Gary 9 Haagenson, Cheryl
11 Munro, Geri (Metcalfe) 21 Hamnes, Beverly (Handland)
12 Gottbreht, Patty (Boguslawski) 15 Leonard, Bill
13 Longie, Bill (Willie) 13 Longie, Bill (Willie)
14 Flynn, Randy 18 McKay, Phyllis
15 Leonard, Bill 16 Metcalfe, Gary
16 Metcalfe, Gary 1 Millang, Edna (Susie) Knox)
17 Espe, Terry 11 Munro, Geri (Metcalfe)
18 McKay, Phyllis 24 Pladson, Keith
19 Shelver, Dave 6 Richard, K. (Flynn)
20 Espe, LeaRae (Parrill) 19 Shelver, Dave
21 Hamnes, Beverly (Handland) 23 Sime, Florence (Pladson)
22 Stickland, Lee (Leland) 2 Sjol, Diane (Larson)
23 Sime, Florence (Pladson) 22 Stickland, Lee (Leland)
24 Pladson, Keith 3 Stokes, Darrel (Bud)
25 Coles, Becky (Sime) 10 Stokes, Gary
26 Flynn, Minnie (Knox) 5

Vandal, Sandra (Zeiler)



11/16/2016 (2459)

Wendal Cushing and Grimme relationship correction
From Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND


I think Wendal was a first cousin to Bill Grimme as their moms were sisters, if my memory is correct?  They were both Fassetts from Thorne.


Gary’s comment
Dick, I realized the error after I posted that. Thanks for seeing the error too and bringing it to my attention.


Wendal Cushing Funeral Services
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau, ND

Wendal Cushing, age 85 of Bottineau, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Mesa, AZ. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Burial will be in Oak Creek Cemetery, also in Bottineau. Visitation will held on Friday, beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau.


Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Note: Ralph Johnson’s Mother was Ruth Peterson, former Dunseith teacher.

Ralph Oscar Johnson
July 22, 1939  –  November 11, 2016

Life Legacy

Ralph Johnson, 77, Minot, entered into eternal life Friday, November 11, 2016, at Trinity Hospital, Minot, with his companion of many years, Mary Dixon, by his side.

Ralph Oscar Johnson was born into earthly life July 22, 1939, at Bottineau, ND, to Ruth (Larshus) and Norman T. Johnson. He was the oldest of three children born to this marriage that later ended divorce. The family continued to live with his grandparents in the Turtle Mountains while their mother taught school in the Turtle Mountains, Newburg, Williston and Dunseith.

At 18 years of age, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy proudly serving his country for four years. While in the Navy, he became a radio specialist and was a member of the boxing team and baseball team.  Part of his tour was served in Japan.  He often told stories of the games, fights, and all the camaraderie of his ship mates, which is most likely where his practical jokes came from as well as from his grandfather. He was honorably discharged and then returned home to Bottineau and resided on the farm.

After returning home, he went to work in the oil fields, then as a truck driver, and when the oil work ended in North Dakota, Ralph returned to Minot.  It was in Minot that he learned to be a brick layer and later started his own business, Ralph Johnson Masonry.  He expressed great pride about the many fireplaces he built for people in Minot.  He also constructed many buildings, a couple being the Starlite Lounge, The Super 8 and Super 8 Lounge.  As you drive to Bottineau there are also several buildings he built that he always mentioned on the way.  He was tough on his hands, one time crushing his fingers and one time cutting his hand to the point of almost cutting off his fingers. He was one tough man in that he had someone drive him to Minot so that  they could be reattached. When he went to physical therapy they told him he would not ever regain use of the hand but he proved them wrong and returned to brick laying. His hands always had a great deal of strength and no one wanted him to grasp them above the knee or firmly grasp their hand!  A person did not dare move if he did!  During the late 1960’s, he bartended and then purchased the Corner Bar. In the later years after his health prevented him from masonry work, he managed/owned several local drinking establishments which included: The Starlite Lounge and Bottle Shop and Cheers Lounge and Restaurant.

Ralph once raced late models at the Nodak Speedway and was a member of the Nodak Speedway Club.  He drove Oldsmobiles and he truly enjoyed the excitement of racing, with accidents and all.

He was once married to Diann Thompson. From this union, three children were born. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Ralph did not remarry, but had a companion, Mary, for many years. Ralph loved NASCAR Racing, football, especially the Minnesota Vikings, college football, hunting, fishing, cooking in the rough Rider chili cook-off as well as the Beef and Pork cook offs.  He truly enjoyed any and all sports.

For the past five years, Ralph has fought different battles with many illnesses, always fighting back until he regained his health.  This time he just couldn’t win the battle.

He was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back. He had an infectious laugh and loved to make people laugh. When he was around you, you knew there was going to be a practical joke of some kind. He was extremely proud of all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and he enjoyed taking the older ones hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his lifelong companion, Mary Dixon, of Minot; Mary’s daughter, Chery (Tim) Bourdeau, and their three children and one grandchild; Ralph’s three children, Wanda (Kevin) Sigurdson of Prior Lake, MN, and their two children, Caryn and Spencer; Robert ‘Bob’ (Denell) Johnson, of Minot, and their five children, Samantha, Levi, Leah, Amy and Robert, Jr, and their two grandchildren; and Corey (Jennifer) Johnson, Blaine, MN, and their son, Cooper; sisters, Norma Manning and her special friend, Don Martin, Princeton, IL; and Shelly (Jim) Bohl, Upham, ND; brother, Douglas (Sheila) Johnson, Burlington, ND; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and  nieces.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother, step-father, father, several aunts and uncles, one sister and brother, one brother in law, and many friends he had over the years.

Funeral: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot, with Rev. Don Andrews officiating and a lunch to follow. In honor of Ralph, please feel free to wear your Minnesota Vikings apparel.

Interment:  Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Rendahl Lutheran Cemetery, rural Dunseith, ND.

Visitation:  Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred either to the family or your favorite charity.


Postings from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau, ND
Dunseith news Dunseith grant

Joke of the Day
Posted by Don Malaterre (’7u):  Sioux Falls, SD

John Cassis is one of our nation’s finest motivational speakers.
He told a story recently about a time when he was serving as one of the Chaplin’s for the Chicago Bears during their glory years of the 80’s.

As John tells it, Mike Ditka was about to deliver a locker room pep talk one day. He looked up and saw defensive tackle William “Refrigerator” Perry. How could he not see him? At 338 pounds the Fridge stood out even in a crowd of pro football players. Ditka gestured to the Fridge. “When I get finished,” he said, “I’d like you to close with the Lord’s Prayer.”

Then the coach began his talk.

Meanwhile, Jim McMahon, the brash and outspoken quarterback, punched John Cassis. “Look at Perry,” McMahon whispered, “he doesn’t know the Lord’s Prayer.”

Sure enough, Perry sat with a look of panic on his face, his head in his hands. He was sweating profusely. “Everybody knows the Lord’s Prayer,” said Cassis to McMahon in disbelief. After a few minutes of watching the Refrigerator leaking several gallons of sweat, McMahon nudged Cassis again. “I’ll bet you 50 bucks Fridge doesn’t know the Lord’s Prayer.” As Cassis tells the story, he stops to reflect on the absurdity of it all: “Here we were sitting in chapel and betting 50 bucks on the Lord’s Prayer.”

When Coach Ditka finished his pep talk, he asked all the men to remove their caps. Then he nodded at Perry and bowed his head. It was quiet for a few moments before the Fridge spoke in a shaky voice, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord, my soul to keep…”

Cassis felt the tap on his shoulder. It was Jim McMahon. “Here’s the 50 dollars,” he whispered. “I had no idea Perry knew the Lord’s Prayer.”

True Story


Blog (520) posted on August 15, 2009


Posted on August 15, 2009

Thurman Parrill’s Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Folks, Thurman and Marie Parrill are my god Parents.

To the Parrill family: We extend our condolence to you with the passing of Thurman. He lived a great life pretty much to the end. I was told he was still a very sharp card player even with his dementia. He will be missed. I understand you guys had a family wedding in Spokane, WA too that most of you were attending when Thurman passed on. I know LeaRae (Parrill) and Terry Espe planned on attending the wedding following the cruise. Gary


Dec. 13, 1917-Aug. 4, 2009

Thurman Parrill, age 91, of Bottineau, died Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at a Bottineau hospital.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 12, at 2 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 11, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery near Dunseith.

Thurman Merton Parrill was born December 13, 1917, to Cecil Day and Laura Melhus Parrill near Thorne, N.D. His father passed away in the 1918 flu epidemic when Thurman was one year old. He grew up in the Bottineau area and attended area schools. The family later moved to Mountain, N.D., and he worked on the family farm until he joined the U.S. Navy on May 23, 1944. He served in the Pacific Theater on the SS Mormachawk and SS Orvetta during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on Feb. 15, 1946. After the war, he came to the Dunseith area and began farming in Rolette County.

On November 24, 1947, he married Marie J. Nelson at the Lutheran church in Dunseith. They moved to a farm in Bottineau County, where they raised their five children. In 1995, they sold the farm and moved to Bottineau, where they had since resided.

Thurman was a past member of Rendahl Lutheran Church and a current member of Peace Lutheran Church of Dunseith. He served as a Township Supervisor of Homan Township for many years. Thurman enjoyed playing cards and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by: his wife of more than 61 years, Marie, of Bottineau; and his children, Janet (George) LeNoue of Lexington, Ky., Lynda (Curtis) Jordan of Yerrington, Nev., and Clayton (Linda), Rodney (Ann), and Myron (Kathy) Parrill, all of Bottineau. He has nine grandchildren: Christy LeNoue, Michelle (Carter) Newton, Troy (Meagan) Jordan, Stephanie Swartz, Katie (Tyrell) Lauckner, David, Brooke, Krystle and Shelby Parrill; and four great-grandchildren: Levi, Braxton and Declan Lauckner and Jordan Swartz. Also surviving are his half sister, Shirley (Oliver) Johnson of Grand Forks; half brothers, Don (Roberta) Cox of Cavalier, Joe (Gladys) Cox of Seattle, Wash., Ben Cox, Cavalier, and Paul Cox, Grand Forks; stepsister, Hazel Cox of Davenport, Iowa; brother-in-law, John N. Nelson, Minot; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Parrill and Eugenie Walker of Bottineau, Judy Cox, Cavalier, and Fern Cox, Union Mills, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dean Parrill, Darrell Cox, Mytroen Cox and Howard Cox; sisters, Avis Vivatson, Deedee Anderson, Fern Grimm, Edith Baratach, Esther Leonard and infant sister Helen Cox; stepfather, J.R. Cox; and nephew, Clark Parrill.

Memory of Mr. Jerstad from Kay Hosmer (77): Crown Point, Ind.

Memory of Mr. Jerstad from Kay Hosmer (77): Mr. Jerstad taught me how to ride a bike. His daughter Lori was my best friend. He was a wonderful father & friend.

Reply from Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND

I just want to say thank you for all your kind words. I am so thankful
that she is now at peace, now I just have to get over this somehow, very

Now we are getting ready for a wedding, got family home from Alaska,
sister-in-law Phyllis Gillis Schock and her daughter Lucy & family; John
and Karen Gillis will be home on Friday from Lawrence, KS along with Dean
Gillis and his 3 children. So that will keep us pretty busy. Been doing
some fishing by Devils Lake, catching some pretty nice walleye so planning
on a big fish fry with the family.

To everyone going on the cruise, happy sailing and have a good time. Will
talk to you all real soon.

Verena Gillis

Request from Darrel Fassett (47): Boynton Beach, FL

Our daughter Kathy who lives in Plantation, FL would like to be on your mailing list. Her address is kathyjohn@bellsouth.net. Thanx. Darrel Fassett.

Kathy, It is my pleasure to add you to our distribution list. Please let us know the class year you were with in Dunseith so I can add you to that class list? You sister Pam was with our class of 65. Gary

From Bobby Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas


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

My cousin Maurice Aird and his family live in St John – wish I was there.

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Great newsletter today; I thought we’d be receiving one soon.

I love the pictures; I recognize some of the people–you, Bernadette, Debbie, Bud, Mr./Mrs. Reing, Minnie Flynn, Florence Sime, ? McKay, Bill Grimme, and, I think, a Morinville–maybe a few I’ve forgotten to mention. When we receive the “key” to the people, it will be fun to put faces to names/vice versa.


Previous reply from Neola

Hi Gary,

I laughed out loud when I read that Lillie thought you boys should be checked for worms. I could just picture her standing there telling your dad to have his boys checked for worms. I love when comments like that are added, as it brings back wonderful memories of those who are “gone”.

Also, Ken Striker sent the same email to me that he sent to you. I replied to his email and also asked if he would like to be put in contact with Eileen (I might have asked her if it was OK before I made this offer–or not! I know Eileen loves to help wherever she is able to.). To make a long story short, they connected, and she has sent a great Striker file. I’ll forward our email exchanges to you. Eileen never fails to amaze me with what she can compile in very little time.


Lee Stickland’s (64) message to Gina our travel agent: Dickinson, ND.


I want to thank YOU so much for the wonderful cruise that YOU and Gary put together for the Dunseith Alumni.

The time together was rich as we all renewed old familiarities.

Gloria and I found the cruise to be a great experience.

Gina, thanks again.


Gina’s reply:


God bless you and thank you for being such a highlight of your group!

Gary was an exceptional group leader and is obviously a wonderful human being.

It was my sincere pleasure to help Gary with your Dunseith group cruise vacation.

Best regards and my thanks to you,


Gina S. Ford

Cruise At Will, Inc.

Cruise and Travel Planners

1-866-870-6986 (toll free)

703-580-1190 (local)


Email change for Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary,

Just to let you know, I’ve changed my e-mail address to



Email change for Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

For some of you this is the second message about changing my email address, but for the rest of you, I am putting Princessredfern in mothballs. The old girl is retiring. I am tired of explaining her. So…..my new address is Still a little long, but at least you’ll know it’s me.



P S.. If you do send to princessredfern, I will still check it for a good long while.

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Dunseith, ND

This message was sent to you by vickie,metcalfe@sendit.nodak.edu, as a service of The Seattle Times http://www.seattletimes.com.

Comments from sender: Scanning the Seattle Times I came across this article on Agent Orange.

Picture from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND.

Gary, I know I am sending you A lot of pictures you can show these when you have the room ok. This is Jess Hosmer. I would like to know who the little girl in the background is?

Bev, This is a great picture of Jess. Please keep the pictures coming. We love pictures. Gary

Jess Hosmer

Picture from Glen Williams (52): Missoula, MT
Gary Morgan, Glen Williams and Dick Morgan , 1987….at lake Mirond Canada…Note who has the fish….

Picture from Ronnie Cavaliere BRISTOL, RI.

Folks, Ronnie and Cora are dear friends of ours that joined us on the cruise. Cora is from here in Cebu. We truly enjoyed their company on this cruise. In a few years, after Cora receives her US citizenship, they plan on moving to the PI right here in Cebu. They are great folks. Gary

Cora & Ronnie Cavaliere and Gary & Bernadette Stokes in Juneau, AK

From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): SGERDES@aol.com Windsor, CO

Hi Gary,

Hope your cruise was wonderful. I am enclosing Ruths obituary. At her funeral in Bottineau, the following

letter was read by the pastor. My mom sent it to me, and I was so excited to get it. Bertha and Phylomena

Westerman were classmates and friends of mine, and I had no idea whatever became of them. I thought she wrote this so well. Don’t know how many recall the mission up north of Dunseith, but I stayed with them sometimes and loved it up there. More good memories of Dunseith. Thanks. Sharon Zorn Gerdes

Memorial written by Phylomena Westerman Phylomena

11/14/2016 (2458)

Wendal Cushing

June 30, 1931 – November 11, 2016

Wendal Cushing, age 85 of Bottineau, died Friday at Mesa AZ.
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Wendal was a teacher at the Forestry for many years. He was in the science department. I know those of you that attended the Forestry knew Wendal.

Wendal was a brother to Kathleen Grimme, Bill and Gwen’s mother, too.

We extend our condolences to all of Wendal’s family with his passing.


Remembrance Day
From Vickie Metcalf (’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

Dad’s brothers were, Billy, Charlie, Lucky,Jim, Archie, Emil, Henry, Lloyd, and…..Roy & George

My dad loved all his many brothers in our large Metcalfe clan.

He never differentiated between what other folks call ‘1/2 brothers and  full brothers.’

And through example, I was taught not to either.

I recall Dad often saying, “He felt  just as close or closer to  other veterans as he was to his own  brothers.”

As a child, I couldn’t fathom.


Why was he so fiercely connected to area veterans in our community in that way.

Whenever he heard a negative comment about another Vet , he’d quietly uplift  them with a comment.

When questioned say, “I understand him”.

One time he told his wishes. “He wanted area veterans as his pallbearers”

I didn’t get  it!

Through these many  years gone by, finally I understand, Dad would not and could not  judge another veteran.

He felt understood by other Veteran’s and understood them.

No. Not just Empathy.But literally.

As a youth he had walked and sailed through WWII, coming back changed a man.

So,I read this article  and thought.

Dad  would have known exactly what this Canadian veteran  was talking about.

“For Iqaluit-born Harry Eegeesiak, who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 22 years, Remembrance Day is about remembering his buddies.”

“We were all brothers. From a different mother,” he added, with a laugh.”


Clear now, with their solemn pride, veterans silently place the flags unfurling  in the breeze on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.

I give them a nod with thanks and  knowledge of the Blessed Freedom which I enjoy.

I silently whisper,  “Dad,”I GOT IT”.

Vickie L. Metcalfe



Blog (519) posted on July 22, 2009


Posted on August 14, 2009

Bill Berube has cancer (69): LARAMIE, WY

Posted by Crystal Fassett Andersen (70): Walhalla, ND.

Gary, I am not sure if anyone has shared this, but Bill and Sheri are needing everyone’s prayers, so could you Post this for anyone who wishes to send Bill a note. I know he would love to know so many people are praying for him.

A new Journal entry for William’s CaringBridge website was posted at 8:44:00 AM on Jul 27, 2009.

Read the latest update: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/williamberube

Bill, Being away from home the past 3 weeks, I am a little late getting this posted. This message about blew me away. With the possitive attitude that you have, you can lick this. Hang in there. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Gary


We got home this morning from our wonderful trip. It was a 24 hour trip from Seattle. The longest leg was the 10 1/2 hour flight from Seattle to Japan.

The Seattle reunion and the Alaska cruise came off nearly flawless in my opinion. What great events. Starting with the Seattle reunion on July 24th with 59 folks in attendance many of us saw folks we had not seen in years and in some cases nearly 44 years. I believe it was Evie Gottbreht and Francie Gottbreht that had not seen each other in nearly 44 years. They are cousins too. I had not seen Francie in 45 years myself. That whole evening was so much fun talking and visiting with so many folks from the past. I think we have some pictures on our camera that Bernadette took during the course of the evening that I will post at a later date. I know many of you guys have some good pictures too that we’d love to see. Please share.

The Cruise was awesome. It was so wonderful seeing so many of our group each and everyday of the cruise. The food and the ships hospitality were wonderful. It made for a great atmosphere for us to just enjoy. We had a wonderful cocktail party the first night, compliments of the ship. It was at this party that we discovered we had great singing talent among us. Cheryl Haagenson sang several beautiful songs. Later on in the cruise she won a singing contest too. What beautiful talent. I understand Gary Metcalfe sang a beautiful solo one evening too, without music. I missed that one. The mornings were great for a lot of us folks too, up in the Market Cafe on the 12th deck, table hoping shooting the breeze as folks from our group filtered through for breakfast at different times. I think several days, several folks never left the Market Cafe from Breakfast until lunch at noon. There were lots of stories and memories told. What fun. On the 5th night the ship arranged for all of us to dine together for the evening dinner meal. Following the meal we had two beautiful professional pictures taken of our group that I have pasted below. I will post the identities of those in these pictures in a few days. Bill Grimme has provided a great key with numbers for each of these pictures that I will be sending out in a couple of days. For now I am just posting the photos. I plan on sending the total group picture to all three of the local Bottineau/Rolla/Belcourt papers too. I’d love some help with a newspaper article too. I am not the worlds greatest writer and they print everything pretty much as written that is sent to them. There are 26 of us in the photo of those of us that attended Dunseith that were on the cruise.

I have not posted everything that I have in my in box that I have recieved from you folks with this message. I should have my in box pretty well cleaned out and caught up in the next day or two.

From Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND.

Hi Gary and everyone on the blog…
First of all, I want to say that the cruise was an experience of a
lifetime. We were treated first class all the way. The ship and
everyone on it made the cruise an event to remember. Our weather was
perfect; the rooms fantastic and roomy; the food excellent; the
entertainment and company second to none…I could go on and on. I
think I took over 600 pictures..thank goodness for digital cameras. I
want to say that Gary, you did an amazing job of pulling this
together…words can’t say enough about the good you do in this
world….bringing us together in friendship….Bernadette, I was so
happy to meet you…you are beautiful and kind….The dinner before
the cruise was great and it was so wonderful to see so many people we
haven’t seen in awhile…and meet some I have never met before. I
think I am still on Alaska time….we flew in tonite from Seattle and
got into Minot at about 1130 pm and here it is 2:50 in the morning and
I am still up….

Well, it is back to reality….and a diet….I think I must have
gained a few pounds eating all that delicious food!!!

From Bill (Willie) (60) & Al-lyn Longie: Vancouver, WA


I don’t know if you are still vacationing or have returned home and are or aren’t checking emails but I wanted to tell you again how much Bill and I appreciate all the work you did to provide an unforgettable experience for us. We would have loved to have spent more time visiting but aside from that the cruise was flawless. I had never imagined we would be seeing all we did and felt we were allowed extra privilege with the weather we got to enjoy.

Each person we met was a delight and every excursion memorable.

While most of you are still unwinding from this past trip I am already gearing up for the next. Please stay in touch and keep us posted on any future trip or plans to get together.

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet you in person.


From Randy Hiatt: NORTH BEND, WA.

Gary and family I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated you
taking the time to meet with my wife Lori and me. I greatly appreciate
the packet of letters from Bing Evans. I hope your trip up to Alaska
went well. The weather should have been good as we set a record in
Seattle of 103 degrees the week you guys were in Alaska. Any more
letters or pictures of my biological father Bing would be appreciated.

Gary Stokes I am glad I had a chance to meet you in person and see the
man who has put so many memories together for folks like me. I am
looking forward to reading the blog and see how things went up in

Once again thanks, Randy Hiatt

Randy, Thank you. You guys are great folks as well. You come from good stock. You are such warm loving friendly folks. I was a bit surprised when you introduced your self to me in the Denny’s restaurant in SeaTac. It was such a pleasant surprise. Gary Metcalfe and his family were with you too. Gary

From Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.

Some Pictures from the Cruise


From Blanch Wicks Schley (42): Grandforks, ND.


I will miss reading your daily message and look forward to your return. Happy Birthday, Happy Trip and Happy Reunion with your service buddies. You are such a good organizer so I am sure that everything will be most enjoyable.

I have been wondering how the school system in Dunseith meeting in the original building accommodated grade school and high school. Can you enlighten me on this? When was the first graduating class at Dunseith High School?

Best wishes for a very pleasant vacation!

Blanche Schley

Blanche, Thank you very much for the kind birthday wishes. You are so thoughtful. I think I will let Dick Johnson or some of the others in the know answer your question about school. Gary

From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Happy Birthday Gary! You share a birthday with Toni Morinville Gredesky. Enjoy your vacation. It couldn’t happen at a better time for me – we are taking a month long road trip to MN, ND and the state of Washington – August 1 to August 31. Will only have two weeks of Dunseith blog catch-up when I return home.

Happy Birthday!


Thank you Brenda. Gary

From Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68): Newark, Delaware

A little birdie told me to wish Gary Stokes, Toni Morinville Gredesky and Dick Johnson a very “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” On July 21st! Health, happiness and longevity are wished for all!

Paulette, Thank you too. Gary

Dick Johnson’s (68) reply: Dunseith, ND.


I was born on July 20, 1950 and Toni was born the next day–July 21. Our
moms were room mates at the Bottineau hospital.


From Bobby Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas


Thank you Bobby for the kind words. Pictures can be deceiving. With a little closer look, I’m getting a little rough around the edges. Gary

From Marlene Richard Parslow (65): mmparslow@msn.com River Falls, WI. & Sunlakes, AZ.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARY!!! You look a lot younger than me!! How did that happen?? Have a great vacation. You deserve some rest and relaxation. You have been a life line to many of us!

Marlene(Richard) Parslow

Marlene, Now your are making me feel really good. I think the looks thing can be disputed though. I have attached a beautiful picture that speaks for it self. We 65 folks have hit that 62 year mark too. Gary

July 12, 2007
Marlene Richard Parslow

From Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Gary, have an enjoyable vacation with Bernadette. See you when you get back. I also enjoy your blogs everyday and look forward to the next one. I have learned a few things about my family the JOHNSONS. Sybil Johnson

Dunseith Alaskan Cruise

Total group with a few folks missing. We had 64 folks in our group of which there are not 64 in this picture. We are missing several who at the moment I don’t know who they are. I’ll figure it out though when I put the key together. Gary

Those that attended Dunseith schools that were on the cruise.

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Condolences to the Leonard family
From Bob Lykins (60’s DHS teacher):   Hutto, TX


Please extend to the Leonard family my deepest condolences over the loss of Lowell.  I came to know Lowell when I taught in Dunseith and called him a good friend.  We had many great times with the Jurie’s, Hepper’s, Espe’s, and so many other wonderful people that were our friends in Dunseith.  Lowell’s winning personality,  good humor and ability to tell a good story made him a welcome fixture at any party.  Another leading light in Dunseith has been extinguished.  I wish him well on his current journey.

Bob Lykins


Condolences to the Leonard family
From Sybil Johnson: Minot, ND

I want to send my condolences to the Leonard family. Augie spoke many times about Lowell. I didnt know him that well, but you have my most heart felt sympathy.

Sybil Johnson


Theresa Morin Poitra Passing and Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

This evening, I received a call from Theresa (Morin) Poitra informing me of the passing of  her sister.

Bernice was the  second daughter of  Metcalfe family friends,  Emil and Genevive (Delorme) Morin.

My heartfelt sympathy to her children, grandchildren  and extended family.


Vickie Metcalfe


Cecelia Poitra
July 21, 1941 – November 07, 2016

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Cecelia Poitra, age 75 of Grand Forks formerly Dunseith, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 in a Grand Forks health care center. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 14,2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the St Michael’s Catholic Church of Dunseith. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Sunday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Dunseith City Hall.


Blog (518) posted on July 21, 2009


This will be the last blog message until August 14th. Bernadette and I will be leaving for and spending the night in Manila tomorrow. Thursday Morning we’ll be departing for Seattle. We have a lot planned for this trip back. Following the cruise, we will be having a reunion with my former Army Reserve unit also being held at the Best Western. Our group paved the way for that reunion. I just mirrored it to ours. That one is shaping up to being a pretty big reunion. We were a Dental Unit out of Tacoma and did most of our week-end drills in one of the Dental Clinics at Fort Lewis. We became a pretty close knit bunch over the years. Our unit was deactivated in 1996 and this will be our first reunion. We were the largest Dental reserve unit in the whole Army with 90 members inclusive of 35 Dentist. In the last 3 weeks I got roped into organizing a breakfast reunion for the retired folks from my former department code in the Shipyard too. Bernadette and I have also arranged to have a no host dinner with about 40 of our friends at one of the local Bremerton Restaurants too. As you can see, this will be a fun trip back for us.
Please keep the messages coming. I will get regrouped when I get back to the PI. I will be monitoring my Hotmail account the most while we are back in the states.
From Dave Slyter (70): Fargo, ND.
Hey Gary:I see that you have a birthday tomorrow (July21st) Just want to wish you a very “Happy Birthday” and thanks for all you have done to bring everyone together. 62????

Dave Slyter :) (70)

From Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.
Hi Gary,
I hope you have a safe, and very enjoyable trip to Seattle and Alaska. I know everyone will enjoy the time you spend together. Let us know all about it when you return. Have a very happy birthday, July 21st too!! I’ll be thinking of you all.
Dave & Eileen, I was trying my best not to let the cat out the bag with this one, but yes today, July 21st, is my birthday. Actually Eileen, I was just going to send you a personal reply, but then when I got Dave’s message, I thought I better post them. Neola sent me an advance happy birthday wish several days ago too. Dale Pritchard sent advanced happy birthday greetings a while back too. Thanks to all of you. 7/21/1947 would make me 62. I can start drawing social security now. With the federal retirement system social security off set, I won’t be getting much, but that’s OK, I’m not complaining. I got my Social Security quarters with the Army Reserves. Those reserve years have sure given me a whole lot of benefits in my later years. Those older than me will always be the Senior citizen. I don’t ever plan on getting there. Gary
Two years ago (2007) at a family reunion in the Bottineau Park
Ken Stiker’s reply to Neola: Dayton, OH.
Neola- I sure appreciate your contributions to the blog. I am the “archivist” for the Striker family.
Wm Elmer Striker m Adele Schefter and homesteaded in the Rolette Co ND/Dunseith area in April of 1900. I would like to have anything you come across regarding descendants of this family. Ken Striker 4769 Arcadia Blvd, Dayton OH 45432. email:
Question from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA
Gary, I didn’t know Clarence Bjornseth but I did know Jacob Bjornseth pretty well. We
rented his hay fields and stacked or baled his hay for a few years.
Jacob was a really nice person also. Was Clarence related to Jacob in
any way? I didn’t see Jacob’s name in the obituary.Dale

Dale, the Bjornseth’s are all related. Clarence’s parents were Art & Emma Johnson Bjornseth. Jacob was married to Cora Johnson. Jacob and Art were Brothers married to sisters. That would make Jacob an uncle to Clarence. Cora and Emma Bjornseth were sisters to Sander, Eddie & James Johnson too. Not too many years ago when I was talking to Clarence in Bottineau, I commented that he had a long walk to the Ackworth school from where they lived in Bottineau county. He said “When I went to Ackworth, we lived where the Bob Pritchard farm is today”. That’s your old place. As a kid I can remember visiting Art & Emma Bjornseth on Sunday afternoons. With the lunch Emma prepared, we never went away from their house hungry. We boys had some hellacious appetites in those days too. Dad’s sister, Lilli Gunderson, thought we had warms and was dead serious when requesting my folks to have us checked to see if we did indeed have worms. We were just some bean pole kids with big appetites. Gary
Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI
Hi Gary and Everyone
Just a quick reference to the comment Verena Gillis made about Agent orange or other chemicals possibly used in the area between the Peace Garden and Lake Metigoshee that possibly could have added to the occurrence of cancer deaths in that area I sincerely hope that the U S Govt, the State of North Dakota, and canada, as well as local officials have addressed this with all of the citizens of North Dakota, more especially with those who lived in or near the “Hills”. If this was partially responsible, it is most unfortunate that people were not informed and I really believe the Chemical company owe a complete explanation as to why people were not informed or why there was not more research done too protect the residents. I will leave it there and trust the good judgement of the people of North Dakota to clear the matter up.
Meanwhile; I wish to wish you and your wife Bernadette, and all the Dunseith Alumni participating in the Alaskan cruise the best time and cruise possible
Kindest Regards to All
Erling Landsverk
Reply from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND.
I too remember sneaking in to listen to the band during lunch breaks. Wow were they ever good, and so many different instruments, some of which I had never seen or heard of before. And the day Mr. Johnson accepted me into choir was unforgettable. I was always in awe of him and his wonderful talents.
Now days the choirs and bands disappoint me too, when I get the opportunity to listen, as they seem to be just slightly off key and tempo. The choirs are very hard to hear over the accompanying music. Seems they don’t know about Mr. Johnson’s “sing out! I need to hear you!” But perhaps that is just me getting old and hard of hearing as well. LOL I do know however that you could hear our choir very well over the music as he recorded a lot of the songs we did and played them back in class to illustrate how we could do better. And he never settled for less than our best.
He also insisted on being well dressed and IN UNIFORM, no excuses. When my daughter started band the kids threw fits about having to wear uniforms. I guess they didn’t want to be recognized as part of an elite group and all wanted to be their own person, or perhaps they just thought them silly. But those band uniforms were great back in the 60’s. I can not ever remember seeing Mr. Johnson in anything but a suit and tie with well polished shoes and neatly cut hair.
Keep the memories comin’ y’all.
And thank you again Gary for your hard work and dedication to this blog.
Email address change for Pam Fassett Faust (65): Lilburn, GA
Gary – Please change my email to
I got laid off this morning, so I’m going to have to figure out how to use this alternate email address. I sincerely enjoy your daily messages. You are a saint to do this for all the ND folks. Thank you so much!
Pam (Fassett) Faust.

11/09/2016 (2456)

Obituary from Bob Leonard (’51): Dunseith, ND

Lowell Leonard
Leonard, Lowell 2456
December 15, 1941 – November 05, 2016

Lowell Leonard, age 74 of Dunseith, died Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Rolette Community Care Center. A memorial service will be held on Friday November 18, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith with burial following at Riverside Cemetery of Dunseith. His long struggle with cancer is over, he can now rest in peace.

Lowell Leonard, a son of Edward and Edna (Lilleby) Leonard, was born on December 15, 1941 at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bottineau. He attended the Dunseith School System and graduated from the High School there. He continued his education for 1 year at the former North Dakota School of Forestry in Bottineau. He moved to California and worked there for about 3 years. He returned to Dunseith and owned and operated the Garden Tap and Lanes in Dunseith for a couple of years, owned and operated a drive in restaurant near the International Peace Garden, and worked for a duty free shop in the same location serving Canadian traffic at the Dunseith Port of Entry, the last company being Duty Free America. He was also a school bus driver for Fugere & Hill serving the Dunseith School District for many years.

He was a sports enthusiast with a particular liking for the San Francisco Giants hoping they would win the World Series every year. Horse Racing was another interest and was a part owner in a race horse which raced in North Dakota and Manitoba. His interest in golfing started with the construction of the Garden Gate Golf Course north of Dunseith. He was one of the many volunteer workers that developed that project and became a life member of the Course. Fall was his favorite time of year when he could hunt birds and deer, he has a special relationship with 2 of the grandchildren, Markus and Ethan Poitra who he taught to golf and hunt; he traveled many times to Alaska to fish and visit friends. He had a fun loving personality and had many friends in the Dunseith and Bottineau area with whom he spent lots of time at the local golf courses competing. He always had a large garden and would provide squash to Peace Lutheran Church for their fall supper, he also sold some produce at local farmers markets.

He is survived by his companion Audrey Birkland of Dunseith; daughters, Jody St Claire of Towner, Laurie (Alan) Poitra, and Jessica (Clayton) Davis, both of Dunseith; 12 grandchildren; brothers William Leonard of Seattle, WA, Robert Leonard and John Leonard, both of Dunseith; sister Janice Workman of Auburn, WA; 23 nieces and nephews and numerous grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edmond, Ernest and sister Corrine.

Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends and family may sign the

online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


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


I am sending condolences to the family of Lowell Leonard who passed away Saturday. So sorry to hear of your loss Audrey,  God bless you and help you through this very hard time.

My prayers are with you.

Ginger Poitra


Reply to Art Rude
From Marlys Hiatt (’71): Dunseith, ND

Thank you Art for sharing your dad’s history.  That is something your dad and I have in common, a love for history.  I remember taking a history class where your dad was the teacher.  The class was held in the elementary cafeteria.  I don’t remember what historical facts I learned that year but I do remember having fun.

Marlys Hiatt
School Social Worker
Dunseith Public School


Reply to the elk photo posted last Monday
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

The guy with the trophy elk looks to me to be ‘Big Dave’ Berginski from our area over near Lake Upsilon.  There are some pretty nice herds of elk along the border here in the Turtle Mountains so he may have bagged one of of the local bulls.  It’s a nice bull and would score high on size.



Veteran’s day
Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


On Friday we honor our veterans, Armistice/Veterans Day by doing special things, like a run/walk. Last year it was pretty cold but many people joined in for the walk of approximately 6 miles. This happened in Belcourt and there will be another this year.

Just a reminder of what Beverly Morinville Azure class of “72 said in 2009 on this blog. Those were words that are so much needed by all our veterans to hear.

“I hope each and every American stands behind our soldiers  they are doing their job and doing it very well. And bless all the old soldiers for all you have given to keep us free. If you see a soldier please stop and tell them thank you you can’t know how much it means to them.”

Please,  all of us keep doing what Beverly worded so well with what we need to hear and practice at all times.

Because if it weren’t for what our soldiers have done for us, we would not have the freedom we have today.

I would like to thank each and every one of the veterans who so proudly served our country so we could be FREE!

May God bless you all!  You are very much appreciated!



Blog (517) posted on July 20, 2009

Posted on July 20, 2009

Reply from Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN

Hey Gary and Dave Slyter, I too started as a percussionist (drummer) under the direction of Don Johnson, he was a wonderful teacher and was very helpful. We had many good times in band and choir. Some of my fellow drummers were Lori Williams and Laurie Evans, Donna Wendstad, and Roberta Hagen and little Joel Fugere!!!. When I was in the 7th grade I remember many noon hours I would venture into the music room to listen and watch pep band or concert band, it was such a treat and I could not wait to get to band and play whatever we were practicing for. Watching some of the upper classman get into their instruments…we had a lot of talent in Dunseith. I especially loved to play with the pep band at the games, it is too bad that you do not see that anymore in Dunseith. I have gone to a couple of games to watch my nephews or niece’s play and it is not like I remember when I was in high school. Although change is good, I wish something’s would never change. High school brings back so many good memories and fun times, I know not all people enjoyed their high school years but I have fond memories and have never forgotten my roots or my friendships all thru my school days in Dunseith and my grade school years in Dunseith Indian School. We had such a simple life and no worry’s. I often go thru my high school yearbooks and look at the people and think I wonder what they are doing now. This email blog has allowed me to rekindle some old friendships and catch up on the news from around the world! I know it is often said, but Gary, thanks again for all the hard work you do to keep this going! I know we hear from a lot of the older generation and their memories of Dunseith but hey come on some of you younger generation!!!! It would be nice to hear some old familiar stories, we all grew up in Dunseith or have some ties their, lets hear from the kids of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s!!!! Have a great summer!!

Alan Poitra (1976)

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,

I am so happy I am able to contribute to your newsletters. I have to thank Mom/Dad for saving the old newspapers. When Mom sold her house, I dragged the papers to Minot and put in my basement. I DO have a hard time throwing things, especially newspapers/photos/etc. Because of this unwillingness to throw pictures/newspapers, it is so strange I actually threw a picture awhile ago. Don’t you suppose this fellow was mentioned in your newsletter not long afterward! It was a picture of Jerry Boucher in his army uniform. I was so mad at myself for throwing this picture! I thought I’d never get it sent to a family member, so I might as well throw it–wrong!!!! Jerry and my brother, Jim, were in the same “outfit”/platoon/etc.

Jim had sent the picture of Jerry to Mom/Dad, along with some pictures of himself. The reason I know that’s what happened is because Jim wrote it in an old letter I just read. I think Jim and Jerry were stationed together at Stuttgart, Germany, besides here in “the states”. In one of the letters I just read (written at Fort Ord, CA, on January 14, 1961), Jim says, “I don’t really know where all of the guys were from that went down to Fargo by train. Duane Moussette, his friend, Jack McMullen and I and a guy from Minot (the guy I am with now–Neola’s comment: I think his name was Gary Larson.), and I don’t know where the rest of them were from. I guess one of them was Jerome Boucher from Thorne.” I’m quite sure my mom had asked Jim who some of the other fellows were who were one the train with him to Fargo. She usually asked questions in her letters, and Jim answered them in his letters.

Message/Newspaper articles from Neola:


I’ve been thinking I should scan Althea’s ad one of these times, so I decided to do it now. When I was enhancing the clipping, I glanced at the top movie and noticed Rory Calhoun stars it. The reason his name caught my eye, is that one of the first years I taught in Minot (started the fall of 1963), Rory Calhoun’s niece (actually, his wife’s niece) was in my class–I think her name was Cathy Castro. Rory’s wife/Cathy’s mother were sisters. I didn’t realize Rory was Cathy’s uncle until Rory/his wife came to visit Castro’s and Cathy mentioned her aunt/uncle were visiting their family, and her uncle was an actor. Castro’s lived just south of the school, so when Cathy told this to me, I looked down the street, and sitting in front of Castro’s house was a big old white “Caddy”. I can’t remember if I called the Castro house/sent a note to Mrs. Castro/or how I contacted someone to ask if Mr. Calhoun would be willing to visit our class. I received a polite note, saying he wouldn’t be able to do so. This was no problem (I was young and quite shy at that time, so I think it was a relief when he said he would be unable to visit our class.); what makes me mad is that I threw his note away!! Uff da!! The Castro family moved not too long after that year, so I don’t imagine Rory Calhoun/his wife visited Minot again. It’s a good memory! I had almost forgotten about it until I saw “Rory Calhoun’s” name. He was a HANDSOME fellow! I don’t know if he was a good actor, or not, but who cares/cared about that!!!! Ha!


11/07/2016 (2455)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Lowell Leonard (DHS Class ’59)

1941 – 2016

 Lowell Leonard

December 15, 1941 – November 05, 2016


  Lowell Leonard, age 73 of Dunseith, died Saturday, November 5, 2016 in a Rolette health care center.


Art Rude Senior
Face Book Posting from Art Rude (’71): Bismarck, ND

Memorial Service

Saturday, November 12, 2016
10:00 AM

Peace Lutheran Church

Dunseith, ND 58329


Art Rude

My Dad, Art Rude Sr’s story starts in his mother’s classroom. Hannah Larshus had graduated top of her class at Sacred Heart, Minnesota and started teaching school not long afterward, 1914-1915. You didn’t need an education beyond High School to teach, you needed someone to hire you. She was paid $12 a month, with $6 paid each month plus help with chores for room and board, and usually saved $4 a month. How many of us today save 1/3 of what we make? She had an adult first grader from Norway by the name of Gilbert Rude who as was common in the day, came to the country school as an elementary student to learn English. In 1919 she married him, which was not common, and they moved to Mullen Idaho where Gilbert worked in the mine.
On May 1, 1923, Arthur Russell Rude was born in the neighboring town hospital at Wallace Idaho. His older brother Gilbert Otis Rude had been born there two years earlier. Five years later in 1928, Gilbert and Hannah moved their young family to a farm in the Turtle Mountains, purchased with money saved while Gilbert worked in the mines. Hannah had family there, and she soon needed their help, as Gilbert became a patient at San Haven shortly after they moved, eventually dying from lung disease presumably from his years in the mine. So Hannah had two young boys to raise by herself in the middle of the Depression. Art and his brother learned to work at an early age and Hannah’s father Ole Larshus would walk the 6 miles from his farm in Bottineau County to help out when he could. Hannah’s brothers Oscar, Henry, and Albert Larshus, as well as neighbors would also help. It was a different time, far different than today. Life was tough, and they became tough.
As transportation also was far different than it is today, when Art’s older brother was ready for High School, Art was moved up two grades so they could attend together. They had a room above one of the stores in Dunseith, had jobs to earn their room and board while they went to high school, and were able to go home to the farm on weekends. Both brothers graduated in 1939, Art was only 16. He skated around Willow Lake on December 7, 1941 with a good friend, and went to a Luther League meeting in the evening where they learned about Pearl Harbor. He was terribly disappointed when he was classified 4F because of a recent back injury, while his brother was accepted and went to the Navy to serve in the Pacific theater. Art was determined to serve how he could and began to teach school, a service he rendered for 49 years, 39 of them in the Dunseith system. He also taught in several rural schools, including a 2 teacher school, Oxford, south of Rolla ND, with his mother. He was married in 1950 to Bertha Ingulsrud of Edmore, ND who at the time was working at San Haven north of Dunseith. She previously had been a patient there along with her father and several siblings. They had one son, Arthur Odin Rude, born March 31, 1953 in Rolla, during the time that Art taught at Oxford and Bertha cooked.
After returning to Dunseith, and eventually the farm, Art began teaching in the Dunseith system. He went summers to get his “Standard” 2 year teaching degree, and eventually his Bachelors degree in 1964, attending a total of 17 summer sessions to get his 4 year degree. After getting his degree, he worked many summers, as well as later in the years after retirement from teaching, measuring agricultural commodities for the USDA farm service, so Art was well known to most of the farmers in Rolette County. He took extra classes and was one of the first people in North Dakota to receive an Elementary Principal Certificate.
Art loved to teach, and History was his favorite. He had a banner that hung in his classroom for many years that read, “We study the past to appreciate the present and prepare for the future.” After retirement he did much work with the Rolette County Historical Society in St. John ND and the Hawk Farm Museum by Wolford, ND, and was always excited to share the history of rural North Dakota. He also was on the state board for the Easter Seals Society of North Dakota, and active in the Retired Teacher’s Association.
Although encouraged to go elsewhere to be with family, Art refused to leave Dunseith. He had lifelong friends there, as well as former students, it was home. He spent several years at the Dunseith Community Nursing Home, and died there at age 93, Monday October 31. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and wife. He is succeeded by one son; Art and wife Grace of Bismarck, 4 grandchildren; Ben of Ashville NC, Brandon of NY NY, Hannah Rude Wickey of Cheyenne WY, and Nikki of Bismarck. He also has 8 great grandchildren.
There will be a “Celebration of Life” service at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith, Saturday November 12, at 10:00 AM.
Rude, Art 2455)


From Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Does anybody know this guy?

Turtle Mtn. Elk?

A friend gave me this picture of an Elk shot in the turtle Mountains within the last few weeks.  It’s a friend  of a friend so can’t recall the name or the area.


Blog (516) posted on July 19, 2009

Posted on July 19, 2009

Folks, Something’s we take for granted and one of those is electric clocks. I have never seen an electric clock for sale in any of the stores here in the Philippines. This country has 220 volt electricty, so we had our house wired for both 110 & 220 volts when we had it built. We have several electric clocks that we brought from the states with us. The problem is they don’t keep good time. Some days they will gain as much as 5 minutes and other days day will loose as much as 5 minutes. In the USA they have true 60 cycle electricity. Here in the PI the eletricity is not true 60 cycle. Gary.

Condolences to Verena Gillis’ sister Dira’s family

From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND

Just a quick note to offer our sympathy for Verena and family on the loss of Dira. I did not know her, but she must have been one very brave and wonderful lady to face the hardships of cancer. I especially liked the poem on her handout. Very well written and so very very touching.

Condolences/Reply from Dave Slyter (70): Fargo, ND

Dick,Gary & Lola,

First my condolences to Verena and the whole family. It is never easy to lose a loved one. what a great poem to send her home. God’s Blessing to all of you.

Dick. You worry to much. ha ha I just had to remind everyone about the drummers being the heart beat of the band and pep band. ha Of course that was my favorite class of all time. Still today, music is in my blood and love listening to all kinds.

Lola. I do remember the fun we had during practices but always remember when it was time to be serious. Don would always give us that serious look and tell us thru that look that we better knock it off. ha It was great.

Dave Slyter (70)

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

HATS OFF to Devin Mellang. May God watch over him and all the other soldiers that are watching over us. They are the bravest of the brave . My heart and prayers are always with them and their families. I hope each and every American stands behind our soldiers they are doing their job and doing it very well.And bless all the old soldiers for all you have given to keep us free. If you see a soldier please stop and tell them thank you you can’t know how much it means to them. GOD BLESS YOU DEVIN.

Newspaper articles posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Folks, as you can see, Neola seldom throws anything away. I’m not sure how she keeps all these achieves straight.

Neola, We really appreciate all the stuff you provide. It takes a lot of time and effort to scan and send all that you do. You have been a huge contributor to the success of these daily messages and we do appreciate all that you do. Gary

11/04/2016 (2454)

Tribute to Art Rude
From Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ.

Gary, I was saddened to see of the death of Art Rude.  I knew him all of my life.

When I was a youngster hanging around town with my pals, Art would walk by with his cap on just at the right angle and ask what us kids were up to.  He always had a terrific smile, always greeted anyone nearby, did so much in the Dunseith school system educating and inspiring kids for decades.  I guess we all remember him in our own way.  I’m a senior citizen now, and I’ll take his lessons of good cheer, patriotism at its highest level, and optimism that he radiated as long as he could.  God Bless Art Rude. He made me a better person by his example. Bill Hosmer


The original “Mr. Rude”
Face Book Posting from Art Rude (’71): Bismarck, ND


Art Rude
November 2 at 8:40am ·

The original “Mr. Rude”. This is the way I’m sure many students from Dunseith remember him. He taught in the Dunseith system 39 years, including 2 years at Beaver Dam country school, most of those as the Elementary Principal. This was taken in the elementary “pods” and Dad took great joy in taking large groups like the Minot State Choir, in the center of the pod, and being able to observe 6 classrooms at the same time. He also taught (I think) another 10 years at country schools including a 2 teacher school south of Rolla (Oxford) with his mother. It was when they were at Oxford I was born, and why I was born in Rolla.
Most people upon death have a funeral, because we have chosen cremation they usually call it a memorial service, but we are going to have a celebration of my Dad’s life, Saturday November 12 at 10:00 AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Several friends have asked if I needed anything, and I said I didn’t, but I have decided to ask for some help from some of my friends from Dunseith. I am putting together pictures of my Dad for the celebration, and I can’t find any of the skating party that Dad did for about 20 years for the eighth graders of Dunseith. It was a big social event for Dunseith kids, and I have no pictures of that. Would really love to have some especially of Dad on skates. He loved to skate, his son not at all. I can always remember the date that Dad and his boyhood friend Con Carpenter skated around Willow Lake, because afterward they went to a Luther League meeting and heard about Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. If anyone out there has some pictures from the skating party they would be willing to share with me, that would be wonderful, I know it was a great memory for many Dunseith students. Dad did a lot of work to pull it off, usually 10 to 12 Fugere/Hill buses of kids to Bottineau, right after the end of hockey season. Also if anyone has some pictures of Dad at 4-H events, which was a big deal, but I have yet to find any pictures, at least ones that are clearly 4-H. Thank you.
Rude, Art 2454


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



Ruth Marie Bel
(July 2, 1935 – October 31, 2016)Sign Guest Book | Send Sympathy Card

Ruth Belgarde, age 81, of Dunseith, ND passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at the Rolette Community Care Center, Rolette, ND.

Ruth Marie Belgarde was born on July 2, 1935 in Belcourt, ND to Pierre and Alvina (Nadeau) LaFountain. She was raised in Belcourt and completed her education there as well. Ruth was united in marriage to John Belgarde. Together they raised a large family in which she was very proud. Ruth was a wonderful homemaker and mother. She enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino, and going to rummage sales. Ruth liked to go out riding, often checking on the old homestead. She loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren. Ruth will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by many.

Ruth is survived by her children, Francis (Sherry) Belgarde, Geraldine (Gordon) Munoz, Karen (Terry) Davis, Natalie (Michael) Grant, Duane (Loretta) Belgarde, Betty (Jeff) Charbonneau, Sandra Belgarde, Gail (Tom) Krause, all of Dunseith, and Mary Ann Henry of Dunseith, whom she also raised; step daughter, Debbie Koster of Center; 28 grandchildren; 95 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; and a sister, Cecelia McCloud of Grand Forks, ND.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Sharon Henry, and great grandchildren, Alexis Amyotte, Josh Charbonneau, Angel Marie Charbonneau, Ruth Belgarde, Sheron Henry Jr., and Ashlyn Haggerty.

Casket Bearers are Duane Belgarde, Gilbert Martell, Dustin Charbonneau, Jonathan Grant, Francis Belgarde Jr., Jace Amyotte, Todd Grant, and Stetson Davis. Honorary Bearers are Anthony Grant, Thomas Poitra, and Joshua Charbonneau. Music by Richard Turcotte and Troy DeCoteau. Readers are Misty Davis and Patricia Allard. Eucharistic gifts by Janelle and Kelly Karnopp. Rosary led by Vincent Grant.

A visitation will begin at 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Dunseith, ND with a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the church with Fr. Jeff Eppler, S.O.L.T. presiding. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt, ND.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.


Blog (515) posted on July 18, 2009


Posted on July 18, 2009

Verena Gillis’ sister, Dira Marie St. Claire Hosie, passed away

Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Hi everyone,
My sister passed away yesterday morning at 3:15 am surrounded by all her
loved ones. We are so thankful her suffering is over. I will send a copy
of the obit I wrote up for the papers. And thank you all so much for the
responses I have been getting on Agent Orange.



Verena, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. Our condolences are with you and your whole family with her passing. How is Larry St. Claire (66) related to you guys? Are you first cousins? Gary

Reply from Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (68): Dunseith, ND.

Dave and Gary–

OK David– tell it like it really was– you always got me laughing and sometimes that got us in trouble — remember??? ha!!_ Actually I don’t think I have ever seen you when you were not in a good mood!!

Larry Hackman– – there are so many stories Jay has of his Grampa “Joe” ( our Joe’s namesake) He sure laughed about the Onion story– I think he said he remembered that– Grampa Joe was such a big gentle guy didn’t talk a whole lot that I remember– But he told of being nightwatch at San HAven and someone had devised a plan to get a “bottle of spirits” up to a TB patient — however Grampa Joe was watching this, so he went up on 2nd floor and when the rope came by the window he cut it– spoiled someone’s fun!- ha–Yes, usually you could find him in “His” chair at the bowling alley– I think Dick told about him tapping him on the shoulder for a phone call so he could get his chair back- Jay said he did that to a lot of kids–

Jay tells about one day Grampa was complaining that as soon as he would try to sit down and eat his dinner some of the neighbor kids would come and keep ringing his doorbell – he would get up to see who was there and they would run away- well, Jay was there one day and this started up so Jay chased them down and pounded on them a bit- I think they all got in trouble- even Jay! ha!

Just some other thoughts about items I’ve read in the blog and never get much time to reply- so many memories come back– thinking about teachers that really made an impression on me leave warm memories ——like Miss Hewson, Charlotte Lang, Jess Hosmer, Mrs Conroy, Dan Morgan, Mrs Judy Olson, Don Johnson, and others– you knew they really cared and remained friends even as we got older.- —- Also the main street store people – SHelvers, Edna Leonard- the HOsmers- Morinvilles- Bill Evans and Armand Mongeon-Herman Martinson- KC- Sine- and the others- treated us like their own kids– and Helen Nelson!!- she was “one of a kind”!!- She made us feel so comfortable- no matter “what” we had to buy!!- In those days you didn’t even say “underpants” in public!! ha

I think of neighbors we had- all moved or gone now- the Lambs—– (Dorothy always had ice cold lemonade for us horseback riders) , Zeilers, Simes,Strikers- Espe’s ,Strongs- Petersons- Millangs, Fulsebakkes (like a bakery!)– such good memories- I don’t ever remember my folks ever having a bad thing to say about any of them that we ever heard! — the big gatherings we would have- like church In the homes In the wintertime and then the adults would visit and the kids play all afternoon and pot luck dinner– they were almost like family!- Well, enough babbling once I get started!!– Thanks Gary!! this blog is wonderful= I love the good old stories especially!!—Lola

Reply from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND


Boy do I remember the old crank telephone! When Bud and I were first married thats what we had. Of course it was there long before I was. I don’t remember the long rings or short rings of anybody (except central – hers was 1 long. I just remember being home alone with nothing to do so when the phone would ring I’d pick it up to hear what I could. Those turkeys all talked Norwegion and I couldn’t understand a word they said. When there was an emergency or alert for the neighborhood the lady at the central ofc rang 3 longs which meant everybody on the line was to pick up . I only remember that happening once when there was an unscrupulous peddler in the area.

Mary K

Mary, All the other central operators, but Kelvin, in those days had one long for central. Kelvin’s was two longs. I think when you guys were first married my cousin Audrey Aasness was the Metigoshe central operator at that time. I am including Audrey with today’s blog. She is living in Bottineau. Audrey is also a first cousin to the Morinville siblings. Audrey was the Metigoshe central operator for a number of years. I remember well, her living in that drafty old central office with her family that was located about 3 miles or so east of Lake Metigoshe on the north side of #43. Gary

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): djcars@hughes.net Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

I hope Dave Slyter didn’t think I was putting down our drummers. They
were the tempo keepers for the entire band and were the very core of
every song. I think my dad just wanted me to learn to play notes and
scales etc. We always had good drummers when I was in band, starting
with Dale Hoffman. Lola was good on the tympani set too. I think she was
the first drummer at DHS to ever play the tymps. I remember it was quite
a deal when we first got them, no other sound just like that! Other
instruments debuted too, like Toni Morinville on the oboe, Elaine
Metcalfe on the Bassoon, Cheryl Kester on the bass (or contr-bass)
clarinet, and as mentioned before, I played the new baritone sax and
then the real odd valve trombone. It all made for a more full and
distinct sound. I remember Don Darling teaching beginning band. Billy
Berube was the bass drummer and was trying to keep time. Don would first
start to pound his baton on his music stand and then if poor Bill didn’t
get in time, he would grab it by the other end and ‘wing’ it at Bill,
usually clicking it off the drum as Bill was ducking. Bill became one of
the best, it was just hard for us all to get started in like the 4th or
5th grade. Again Dave, I certainly didn’t mean to imply that the drums
and drummers weren’t important. They were and are the heart of a school
band. Some of the other songs for basketball games were, Sugar Lips,
Slow Boat to China, Wipe Out, and others. Thanks Gary!


Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Devin is the grandson of Glen/Edna (Susie) Millang and Richard/Ele Slyter.

Ele Dietrich Slyter’s (69) reply to Gary: Dunseith, ND

Yes, Devin is my grandson. He entered Marine boot camp at Camp Pendleton, CA last Monday. We are waiting to get a mailing address for him and will share it if you would like. Our daughter Sherri is married to Cam Millang, Glen and Susie’s son. They have two other children, Tanner, 16 and Lissy 12.

Ele’s follow up reply:

I forgot to add in my first reply that Devin is following in Grandpa Richard Slyter’s footsteps as he too trained at Camp Pendleton back in the late 60’s. Sorry about that.

11/2/2016 (2453)

Arthur R. Rude Sr.
May 01, 1923 – October 31, 2016

There will be a celebration of Art’s life,
Saturday November 12, 10:00 AM
at Peace Lutheran Church In Dunseith.

Art Rude Senior Passed away
Art Rude’s Face Book posting for his dad

Gary’s Comments
Art, Our condolences are with you and your family with the passing of your dad. He was well liked and well known and will be missed. He was a great teacher and administrator. He will be remembered in a good light by the thousands of students that were under his wing at the Dunseith schools. That is very evident with the many likes and comments, listed below, to this Face book posting and they are still coming in.

Art Rude
October 31 at 12:08pm ·

Heaven got a new angel this morning. I’m sure he will do a great job. He always seemed to do good work, and I’m sure he was ready.
Rude, Art 2453 Rude, Art 2453-1


Blog (514) posted on July 17, 2009

Posted on July 17, 2009

Reply from Dave Slyter: Fargo, ND

Dick and Gary:

In defense of all drummers that played for Dunseith High School, I have to say that we only had to read one note but we sure had to keep everyone else in the beat. : ) Drummers have rhythm. ha The best drummer in my days of high school was of course Bill Berube and then Bob Mongeon. They really could pound those snare drums. The best timpani drummer was Lola Metcalfe (Vanory). She of course had to read notes. I always use to tease her about the song that we use to play in practice. The song was “What Lola Wants/Lola gets” ha I use to just smile at her and she would just give me that mean look. ha For memory sake, the most favorite song for pep rallies and home basketball games was Peter Gun and for High School concerts I think it was the William Tell Overture. Always got big applause for those songs. Of course, Christmas concerts were always a big hit. Those were the days. So Dick, I am glad that your dad got you to learn all the notes but give credit to the those awesome drummers. I know you envied us. ha

Dave Slyter (former percussionist)(70)

Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA

The old crank phones had another unique feature. When it rang at your
home it also rang in the other homes on that particular line. A good
thing to remember was to not say something you did not want repeated —
the phone may have other ears!

Dale Pritchard

Dale, I remember those phones well. Margie Hiatt’s ring was two shorts a long and a short. Norman Hiatt’s was one long and a sort. Central was two longs. Stokes’ was one long. Those are the only numbers from that old crank phone system that I remember at the moment. There were no private phone calls in those days. In about 1963, those old crank phones were replaced with the current SRT phone system with underground wire. Gary

Clarence Bjornseth’s obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Folks, Clarence is an ole Ackworth boy. When he was a kid I think his parents lived where Robert & Dorothy Pritchard later lived. I could be wrong about that though. That was before my day. Evon Lagerquist is currently living on that place now.

My Dad, Bob Stokes, and Clarence were both born on September 2nd. Dad in 1915 & Clarence in 1916. They always exchanged humorous birthday card. With our trips back to the area, each summer, over the years, we’d see Clarence, often, around Bottineau, often times with Wendal Cushing at the Bowling Alley cafe. Clarence was a really nice guy that we will dearly miss. Gary

Sept. 2, 1916-July 13, 2009

Clarence Bjornseth, age 92, of Bottineau, died Monday, July 13, 2009, in a Bottineau hospital.

His funeral will be held today, July 16, at 2:30 p.m. inFirstLutheranChurchin Bottineau. Visitation will be today from 9 a.m. until noon at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be inOak CreekCemeteryin Bottineau.

Clarence Bjornseth, a son of Art and Emma (Johnson) Bjornseth, was born September 2, 1916, atHomanTownshipnear Bottineau. He was raised there and attendedAckworthSchool. He was baptized and confirmed at theSalemLutheranChurchnorth of Bottineau. He later attended auctioneering school inAustin,Minn.He returned to Bottineau and worked at the Bottineau Creamery and as an auctioneer in the Bottineau area.

On October 3, 1943, he married DeElla Bollinger atFirstLutheranChurchinMinot. He later worked as a salesman for several businesses in Bottineau including Gamble’s Store, Vinje’s Department Store, The Toggery and Page Implement. In the early 1950s, he began his farming career and in 1954 he began selling Lutheran Mutual Insurance in addition to farming. He retired from farming in 1977 and continued to sell insurance until the early 1990s.

He was a member ofFirstLutheranChurchin Bottineau, where he taught Sunday school for 18 years. He also served as president of the church council and on several other committees in the church. He was a member of the Bottineau Men’s Chorus and the First Lutheran Church Men’s Quartet. He was instrumental in founding the Bottineau Jaycees and the International Seed Show. He was also awarded the Bottineau County Ag Person of the Year. Clarence was a big supporter of Bottineau athletics. He was awarded a lifetime pass to allBottineauHigh Schoolsporting events. He also attended 38 consecutive North Dakota State Basketball Tournaments.

Clarence passed away Monday, July 13, 2009, in a Bottineau hospital.

He is survived by: his wife, DeElla, of Bottineau; daughters, Carol Wall (Carl) of Fargo, and Connie Gorder (Orlando) of Bottineau; four grandchildren, Stephanie Smith (Steve) of Minneapolis, Kathryn Sandven (Terry) of Edina, Minn., Kristina Patel (Tejas) of Seattle, and Jon Gorder of Minneapolis; eight great-grandchildren, Samuel Smith, Jacob Smith, Henry Smith, Louis Smith, George Sandven, Edward Sandven and Charles Sandven and Kaia Patel; sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and John Nickelson, Bottineau; sister-in-law, Lorraine Swanson, St. Augustine, Fla.; brother-in-law, Archie Bigwood of Bottineau; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Mabel Bjornseth; sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Armand Hall; sister-in-law Arloween Bigwood; brother-in-law William Swanson and mother and father-in-law Herman and Clara Mae Bollinger.

Class of 65 reunion 7-12-07
L To R: Angela Berube, Evie Gottberht, Gary Stokes, Bill Grimme
Standing in back: Allen Richard & his daughter Alaina. Sitting in Back: Bob Lykins

Terry and LeaRae Parrill Espe

Dean Pigeon Family