12/30/2016 (2474)

Happy New Year Everyone

This will be the last posting for this year.

We are now entering year 10 with the posting of the “Dunseith Alumni Blog”. The postings were daily until this year, 2016, when I cut them back to Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.

It has been a real pleasure doing this. I have learned so much and have learned to know so many people doing this. I have learned to know well, so many of you whose names I only knew in the past and many others  too. Many of you I have never met face to face, but  thru this we have become good friends and have learned to know each other very well.  What an honor it has been.

See you all next year.



Some very good pictures of our Christmas 2016 blizzard>>>
Posted by Wally Garbe (Neola’s Husband): Minot, ND.




Blog (535) posted on August 30, 2009

Posted on August 30, 2009

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

I knew that was Ginger LaRocque I worked with Ginger Belgard she must have been thinking of me. lol Sorry for the mix up. I wanted to ask where is Ken Kofoid is at ? I would like to know how his mother is I run into her at Walmart one day about a year ago. His parents and my parents were wonderful friends.In fact they helped build my parents house ,


Bev, I knew you knew that was Ginger LaRocque in that picture. We are all human and make those kinds of mistakes with me being right at the very top of the list.

Ken Kofoid, I’m assuming your mother is still living in Bottineau. Your folks, Freddie and Wilma, were wonderful people. I saw your dad several months before his passing when I was with my dad up at Bottineau Oil. Your brother Terry was managing Bottineau Oil at the time. Your dad was in good spirits and was very much aware his days were numbered with his cancer. I saw your mother in 2007 at a family reunion in Bottineau. She was looking good. Gary

Reply from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

You asked for an update of Luella’s condition: Its been a year and a half since she broke her hip and shoulder, and cracked the other shoulder. She has been walking with a cane for some time now and she has a limp, she does not think it will get much better. Her arms are good except the one with the broken shoulder, she cannot lift it up all the way.She has a built up shoe, as her leg is 1 inch shorter than the other one, and this is the second time that hip has been broken. As we get older it takes longer to heal and may not get back to normal.

Thanks Gary for sending Erling Landsverk my email. I have heard from him and will write him an email now.

I look forward to your blog every day


From Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Gary and friends, I remember Woodfords bar well as I used to deliver the Grand forks Herald there. Also a story I recall as a youngster. On some Saturdays the town was especially live with excitement. On one particular evening at dusk, I watched a couple of inebriated men stumble out merrily from Harold’s Bar. One had a jug opened and they had each an arm around each other. The guy without the jug, said to his friend, come on my buddy give me a swig! No! His buddy replied, get ur own! They quickly separated and the man without a jug swung at the man with the jug as he also swung. I watched as the two men’s punches miss each other and both rolled off the curb into the street, with the man holding the jug closed with his thumb never breaking the bottle or spilling a drop. When friend and I were struggling to keep from bursting out with laughter and give away our hidden lurking presence, it got worse. When the two men fought their way out and over the gutter back on to the street, the comedy continued; The conversation continues, Oh! My buddy you got a got hook, arms around each other again, You too my buddy the other replies, Here have a swig my buddy. Needless to say we were in tears of laughter as we watched the two men wobble and stagger down the street. Those were the Days.

Reply from Gina Ford, our travel agent.

Folks, With the success and enjoyment endured by our recent cruise and per your requests we presently have plans in the works for another cruise. We are looking at the Western Caribbean in 2012. Bernadette and I are also working with a local travel agency here in Cebu, putting together a 2 week Philippine/Southeastern Asian vacation group tour package. We are planning this for July 2010. I will keep you posted with both of these packages as they are developed. Gary


Thank you so much! I love the photo and your blog as well.

It is such a treat to match the faces to your beautiful photo.

Thank you again,


Gina S. Ford

Cruise At Will, Inc.

Cruise and Travel Planners

1-866-870-6986 (toll free)

703-580-1190 (local)


Kelly & Charlene Pearson Woods’ pictures:

Folks, You have nailed these photos identifying them all. Good work!

Kelly, we truely enjoyed these old photo’s of your mothers. They truely are priceless. Who would have ever thought when these snap shots were taken that they’d show up 45 years later to be enjoyed by so many.

Kelly & Jeff woods, We’d love to hear from your mother too. Last I talked to her they were moving into a place south of #5 west of Dunseith. I think they go to AZ or south for the winter months. Maybe you guys can talk her into getting email?


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

Gary and Friends,

The pictures of the high school kids should be as follows:

Picture 6 L-R Alan Houle, Warren Anderson, Mitch Evenson, Judy
Wheeler, and Virgil Evenson.

Picture 7 L-R Jean Nicholas, Tom Evans, LeaRae Parrill, and Warren

Picture 8 Carol Jasper and Kenny Kofoid

Picture 9 L-R Debbie Mongeon, Joanne Houle, and Charlene Pearson

Picture 10 This is probably from a dance in Bottineau. I think the
singer is Merton Johnson from Upham. He had a band and played at the
Forestry in ’67-’68. Don’t recognize the others. Thanks Gary!


Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (66): GLENDALE, AZ

Picture 6-Allen Houle on the left, Warren,??, Judy Wheeler, ??. #7 ME, Tom Evans, Lea Rae Parrill, Warren A. #8 Carol Jasper and I guess Ken Kofoid. #9 Debbie Mongeon on the left, Joanne Houle center, Charlene Pearson on the right. # 10 I don’t know anyone there either.
Jean Nicholas Miller (66)

Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

First — Corado duran was a great guy with a quick wit and fun loving nature. I enjoyed the “noon hour cruises” taking girls to Dales for lunch. I’m sad that we can’t find him.

Now to the pictures

#6 –Allen Houle–Warren Anderson –Mitch Evenson– Judy Wheeler Virgil? Evenson

#7 — not sure– then Tom Evans Larae Parrell — Warren A?

#8 — Carol Jasper

#9 Debbie Mongeon– Joanne Houle — Charlene Pearson

#10 — Beats me too

Picture 6:
L to R: Allen Houle (67), Warren Anderson (65), Mitch Evenson,
Judy Wheeler (67), Virgil Evenson

Picture 7:
L to R: Jean Nicholas (66), Tom Evans (66), LeaRae Parrill (67) & Warren Anderson (65)

Picture 8:
Carol Jasper (65) & Kenny Kofoid (Bottineau)

Picture 9:
L to R: Debbie Mongeon (66), Joanne Houle (66) & Charlene Pearson (67)

Picture 10:
Singer is Merton Johnson from Upham. This is probably a Bottineau picture?

From Allen Richard (65):

In August Nathan and Kristina were inn ND while he was on furlough fro his position in Homeland Security in Alaska. They didn’t have time to make it to MI and I couldn’t make it to ND. We met in the Minneapple for a fun couple days.

To make an adventure of it by taking the old Charger. Yeah — I still have it. Some of you may remember it as “Dakota Midnight” in CB radio days.

I want to dispel any rumors that my trip caused gas prices to go up — although i could have created a temporary shortage of premium in a couple places —- I re did it mechanically — and watering 450 horses takes a considerable amount of fluid. Yeah–its “baditude” is much worse than ever. (13 MPG on premium–saving up for an overdrive transmission — should get close to 20 mpg then)

The trip was event free and I managed to shave nearly two hours off my usual time from Midland to the Minneapple — partly buy using a GPS and finding a great route. Alaina and I made it in 12.5 hours out and 12 flat back — of course it rained most of the way back mand Ol’ Midnight will create a “religious experience” in a split second on wet pavement.

There is a “MOPAR Power Tour” every year and so far I’ve not been able to participate. So this summer we did one of our own. In the next few years I’d like to drive back to Dunseith for a Peace Garden car show. The Charger hasn’t been there for nearly 25 years. Dick — keep me posted OK? In respect to our old friend Jack Smith — I’ll drive — not haul it.

Anyway here are a few pictures —

Nathan, Kristina and Alaina — only 5 min from the Mall of America–but she still didn’t find a dress for homecoming.

OK — so I always have to get in the picture–must be a throw back to political days

About my T-shirt—The Great Lakes Loons is the name of our minor league baseball team — Clayton Kershaw went straight to the Dodgers from Midland MI.

Dunseith News Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND

From Bev Morinville Azure (72): ndgal1953@yahoo.com Dunseith, ND.

I thought this was cute and maybe you wanted to share it with the group


After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New Yorkscientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a Californiaarchaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in theLA Times read: ‘California archaeologists, finding traces of 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.’

One week later, The Fargo Forum, reported the following:
After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near Napolean ,
North Dakota , Ole Olson, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing.. Ole has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, North Dakota had already gone wireless.

Thank Heaven for Ole.

Who said North Dakotans are hicks?

12/28/2016 (2473)

Message from Jim Kofoid, Neola’s brother:  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary and all!
Christmas and New Year greetings!
Are you in store for some bad weather?  We are experiencing another strong winter
My Best!
Jim K



Bottineau Christmas Tree was blown over
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Relatives/Friends,

As the text on the picture says, Kevin Ovitt (Relatives: Kevin is Rod/Charlotte Kofoid Ovitt’s son) snapped this picture when he took his wife, Tami, to work at Good Sam this morning.

If my memory is correct, I don’t recall this special tree being blown over.  I could be wrong about this.  Do any of you have memories of this happening?

Thank you so much for sharing this picture with me so I can share it with “everyone”, Kevin!


P.S.  It was quite the blizzard; it’s still windy.  I can’t get the downstairs door open because of the snow.  I think there are others who also have this problem.  From pictures I’ve seen on FB, I THINK Minot was hit harder than Bottineau was.  I could be very wrong about this. 

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a great 2017!




Blog (534) posted on August 29, 2009

Posted on August 29, 2009

Message & email request from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary!

Sorry to bother, but I do need clarification on Floyd Dion’s E Mail address. I just wanted to see how Louella was getting along after she fell and broke some bones. At any rate I got the E mail back, so there must be something wrong with my Address Book, so could you please ship me your copy of Floyd Dion’s E Mail Address. Thank you for your help and i promise not to be such a bother. By the way, it sounds like your cruise was a howling success, and no wonder, you and your team made certain all the I’s were dotted and the T’s crossed. The only way to go. Congratulations on a job well done.I must admit that I was just a bit envious, but I really don’t kno how I could possibly get much out of a cruise, but I sure enjoyed greeting old friends and neighbors and of course class mates in Dunseith in 07. Come to think of it, I guess my trip on the troop ship back in 45 was enough to last a lifetime.. I must say however, that the more I read your daily messages, the more certain I am that I was a very fortunate person to have lived as long as I did in the hills among the greatest people in the world! Thank you for doing such a great job, and make everything so easy to understand.

Best Wishes to You and Yours

Erling Landsverk

Floyd Dion’s email address

Floyd, We’d like an update with Luella’s condition. We are hoping she is doing fine. Gary

Email address change for Gordie (55) & Jeri Neameyer: Moorhead, MN

Just wanted to let you now that we have a new email address: We enjoy all the work that you put into this web site.

Gordie & Jeri Neameyer

Reply/request from Gary Houle (63):CHAMPLIN, MN

Hi Gary–

Please add my name and e-mail to your master list. I sent the information to you about the time you were having computer problems, so it may have gotten lost. Both my wife(even though she is not from ND) and I enjoy reading your daily blog.

My e-mail is:

Gary Houle from Champlin, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis

Dunseith class of 1963

Thanks, Gary Houle

Gary, I remember well you providing me with your email address. You are right, I lost it when I computer problems. I have added you to all my lists now again. Thanks for this reply. Gary


Reply from Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND


I wanted to thank you, Gary for sending my blogs to the right people and thank you for all you do!!

I talked to Jean and she said Adeline Olson was the one who took David William Pladson to the Dr. There were a lot of people who died from pneumonia years ago. My great grandmother and my great, great grandmother both died from pneumonia. They can do so much more now.

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

I didn’t realize that Audrey and Jean were sisters. I saw Jean up at the Christian Center a couple weeks ago while we were home and she, Diane and I had a really nice visit. Then we met again at Dales when Bev and I had lunch together. Jean and Becky joined us and we had a really good visit about family. We traded some information with promises of more to come. I have more photos, Audrey, and if you’d like I can send some to you by email.


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

Hi. Regarding the photo Dick sent in of the wedding of his aunt and uncle. The second photo was definetely Bertha Westerman with the glasses on. I wrote to Phylomena and have not heard back yet, but gave her Garys email in case she wants to write there. Bertha and Phylomena sang duets. I loved the photo, and thank you for sending it. Makes me so anxious to hear where she is. Sharon Zorn G.

Reply from Bob Hosmer (56): Lynnwood, WA

The Westerman sister that’s in Dick Johnson’s picture is Bertha Westerman.

Bob Hosmer

Bertha Westerman (right) with Cynthia Johnson & her
Sister Verna

Reply from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND.


The picture that Sharron sent of her dad Dale Gottbreht and another man, I beleive was Adolph Moum.

He worked at the Stadium& Woodford bowling alley. Before that he drove a bus from Rolla to Minot in the early 40 s

. I worked with his wife Selma in the Rolla Creamery in 1965-66.


Adolph Moum & Dale Gottbreht

Kelly & Charlene Pearson Wood’s pictures:

Folks, We have identified everyone in pictures 1 thru 5. Today I have added the rest of Kelly’s pictures 5 thru 10.

I located Lawrence (LD) Hiatt too. He is living in Hankinson, ND located south of Fargo. Lawrence’s parents are Willie E (deceased) and Maxine Hiatt. Norris Knutson purchased their farm in about 1955 that is located 1 mile east of our old home place up in the Ackworth community. Willie/Maxine & my folks were very close friends from their Ackworth days. Willie told us at our dads funeral that it seemed as though he had just lost his brother. Lawrence’s wife has email, so I have included them with today’s message.

Thanks again Kelly for sharing these precious pictures. I’m sure your mother won’t mind. Gary

Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

Gary, The pictures from Kelly Woods are priceless. The unidentified young man to the left of Charlene is Conrado Duran, who was the son of one of the drs at the San and whom I’m sure , every young lady in high school had a crush on.


Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

The unknown dark haired guy in the prom pictures is Conrado Duran. His dad was Dr Duran, one of the last Cuban Doctors at the San.

I think he only went to DHS for less than a year. He would have graduated with the class of ’64.

Allen Richard

Reply from LeaRae Parrill (67) & Terry Espe (64): Bottineau, ND

Terry identified Conrado Duran as the one on the left in picture #2. I believe he was one of the Cuban students who lived at San Haven. He graduated in 1964. In that same picture behind and to the right of Patti Metcalfe I can recognize Beverly Azure Lavallie Class of 67.

Isn’t that Conrado on the far right in picture #5 also. Gary, I don’t think Conrado was located when you did your big search. LE

LeaRae, You are absolutely correct. We searched high and low for Conrado and could never locate him, however we were able to locate most of the other Cuban folks. We are thinking Conrado possible went back Cuba? Gary

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

Gary, In Picture number 3 I am sure the couple behind Patti etc is Ginger Belgarde and Tony Poitra whom she later married. I remember them so well cause Ginger worked at the cafe for my mom, and I always thought she was the prettiest girl in Dunseith.


Bev, I’m think you maybe meant Ginger LaRocque (65). This sure looks like Ginger to me too and yes she and Tony are married and live in Belcourt. I’m hoping Ginger has gotten her mail box cleared out. It’s been full the past several days. I know she’ll get it cleaned out when school starts. Gary

Reply from Ken Kofoid: Floral, AR

pic #1can’t put a name on that gal———-#2 that has to be patty——-#3 not mark anderson ,I should know all these people ,I spent half my time in dunsieth——#4 she with LD and I beleive she is from the Souris area– thats Dwight C oleman { he went with me to Alaska in 68 } #5 Thats me and ron cote is next to me —– I can’t remember ever having a picture of jay and I together or Ron ever knowing Jay================ IF this is 68 it had to be Jan or Feb because Dwight and I drove to Alaska and got there March 1 1968======= If I were putting a date on these I would say 1964 or 1963 I went to the army June 1964 for three years=======I was invited to 3 proms on different dates–gal from towner-botno and dunsieth—dunseith was the only one I went to=======Who had these pics ? Ken

Ken, Do you remember which Family Ron Cote fits into? If you don’t remember, I’m sure we have a whole lot of Cote relatives among our readers that probably remember Ron. Thanks so much for this reply. You and I are related too, with our fathers being first cousins. Gary

Picture 1: DHS Class of 67 folks
L to R: Judy Wheeler, Charlene Pearson & Allen Houle

Picture 2:
L to R: Conrado Duran (64), Charlene Pearson (67), Jay Vanorney (66), Patti Metcalfe (67) & Beverly Azure Lavallie (67)

Picture 3:
Back: Ginger LaRocque (67) & Toni Poitra
Front: Jay Vanorey (66), Patti Metcalfe (67) & Conrado Duran (64)

Picture 4:
Lawrence (LD) Hiatt (64 Bottineau), Jean Nicholas (66) & Dwight Coleman

Picture 5:
L to R: Jay Vanorey (66), Ken Kofoid (Bottineau), Charlene Pearson (67), Ron Cote (Bottineau) & Conrado Duran (64)

Picture 6:
L to R: ??, Warren Anderson, ??, ??, ??

Picture 7:
L to R: ??, Tom Evans?, ??, Warren Anderson

Picture 8:
This sure looks like Carol Jasper with Ken Kofoid

Picture 9:
L to R: ??, ??, ??

Picture 10:
I don’t recognize anyone in this photo

12/26/2016 (2472)

Reply from Allen Houle (’67):  Villages, FL.

That’s me and Charlene Pearson with Judy Wheeler on the left picture 1

Picture 1:
This sure looks like Alan Houle and Charlene Pearson?
Who is the gal on the left?


Soldier of the Year
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


A neat read Dec. 21, 2016  BBC about Zachriah Fike ,a Purple Heart recipient;- he’d seen good things and bad things, and needed a way of dealing with the stress


Quotes from the article;”So it was as part of the US 180th Infantry Regiment that Corrado returned to Italy – marching right past the road that led to his grandparents’ farm – only to be killed weeks later in a battle at Fremifontaine, in north-eastern France.’

Recently Fike returned one that had been stolen from a veteran’s sock drawer. It turned out the man had been General George Patton’s driver. “We got to sit down at his kitchen table and for two hours he told us the whole story of how he was wounded,” says Fike. “When he finished I turned to look at his daughter, and she was in tears. She looked at me and said: ‘This the first time he’s ever talked about any of that. It’s the first time I have ever heard the story.

‘This year Fike was named Soldier of the Year by the Military Times, but not everyone regards him as a hero – to medal collectors he is a menace. Purple Hearts are valuable collector’s items, and Fike has been campaigning to stop them from being bought and sold.’

Wow!! Go figure, many stories within a story

Later, Vickie

The real heroes “We are American”
Narrator: Ronald Reagan

I received this short video from my cousin that I feel is worth sharing.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/rKsW6c_CgFY?feat ure=player_   de tailpage


Blog (533) posted on August 28, 2009


Posted on August 28, 2009

Reply from Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND


I want to thank everyone for their messages to Toni and Bev (Morinville– my first cousins) and Neola and Eileen Brudwick and to Cheryl (Larson) for the beautiful pictures of the Larsons. I printed them on photo paper and they turned out lovely. I will write some information by the pictures. My Dad, Bert Hanson and Frances (Hanson) Morinville were brother and sister.

Folks, I have now added Audrey to our distribution list. Audrey and her sister Jean Pladson are my first cousins too, on their mothers side. Dad and their mother Olga were brother and sister. Audrey’s daughter Amie is the gal that designed and maintains the Dunseith WEB site. http://dunseithnd.com/

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

Hi Gary

If I’m not mistaken, Patrina is buried up at Nordland cemetary along with my great-grandfather Martin Larson and Nikolena, Norbert, Aunt Mabel, my grandpa Mensvil and my grandmother Alma Marie Anderson Larson, and several others. It’s a very picturesque and serene little clearing. There used to be a church there as well but it was moved off the property years ago..

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Reply Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA.


yes connie wold was Louie Longie’s wife Carol Moe Longie’s niece

i just saw them this last week end.


Marge, I have posted Connie Moe Wold’s obituary at the bottom of this message. When I talked to Phyllis McKay yesterday, she told me about Connie being killed on her bike when that Semi ran into her. Phyllis had forgotten her name, but knew it was Orrin Moe’s Daughter and Louie/Carol (Moe) Longie’s niece. Orrin was with the Dunseith HS class of 61. Before mentioning Orrin’s name I wanted to make sure I had located the right accident victim with yesterday’s posting. Gary

Moe Orrin 802 24th Ave SW Watford City, ND 58854 (701) 842-6431 No email address 61
Longie Louis 202 N Dixon St Tioga, ND 58852 (701) 664-2090 No email address 58

LeRoy Birkland’s obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

LeRoy Birkland

March 7, 1931-Aug. 20, 2009

BOTTINEAU LeRoy Henry Birkland, 78, Bottineau died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in a Bottineau nursing home.

He was born March 7, 1931, to Henry and Josephine Birkland in Dunseith. He entered the Marine Corps in 1951 and served until his discharge in 1953. He married Delores Hiatt, and she died in 1982. He married Alice Jayne Dec. 12, 1995, in Seattle.

Survivors: wife; stepsons, Terry Hiatt, Randy Hiatt, Dan Jayne, Terry Jayne and Tim Jayne, all Seattle; brothers, Norman, Seattle, James, Dunseith; sister, Emily Boucher, LaGrande, Ore.

Funeral: Friday, 10 a.m., in Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.

Burial: Little Prairie Cemtery, near Dunseith.

Visitation: Today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the funeral home.

Posted on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site

From: Brent Armentrout

Brent, Thank you so much for posting your contact info. I have added you to our Distribution list. I have you listed as living in Phoenix, AZ Gary

Reply from Sybil Johnson:Cheyenne, WY.

You are very welcome. I enjoy reading each email and learn more and more about Dunseith. I’ve been away from there for many years; especially since my divorce from Augie (Dickie’s counsin). May you have a quiet and peaceful evening. Sybil

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

Gary and Friends,

Sharon Zorn Gerdes wrote about the Westerman sisters who stayed at the
Lutheran Mission north of Dunseith. In one of the pictures of my uncle
and aunt’s wedding, I think one of the sisters was also included. This
was the wedding of Cliff Johnson and Joy (Babe) Nordquist in April 1960,
in the old white Dunseith Lutheran Church. Best man was Don Johnson,
matron of honor was Bernice Johnson, bridesmaid was Sharlotte Nordquist,
groomsman was Harlan Nordquist, and I was the ring bearer. The picture
of my grandmother, Cynthia Johnson and her sister Vera, was taken in the
basement at the reception. To the right of them is, I believe, Bertha or
Phylomena Westerman. Sharon, can you identify which one, if either? I’m
quite sure it’s one of them. Thanks Gary!


Message/Picture from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

Good morning Gary,

I’ve just returned from a busy visit home to Dunseith and have many experiences to relate. It was my first visit to Dale’s since the fire. Although the fire was a nightmare [literally] the restoration was a huge success. I commend George and Rose, Sandy and Rick, and all those who had a hand in making all things new. I had been told about the old photos enlarged and well framed. They are great and really give a concrete link with past and present Dunseith and it’s citizens. I need help identifying the gentleman seated with Dale Gottbreht at the Woodford Bar, December 1950. The face is vaguely familiar and I thought it might have been Virgil Vanorney. George and Lola both corrected me about this. Perhaps one of the bloggers might know.

Dunseith, where the women are strong, the men all handsome and the children above average! Sharron

Kelly & Charlene Pearson Wood’s pictures:

Folks, The following are replies to the pictures that Kelly Wood’s posted with yesterday’s blog. We have identied all those in Pictures 1 & 4. We still need some help with the others. I will repost pictures 2, 3 & 5 as folks are identified. I will post the remaining 5 pictures (6-10) tomorrow. Gary

Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (66): GLENDALE, AZ

As far as the pictures: #1 that is Allen Houle, Charlene Pearson, and Judy Wheeler on the left. I’m pretty sure this is 1964 or 65. Picture 2 is Patty Metcalfe and Charlene P., Jay and I don’t know who the other guy is- 65? Picture 3 is Patty M., Charlene, Jay, the other guy? Not sure which year. Picture 4 is L.D. Hiatt, Me, and Dwite Coleman. Charlene was his date. This was 1966.Man, I sure wish I still looked like that!!! Oh well. Look forward to the other pictures Kelly sent. I’m sure Kelly doesn’t remember me but Charlene and I were best friends then. We still communicate.
Jean Nicholas Miller (66)

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

I’m still smiling after seeing the photos Kelly Woods sent!!! Thanks, Kelly – your Mom will LOVE them!!! In Picture #1 – the gal on the left, I believe, is Judy Wheeler. I’m not sure of some of the others, but in Picture #4 – the guy on the right is Dwight Coleman…….back when he was cool!!!

Paula Fassett

Reply from Aggie Cassavant (69):Fort Mill, SC

Hi Gary, Welcome Back!!!! I think the gal in the first picture of Alan Houle and Charlene Pearson is Jimmy Wheelers sister but I can’t remember her name…I think her name is Sharon. The last picture….the guy standing behind Jay V. looks like an Abrahamson…I don’t even know if I spelled that right…Wow if that is Lola I don’t remember her looking that much like Margaret. Who’s that “pretty boy” Sal Mineo looking guy at Jay and Lolas table. I can’t beleive he didn’t have a date for the prom….I think the guy in the background at the table is Gene Anderson… Hope you all have blest day! Aggie

Hey Gary it’s me again,the guy in the 4th picture on the right has got to be a Coleman kid…what you think???? Aggie

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

Hi Gary,

In the picture of L.D. Hiatt, a girl, an unknown fellow. To me, the fellow resembles a Coleman.

In one of the pictures, there is a guy who resembles Kenny Kofoid. I’m going to send the picture to him, and ask if he is the fellow in the picture. I’ll let you know what I find out.



Here’s the reply from Jonnie Kofoid, Kenny’s wife.

Neola, The guy in the blue sport coat in picture 4 is Dwight Coleman. And yes, the guy in picture 5 is Ken but I’ll
have to have him look to see if he remembers the others. Jonnie

Picture 1: DHS Class of 67 folks
L to R: Judy Wheeler, Charlene Pearson & Allen Houle

Picture 2:
L to R: ??, Charlene Pearson, Jay Vanorney, Patti Metcalfe, ??

Picture 3:

Back: ??, ??

Front: Jay Vanorey, Patti Metcalfe, ??

Picture 4:
Lawrence (LD) Hiatt (64 Bottineau), Jean Nicholas (66) & Dwight Coleman

Picture 5:
Jay Vanorey (66), Ken Kofoid (Bottineau), Charlene Pearson (67), ???, ???

Connie Jean Wold
Williston, North Dakota
Watford City, North Dakota
View Memorial Folder
Connie Wold, 46, of Watford City, ND, died Tuesday afternoon, August 25, 2009 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred south of Watford City, ND.

Connie Jean Wold was born to Orrin and Joyce (Crimmins) Moe on February 16, 1963 in Williston, ND. Connie was raised in Watford City along with her younger brother Terry. Connie attended school in Watford City from Kindergarten until she graduated from high school in 1981.

In high school Connie was on the track team and the girls’ basketball team. She was also a cheerleader and on the student council. Connie continued to be a cheerleader when she attended the University of North Dakota. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Connie graduated with a degree in recreational management from UND in 1985.

After college Connie worked for the Body Firm in Williston, ND. Connie had a lifelong love of helping others through physical activity. Later she worked in the swing bed unit at Mercy Hospital in Williston, ND doing physical therapy.

On July 19, 1986 Connie married the love of her life, Cordell Wold, and they made their home in Watford City. Through their 23 years of marriage they enjoyed traveling together, working together and loving and raising their daughter Molly and loving each other.

While Cordell worked in the oil field, Connie began her own business, Aerobics Plus. The first classes were held in the basement of the Professional Building in Watford City. Connie had the dream of a wellness center that would serve the entire community. The Healthy Hearts Wellness Center opened in 1995 and Connie served as the manager for 12 years. Connie not only brought the Wellness Center to Watford City; she also introduced lattes and specialty coffees sold at the Wellness Center.

Connie and Cordell were always open to challenges and they took over the McKenzie Bay Marina for six years in the 1990s as owners and managers. This was along with Cordell’s work in the oilfield and Connie’s work at the Wellness Center.

As important as work was for Connie, her family always came first, especially their daughter Molly, who was born in 1990. Molly was the pride and joy of Connie. Connie was never too busy to be at one of Molly’s skating programs, basketball games, track meets, volleyball matches or gymnastics performances. Their dog, China always held a soft spot in Connie’s heart.

Connie bought Front Porch Floral and for awhile juggled both, running the Wellness Center and the floral shop before she concentrated on her floral business. Connie loved the floral shop and serving her customers in happy and sad times.

Connie retained her love of sports and fitness. She ran many marathons. She loved the Iron Man Triathlon and fulfilled her goal of completing two Iron Mans and working at the Hawaiian Iron Man. She was currently training for her third Iron Man at the time of her death.

Connie was active in her community. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and served on the church council. She was a member of the Watford City Chamber of Commerce and also served on the board of directors for the Watford City Municipal Golf Course. She served on the board of directors for the Watford City Skating Club. Connie was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Watford City. She was a member of the North Dakota State Floral Association and had just been approached to serve on their board. Connie supported the Vocational Education program at Watford City High School hiring a student each year, including her daughter, Molly, in 2008. Connie could be counted on to support any and all community events.

Connie loved all aspects of life. She found joy in her work. She loved to laugh and play pranks, especially on her Dad on April Fool’s Day. She loved decorating her home or the homes of her friends. Connie loved all holidays but especially Christmas when she decorated not only her home and shop, but found time to help friends decorate as well. She loved the lake – camping, skiing, all water sports, but not fishing. She loved encouraging her friends in their running. She loved a good glass of wine and being with friends and family. And she loved her bike, riding it in her exercise room in the winter and around the area roads in the spring, summer and fall. Connie loved all music, singing along to the radio, whistling while she worked, and traveling to the next great music concert.

Connie and Cordell had recently purchased their dream get away in Mesa, AZ. Typical of them, they bought a fixer upper with a golf course for Cordell and a swimming pool and biking trails for Connie. Connie had just finished decorating their Arizona home.

Connie arrived in heaven while training for her 3rd Iron Man on August 25, 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Cordell; her daughter, Molly; her parents, Orrin and Joyce Moe; and a brother, Terry, his fiancé Angie, and their daughter, Hayley Moe. She is also survived by Cordell’s brothers and their families, Clint, Ann, Jarret, Jettie, and Jamal; Kirk, Tanner; Kris, Sheri, Michel, Brandon, Kaylene and Heather; Kevin and Susan. She is also survived by her Godfather, Raymond Iverson and her Godson, Zach Frick. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Frank and Vernice Crimmins and Ida Moe and Carl Moe, and one Uncle Frank Dean Crimmins, and her Godmother DeAnn Iverson. She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Ralph and Gloria Wold.

Connie had a huge heart with room to love all her family, her friends and all of life. Her life here brightened our lives and her joy of life will help us carry on without her.

12/21/2016 (2471)


Our Grandson, Tyler Mick, is here visiting from Tacoma Washington. He is our daughter, Sheryl’s son. Tyler is a Freshman this year at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma. He is here for only 8 days, so his time is short. He has bonded very well, in fact super well, with all of his Filipino Relatives too. He is being introduced to the Filipino cultures. His cousins have taken him to the beach today about 50 miles north of us. We rented a Jeepney for their transportation so that will be an experience for him too. They packed lots of food too, so they will have a hay day.

Tyler will be leaving Saturday Morning. With his visit I didn’t get the last two blogs posted. This will probably be the last one now before Christmas. We are celebrating Christmas with Tyler on the 23rd. We will be having a dinner (supper) at our house too, for about 80 folks, with the Uncles, Aunts and cousins on the 23rd too.

My next posting will be after Christmas, so Merry Christmas to all.


Gary, Tyler and Bernadette
Novie’s boy’s, Urel and Tyler, dressed up for
A school program.
Stokes 2471-1 Stokes 2471-2


Christmas 1958
Posting & Picture from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

What a difference in the amount of photos people take with progress of photo technology than in years past.

I fear I am becoming more like my dad and his sentimental ways during  the holiday season. Like him, I’ve been getting the ‘lonesome’ s.’

Mom’s  camera was only used  frugally  for picture taking pictures on significant occasions.

She  took  black and white photo’s using her square black box  browning camera.

This 1958 photo of  Christmas dinner of our family in Marysville, which was spent with our extended WA family.

Mom took the black and white photo of  Janice Leigh, Vickie, Archie and Cliff  using her  blackbox  browning camera.
Her camera also captured, Connie’s high school graduation photo on the wall.

This is one of the last photos mom took  of Dad and his brother together. In days gone by, film was mailed away to be processed. Mom sent away to have the film processed  months later.

Blessed be sweet memories we keep in our hearts.

Later, Vickie L. Metcalfe

                 Janice Leigh, Vickie, Archie and Cliff Metcalfe
Metcalfe, Vickie 2471 


Follow up to the Hanson Family Posting, posted with the last blog
From Audrey Hanson Aitchison:   Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

Patrina (Larson) Hanson was born on March 19, 1854 and died on November 2, 1953. . She was my great grandmother. She was married to Hagrup Hanson. They are buried at Nordland’s cemetery.  Her daughter was Cora (Hanson) Hanson. Cora’s husband was Oscar Hansen from Victorville, CA. They had 8 children– Harry, Bert (my Dad), Art, Leonard, Myrtle, Frances (Morinville), Pearl and Mildred. Oscar wrote to me from Victorville after he and Grandma Cora were divorced. He spelled his last name as Hansen with an “e.” Patrina and Hanson Peter Larson were brother and sister.


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


Blog (532) posted on August 27, 2009

Posted on August 27, 2009

Connie Wold killed in an accident:

Folks, I am pretty sure Connie Wold has Dunseith Connections via several family members. I don’t want to say anymore until I know more of the details. If any of you knew Connie or know anything at all about this accident, please reply?

Minnesota trucker could be charged in N.D. cyclist’s death

August 26, 2009

Watford City, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a Watford City bicyclist was struck by a semitrailer and killed. The patrol says 46-year-old Connie Jean Wold of Watford City was pedaling across a city street at the intersection with U.S. Highway 85 late Tuesday afternoon when she was struck.

The patrol says charges are pending against the semi driver, a 46-year-old St. Paul Park, Minn., man


From Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA.


just would like to give you an update on the Longie family reunion and our mom’s early 90th birthday.

we had several relatives from no.dak. the louie longie family ffrom tioga, no.dak.

we had family from many states that attended, we had 100+ attended.

margewilcox-langan tigerlady414@ aol.com

marge langan wilcox

Marge, Is Louie Longie or any of your relatives related to Connie Wold, the lady that was killed in a Semi/bicycle accident in Watford City yesterday posted above? Gary

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


Audrey, Neola, and Cheryl, thank you so much for the information and photos of Petrina Larson Hanson and family. Gary, Petrina was my great grandmother and as the previous story stated, we did call her Grandma Besta. Her daughter, Cora was my grandmother. (Cora was Burt’s mother).Petrina died when I was about three, but there was always discussion about her. I remember a picture taken when I was a baby of four generations: Petrina, Cora, Frances (my mom), and me. Petrina is buried up at the lake. Audrey, I’m sure that you know the little cemetery. They were indeed, hearty Norwegian folk. As you know, my cousins Audrey and Jean are cut from that same cloth. Both are talented musicians who play and sing music that is disappearing. Audrey and Jean, I hope that you have recordings somewhere. I loved the times when I was a kid and you would pull out your music binders and instruments and play and sing.

Thanks again.

–Toni Morinville Gredesky

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): ndgal1953@yahoo.com Dunseith, ND.

Gary , I am sure you will get a few of these .Petrina was my great grandmother….Petrina’s daughter Cora was my Grandmother. we always called her Grandma Bottineau lol I guess cause she lived in Bottineau. She was a sweet quite lady. Petrina we called Besta which means grandma in Norweigen

Reply from Keith Pladson (66) thepladsons@hotmail.com Stafford, VA

This is in response to Audrey Hanson Aitchison’s comment/question about my brother David William Pladson. I was about eight years old when he died so I don’t remember much about it (Or maybe because it was such a sad time I’ve subconsciously blocked out much of it in my mind). In any case I do know he died of pnumonia. But the details are sketchy. I seem to remember our car wouldn’t start and the snow drifts between the house and the road were really deep. So just getting out to the road was almost impossible. I believe we used the horses to get to the road and then someone else provided a car ride to Bottineau. Unfortunately, I believe he died enroute. As an adult I’ve often wondered how difficult it all must have been for my parents to accept.

I grew up and married and twenty-eight years ago my wife and I named our third child and only son after my long lost brother. Today David Keith Pladson is a young man in the prime of his life. Somewhere I have a picture of my sister, Florence, holding my brother David, but I don’t know where it is right now. In any case, if my sister reads this and remembers it more clearly or differently, I welcome her comments.
Keith Pladson Class of 66

Keith, Your sister Florence’s mail box was full, so she did not get the message about the death of your brother David. We’d love to hear from her about his death. Gary

Reply from Sybil Johnson: great_grandma2007@live.com Cheyenne, WY.

Gary, I noticed that my name wasn’t on your email list. I would like to be listed, thank you. Sybil Johnson

Sybil, Thank you so much. I know there are others I have missed on that list too. Folks, please let me know if you are not listed on the master email list. Thanks, Gary

Message/Pictures from Kelly Woods (89): Massena, NY.

I apologize, I sent off the email with pictures and THEN got my phone message!

My address:

28 Cornell Avenue

Massena, NY 13662

You had the New York part right!

I moved to New York in 1993 and have been here since. It’s beautiful here, but nothing quite compares to the Turtle Mountains

I’m not really sure what kind of history and pictures you like to post, but I found these in a box my mother sent to me many years ago. I believe it’s PROM from 1967?

I’m sure she’ll probably kill me (or at the very least get her to finally call me! Hehe) for sending them.

Kelly Woods

1989 Alumni

Kelly, I do not have an email address for your mother, Charlene Pearson Woods (67), but I’ll bet she will get the word that you posted these pictures. I am posting 5 of the 10 pictures you sent with today’s blog. I will post the rest tomorrow. These will for sure bring back a few memories. Thanks so much for sharing. Gary

Folks, Please reply with the identies of those in these pictures. Thanks, Gary

Picture 1: This sure looks like Alan Houle and Charlene Pearson? Who is the gal on the left?

Picture 2:
I recognize Jay Vanorney and Patty Metcalfe. If this is Lola, she looks a lot like Patty? If this is 1968 It must be Lola.

Picture 3:
Again I recognize Jay and Patty? Is that an Anderson in the Back?

Picture 4:
The guy on the left with a tie sure looks like Lawrence (LD) Hiatt to me. I’m not sure of the other two.

Picture 5:
Jay Vanorey, Charlene Pearson, ??????

12/14/2016 (2470)

“Sinking of  the Bismarck”
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith friends,

Well, it’s back to the real North Dakota winters! Another, cold day here in Bottineau.
Do you recall a late ’50’s early ’60,  singer Johnny Horton?
He was a truly wonderful country musician!  He was another of those talented musicians who left too soon.

With Johnny Hortons’s music I was teased  into learning more about  history.

And, I always like finding out other sides to a good story.


The first time I ever heard about  ‘The Bismarck’ was on an LP of Johnny Horton.
It was at Uncle Emil and Ann’s  when they lived at the big two story green  house out in the country Marysville, WA;

Adjacent to the house were Strawberry fields on one side, a deep ditch filled with water on another,

a dusty  gravel road,  and another side  stumps left from the logging.

Various  times we  cousins enjoyed our adventures, we could be found  picking and eating berries in the field,

walking the road, exploring  the stump field, playing on a plank  bridge over the water filled ditch, singing along with the Beatles

and roasting marshmallows over a fire pit
On the  weekends, our dads were home from working out away from home plastering.

Again, we’d be  all together kids played making  our fun while grown ups visited .

On lazy Sunday afternoons, Uncle Emil played  guitar.

He’d sing  all kinds of music, including our favorite Johnny Horton songs.

Uncle Emil’s blue eyes would twinkle, the dimples blossomed  his  rosy cheeks as he sang.
” We hit the deck a runnin and spun those guns around…….!”

Just about  year  later back in ND our family got our own record player from Santa.
Mom purchased the Johnny Horton LP.  We’d  put on the Johnny Horton LP and soon;
My little brother holding  his calico cat, ‘Malty’  was  singing along.

He and the cat  had a routine  down pat;  As he sang, “We’ll spin those guns around”

he spun around  and  point her tail as a gun at  us…his sisters.

We girls would roll our eyes. But, he’d grin,his eyes twinkled and Malty absolutely loved him and their routine!

Tonight reading BBC, I  discovered the other part of the story about the Bismarck.
A Scottish pilot flying a ‘Swordfish’  torpedoed the Bismarck first.
Scottish pilot who helped sink the Bismarck dies

Jack (John( Moffat a Scottish pilot  launched the torpedo which crippled the Bismarck in 1941.


‘Mr Moffat and his crew took off in his Swordfish L9726 from the deck of Ark Royal and headed for the Bismarck, fighting against driving rain, low cloud and a gale.

At 21:05 he dropped the torpedo which hit its target, jamming the rudder of Hitler’s flagship.”

Naval chiefs said he flew in at 50ft, nearly skimming the surface of the waves, in a hail of bullets and shells, to get the best possible angle of attack on the ship.
The air strike on the Bismarck was launched as the battleship headed to the relative safety of waters off the coast of France.

And there it is.  Just  another piece of the story of the Bismarck.

Until Later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe




Brenda (Dick) Johnson’s father passed away.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau, ND


Trygve Knutson
July 6, 1924 – December 10, 2016

SHERWOOD – Trygve Kalmer Knutson (Trig or T.K.), 92, of Sherwood, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Home in Mohall.

Trig was born on the family farm in Rockford Township, Renville County, west of Sherwood, on July 6, 1924, to Carl and Kari (Aarhus) Knutson. He attended all eight grades at the Stafford #4 country school. His high school years were spent at Kenmare and Sherwood, but before graduating he joined the U.S. Navy on June 10, 1943, just before his senior year. While in the Navy he received his GED from San Diego High School. Trig was assigned to naval destroyer escort U.S.S. Samuel S. Miles DE 183 as Fire Control Officer 3rd Class. His ship was sent to serve in the Pacific theater including the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged on March 5, 1946. He was proud to have served our country and had many memorable experiences while in the Navy. He was among the World War II veterans who were chosen to go to Washington, D.C., on the 2010 Honor Flight. He was also awarded service medals in 2015 by Senator John Hoeven at a ceremony in Minot.
After returning from the war, Trig met the love of his life, Dorothy Irene Lakefield. They were married on June 5, 1949, and he had lovingly called her “his bride” ever since. They farmed in the Lansford area before moving to Sherwood. During the 1950s, he was the Standard Oil Dealer in Sherwood. In the 1960s, he started working for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier and also farmed in the Sherwood area until his retirement in 1980. Together Trig and Dorothy had six children, of whom they were very proud.
Trig enjoyed hunting, restoring old cars and taking care of “his bride.” He always believed that a man was only as good as his word. A good-but-stubborn Norwegian, his life values were God, country and family. He was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Sherwood, a 70-year member of Bothun-Peterson American Legion Post #213, Sherwood, and a member of the Rural Mail Carriers Association. He served the Sherwood community as a member of various councils including school, church and city.

Family: his wife of 67 years, Dorothy; daughters, Brenda (Dick) Johnson, Dunseith, Cheryl Knutson, Phoenix, AZ, Cindy Cooper, Bismarck, and Sheri Knutson, Sundance, WY; sons, Greg Knutson, Thornton, CO, and Tim (Gail) Knutson, Sherwood; grandchildren, David Johnson, Jennifer Penner, Kimberly Cooper, Kaitlin Sisk, Emily Sondrol, Taylor Knutson, Josh Herigstad, Ryan Herigstad, Jesse Halstengaard and Sheyenne Halstengaard; great-grandchildren, Christian, Kaleb, Zoie and Kamden; great-great-granddaughter, Ariya; sisters, Carolyn Houmann, Sun City, AZ, and Thelma Nelson, Fargo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Trygve was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Gilmore, Arne, Robert and Arnold Knutson; and sisters, Constance Turpin, Elna Knox, Melba Gilseth and Roselyn Thorson.
Funeral: 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2016, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sherwood.
Burial: Sherwood Union Cemetery, Sherwood, in the spring.
Family Service: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the funeral home.
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at Brose Funeral Home, Mohall.

Gary’s comments.

Brenda, our condolences are with you and our family with the loss of your father. He was a good man and will be dearly missed.



Blog (531) posted on August 26, 2009

Posted on August 26, 2009

Folks, I just noticed that Ken Striker was not included in the master email list that I sent out several days ago. For any of you receiving these daily messages that are not on that email list, please let me know so you can be added. Thanks, Gary

Kelly Woods and Vicky Bergan,

It is my pleasure to add you guys to our daily distribution. For any of the rest of you not on our distribution list that are reading these daily messages on the WEB site, please get back to us via the WEB site or just zap me a messagegws123456@hotmail.com so we know you are out there. I do not post anyone’s personal contact info on the WEB site.


Request from Kelly Woods (89): New York

From: Kelly Woods
E-mail: Message:
I would love to get email updates. I am an alumni from 1989 and the youngest son of Charlene Woods.

Request from Vicky Bergan Dietz (82): Princeton, MN.

From: Vicky Bergan-Dietz
Phone: E-mail: Message:
Hi, I was wondering if you could add me to your mailing list, I truely enjoy all the great articles! I was in the Dunseith graduating class of 1982, My parents are Dunseith residents, David and Glenda Bergan, I have been in Princeton, Minnesota for nearly 25 years but I miss the Turtle Mountains very much. Thanks for all the great reading!

Thank you,
Vicky Bergan-Dietz

Vicky, I just happen to have this picture in my archives. Congratulations 26 years later! Gary

Vicky Bergan – “1983 North Dakota state Horse show association queen”

From Ken Striker: Dayton OH

Attention Striker Descendants: A Striker Reunion was held at Berne Indiana this past 13th of June. The video of the Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Strikers immigration to the U.S. is now available. There is a nominal $5.00 for the video (DVD). Please send your check to: Elaine Dykstra PO Box 23 Moline, Michigan 49335 Be sure to include your complete mailing address. see pic of DVD atch

Message/Pictures from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

Hi Gary

In reply to Audrey Hanson Aitchison, I am enclosing a photo of Kjersten and her sons (in the back row Martin, Hans Peter, Lars and Adrien. Kjersten is in front with her daughter Petrina) This was taken on Kjersten’s 90th birthday. The other picture is of Martin Larson and his sons. My grandpa Mensvil is on the far left. I’ll have to call Dad to get the names of the other boys. And to Bev and Jean…I’m still working on peaches I brought back from North Dakota last week so between catching up with grandchildren and fixing peach preserves, I haven’t had a chance to put together the other Larson information I promised. But I will get it to you soon.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Martin Larson and his sons. Mensvil is on the far left

From Audrey Hanson Aitchison:

Patrina Hanson celebrated her 95th birthday on March 20, 1949. There were 40 relatives and friends there. She received a rocking chair. Reverend T. Weltzin spoke a Norwegian message. Patrina was 27 when she came to America. Martin Larson was her only living relative at her party. Does anyone remember where Hagrop and Patrina lived?

Gary’s comments:

I Believe Petrina Larson Hanson in the picture below was a grandmother to Toni, Bev and Duane Morinville and also to Jean Pladson and Audrey Hanson Aitchison who are also my first cousins on their mothers side?

I believe Martin Larson in the picture below was a great grandfather to Diane Larson Sjol (70) and Cheryl Larson Dakin (71)? Martin Larson was Mensvil Larson’s father. Mensvil Larson was the Bottineau county Sheriff for many years. His son Mensvil Jr. (Norman) Larson, father of Diane and Cheryl, lives in Bottineau.

Please correct me if I have interpreted some of this wrong. Gary

Back: Martin, Hans Peter, Lars and Adrien Larson
Front: Kjersten with her daughter Petrina

12/12/2016 (2469)

Mildred Parrill Celebrated her 91st Birthday
Posting from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau,  ND


I think it finally stopped snowing.  Most of the state was at a standstill since Monday.  It seems like we use to have these three day storms when we were kids, but not really many since.

My mother, Mildred Parrill, celebrated her 91st birthday yesterday (12/6).  She turned 16 the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed.  She remembers it so vividly.  Superintendent Castleman had a radio in the assembly room which would be the room where Jess Hosmer taught our class in 5th grade.  The next day they listened to President Franklin Roosevelt give his speech that they were declaring war on Japan-the Day that would live in Infamy.  Little did they know that two Dunseith boys had perished in that attack.  One was a Gillis, I think Frank Gillis, and the other was a Carpenter. The Gillis was an older brother to Pete, John and Cliff.

A fellow named Harold Brushwein (SP) is a survivor.  Harold’s son Dave is a friend of my son Brady.  Harold was back to Pearl Harbor for past celebrations but was unable to attend this one.  He is 100 years old and is in a long term care facility in Bismarck and still has a sharp mind.  His son Dave and granddaughter Sarah are attending the festivities there today.

Harold was featured on the news for the 70th anniversary.  He has a great story.  He served as an aide to Dwight Eisenhower later in the war.  Harold taught at Wahpeton State School of Science for many years.

Gary’s comment
Please wish you mother happy birthday from us. She is doing very will for her age too. Remarkable lady.


Snow Storm
Message & Pictures from Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND

Thursday 12/8/2016

We’re in the middle of one of the worst storms we’ve had in several years.  Last week we got hit with well over a foot and now it looks like more than even that again!  I spent two days with my blade on the loader tractor and then the Bobcat and then the shovel and now you would never know I cleared a shovel full?  The wind is howling like a hurricane too so it’s a real old ND blizzard.  I did get down to the shop at the old place and spent part of the day working in there.  Tonight I walked through the banks back down there and put more wood in the furnace and then brought my tractor up to my house so I can start digging out in the morning if it lets up?  I had it plugged in at the shop and now have it plugged in to the garage. Just like the old days,  as it’s getting a little less windy the temperature is dropping and it’s supposed to be below zero for the next several nights and just barely above during the days. The old Farmer’s Almanac said we would get lots of cold and lots more snow than usual and maybe they’re right.  We did have a long warm fall and now we are going to have to pay for it.  I don’t think I ever sent a picture of the quick attach blade I made for the loader tractor?

I made it out of a big oil field pipe.  I’ll attach a picture of it here.  It really works well.


Johnson, Dick, 2469-1 Johnson, Dick, 2469-2



Blog (530) posted on August 25, 2009

Posted on August 25, 2009

Email address update for Bill Awalt (61): Lincoln, NE

Hi Gary,

We received your message on the phone and here is our e-mail address:

Bill & Eunice

Email address update for Kenny Nerpel (65): Devils Lake, ND.


Just wanted to let you know our new email address:


From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND

Gary, Just wanted to thank you for planning the awesome Alaska Cruise. Terry & I loved every minute. When we set foot back on shore we visited a whole string of relatives and continued to have a wonderful vacation. When we were on Whidbey Island with my cousin Ardis Metcalfe Steggal and her husband Harley we received word that our uncle Thurman has passed away. That was the only cloud over our otherwise great three weeks. The wedding plans of Thurman’s grandson Troy Jordan in Spokane did continue on pretty much as planned for August 8. (He is the son of Lynda Parrill Jordan.) Clayton & Linda and Marie had just started out for Spokane and were somewhere between Velva and Turtle Lake when they got the call that Thurman has passed away. They turned around and planned the funeral and I believe it was about 24 hour delay for them. Clayton was scheduled to take pictures at the wedding which he did. Mike Nero of Nero Funeral Home encouraged Marie to go to the wedding as most of her family was there and it would have been even harder for her to stay back alone. Marie did pretty good.

One of the relatives we visited was Terry’s first cousin Donna Striker Neumeyer. She is the daughter of Mabel Espe and Elmer Striker. Mabel, Elmer and Art Espe were the three children of Ivar Espe and Martha Mikkelmayer. Two of Ivar’s sisters are Bertha Myer and Ingrid Seim. We also spoke by phone to another cousin Pat who is a sister of Donna. Pat is the older in that family and I believe she said she was 78 years old. I was telling them about some of the Striker information that has been on your emails and they are interested in learning more. This family left ND in the early 40’s.

Request for Help When you have time.

I would like to know if all the emails are on a website, and if so could you give that to me. I do believe you gave that out before and I am sorry I don’t know if I can find it. Another request is if you could do the search of your emails for Striker and I could forward those to them. I have all of the emails, but I don’t know how to search them. I don’t believe I have mine set up for that, but I believe you told me you did. Thanks again for everything. LeaRae

LeaRae, I was saddened to hear of the Thurman’s passing shortly after we returned from the cruise. I was also told that his family attended and continued with the wedding plans of his grandson, Troy. We all know that would have been Thurman’s wishes and yes I believe Marie did the right thing by attending the wedding. The Nero’s at Nero’s funeral home are wonderful folks. The were close friends of my dads. He’d wander through their funeral home on a regular bases just to shoot the breeze. He’d always take me along with him when we were in the area.

Lynda, Janet & Clayton, please give my regards to your mother. She has been through a lot emotionally. It’s tough. Your parents, Thurman and Marie, are my godparents. I believe I was baptized in Salem church in the early 50’s. My baptismal certificate is locked up in our bank safety deposit box in Bremerton, WA, so I can not reference it. I’ll bet Marie remembers though.

LeaRae, It’s time for another posting with an updated email list of which I have attached. I will do a find for the Striker’s in the past blogs and give you those numbers that can be viewed on our Dunseith Alumni WEB site http://garystokes.net/default.aspx


Thurman & Marie Parrill Family:
Back row: Janet ’68, Clayton, 72 and Thurman
Seated: Lynda ’69, Rodney ’73, Myron ’76 and Marie

Terry & LeaRae Espe and Bill Leonard

Master Email List:

Folks, It’s time for another posting with an updated Dunseith Alumni email list. I have attached an Excel copy of the master email list that I have. It is sort by both total name and by class year. Click on the desired sort tab at the bottom left of your screen when opening the file. For those of you that are unable to open this attached file, please let me know so I can sent you a copies pasted directly into the body of an email message. Gary

Those that have been added to the master email list since the last update posted in April

1 Damstom Seda, Irene RHAMIK@neb.rr.com 39
2 Seim Lawston, Margaret margaret.lawston@comcast.net 54
3 Liere, Larry lkliere@gondtc.com 55
4 Eurich Knutson, Mary mkbom@utma.com 62
5 Gottbreht, Ernie ejgcmb@yahoo.com 65
6 Fassett Klemmer, Kathy kathyjohn@bellsouth.net 71
7 Richard, Nathan nathan.richard@hotmail.com 2000
8 Brudwick, Mike mwbrudwick@yahoo.com Auxiliary
9 Dalbec Parks, Linda rlparks@charter.net Auxiliary
10 Hiatt Dalbec Martin, Marvel wmmrtn@charter.net Auxiliary
11 Hiatt House Gillies, Doris jimdorisgillies2@msn.com Auxiliary
12 Hiatt Levingston, Dianna levingd@me.com Auxiliary
13 Hiatt Peterson Dolan, Coleen dozipper@aol.com Auxiliary
14 Hiatt, Calvin ch3215@gmail.com Auxiliary
15 Hiatt, Harvey tlh322@yahoo.com Auxiliary
16 Hiatt, Larry lhiatt@me.com Auxiliary
17 Hill Fuchs, Elve elve@min.midco.net Auxiliary
18 Johnson, Brian & Carrie Salmonson reflexology911@hotmail.com Auxiliary
19 Salmonson Johnson, Carrie & Brian reflexology911@hotmail.com Auxiliary
20 Tweten, Lois slobagut@gmail.com Auxiliary

Neola Kofoid Garbe’s reply to Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Neola, Mensville Larson Jr. the gentleman you called and reference in your letter, I believe is also known as Norman Larson. He I believe is Diane Sjol (70) and Cheryl Dakin’s (71) father. Their mother was Verdellis Richard (Deceased). Norman is on our distribution list. I have pasted a copy of Norman’s Bottineau HS class of 43 reunion picture. You also reference other former Dunseith folks in your letter too. Gary

Hi Audrey,

I read your news with interest last night/this morning, especially when I saw Martin Larson’s name. I was quite sure Dad had bought the land by the creek (where we lived after September 1949) from Martin Larson. He lived on the same corner as we did. I wasn’t 100% sure Dad bought the land from Martin Larson, so I checked with Mom. She was quite sure it was Martin Larson, too. BUT, to be 100% sure, I called Mensville Larson, Jr. Martin was his grandfather. He verified Dad bought the land from him. Dad moved a house from, I think, a Roen farm, onto the corner of the lot.

Apparently, about the time Dad bought the land from Martin, Martin became ill/sold his house/moved to 5th St. Mensvil said the house Martin/his daughter, Emma, lived in, was the small gray house on the south side of the street, just west of the bridge. The house is empty now, but several families have lived in it, such as Shirley Sjule Osborn, Scott Dolbeare, one of the Klingbeil boys, etc.

Martin apparently sold his house next door to us, to Almer/Bertha Moe, as they are the family who moved into this house. Later, when Alvin married Jeanette Hahn, Alvin/Jeanette lived in the east end of the house. I’m not sure how many years after Almer died, the Moe families lived there. I think they sold the house to ? and Norma, Pierson, Clarence Lee’s in-laws (Gail’s parents). Piersons completely remodeled the house. Norma Pierson’s husband died; Norma remarried. She now lives at Good Sam. I don’t know if she has sold the house. If so, I don’t know who bought it.

Mensvil and I had a good visit–rather long, too. We both enjoyed the visit. I learned can now “place” more people/make more connections between people, than I could before. He said if I have other questions, to just give him a call–which I said I would.

Mensvil didn’t know where Patrina/Hagrop lived. He thought they might have lived in Minnesota at one time, but he wasn’t sure about this.

You probably know this, Audrey, but Mensville said Patrina stayed with Cora when Cora lived in the hills.

To me, it’s interesting that, when Cora moved to Bottineau, she/my family lived a few houses apart. Corbin Pritchard/his mother and nephew, lived “kitty-corner” from us. I think there was one house between Corbin’s and Jim Stevenson’s family (Jane Stevenson was married to Darryl Moum–Darryl passed away today.). I think Cora lived next to Stevenson’s–the memory dims somewhat. I went with Jean to visit Cora one time; it was a fun visit.

Again, I started to write a short note and ended up writing a “book”.


Eileen Brudwick’s reply to Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary,

First of all,welcome home, and I’m happy to hear your trip went well!!

I have the writeup about Hagrup & Petrina Hanson, I thought might answer Audery Hanson Aitchison’s question. I’ve included it below.

Take care!

Eileen Brudwick

Source: The People of Bottineau County, 1884-1984, page 354.


In 1881 Petrina Larson immigrated to America with her two brothers, Martin and Lars. She was born in 1854 in Northern Norway near Tromos of parents Lars and Kiersten. There were five sons and three daughters in the family. The father, a fisherman, was lost at sea. Petrina’s mother, Kjersten, at age 62, came to America with her three other sons in the year of 1882. Petrina was the only daughter to leave Norway.

The Larsons first settled at Litchfield, Minnesota. Petrina married Hagrup Hanson and they had two children: Cora; and Harry, who died at age two. Cora married Oscar Hanson and they had eight children.

Petrina and Hagrup lived for a time at Reville, South Dakota, before emmigrating to Minot. Because of dry years they moved back to Ortonville, Minnesota, where they lived until 1910 when they moved to the Turtle Mountains and bought land just northeast of the farm of her brother Martin.

Hagrup died in 1922 at the age of 59 years. Petrina died in 1953 at age 99 years 10 months and two days.

Grandma Besta, as the family called Petrina, apparently had a mind of her own. The family recalls a story of an incident that happened when Petrina and Hagrup and other family members were on the way to Minot from South Dakota. Hagrup’s brother, who was traveling with them, disagreed with the decision to hold the cattle back from the water hole and let the horses drink first. Petrina who was a healthy, sturdy woman, simply picked up her brother-in-law and dumped him in the water hole, which seemed to solve the disagreement.

12/07/2016 (2468)

Posted by Alan Poitra (’76):  Bloomington, MN

Robert T. DeCoteau | 1963 – 2016 | Obituary

Robert T. DeCoteau

January 10, 1963 – November 16, 2016

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Robert Terry DeCoteau, age 53 of Dunseith, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in his home. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of rural Belcourt. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. A wake will be held on Monday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Church.


Robert Terry  DeCoteau, a son of Robert DeCoteau and Loretta Morin, was born on January 10, 1963 at Belcourt. He was reared and educated in the Dunseith area. Robert graduated from Dunseith High School in 1981. He then began working for construction companies, as a brick layer, carpenter and as a mechanic. In 1998 he attended the NDSSS at Wahpeton, receiving a degree in auto mechanics. Robert worked at area garages until his health forced him to retire. He has continued to make Dunseith his home.


He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling and especially horse-trading.


He is survived by his daughter, Eron Counts of Fargo; son Gary Counts of Colorado; grandchildren, Alexis counts and Xavier Counts; father, Robert DeCoteau; companion, JoAnn Vivier of Dunseith; sisters, Celeste Hardesty of Fargo, Valerie (Kenny)DeCoteau-Peltier and Deanna (Stuart)Leonard both of Dunseith; brothers, Jeff (Margo Azure) DeCoteau of St. Michael’s, ND and Mark DeCoteau of Grand Forks; nieces and nephews, Rebecca, Jonathan and Hannah Leonard, Zane Wilkie and Keshawn Peltier.


Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother Loretta A.Morin.


Memorial Service

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
10:00 AM

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

Belcourt, ND


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Betty Delorme | 1949 – 2016

Betty Delorme, age 67 of Dunseith, died Thursday at a Minneapolis hospital. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michaels Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the church.

Betty was born to Joseph J. and Delores L. (Davis) Peltier in Belcourt, North Dakota, on November 1, 1949. She was the first born of eleven children and her parents were very proud her as their daughter, and of the woman that she was. She attended her early school years at the Dunseith Day School, and later completed grades 9 through 12 at St. Joseph’s Academy for Girls in Crookston, Minnesota, and graduated from high school there on May 24, 1968.

Betty was United in marriage to Larry Delorme at St. Mary’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Dunseith, North Dakota on November 15, 1969. Betty and Larry shared many happy years together and they were blessed with a daughter – Carolyn Marie. Over the last several years, Betty’s special companion was Robert ‘Bob’ Gunville, and together they were blessed with a son – Scott William James. She was also a devoted and loving Grandmother to Hallie, Hemmie, and the twins – Hunter and Willie, Jr.

Betty was a modest person, so she didn’t talk about her accomplishments including her college course work and the degrees she received. She obtained a Certificate as a Clerk Typist in 1989; and graduated from TMCC with an A.A.S. Degree in 1990. She continued college at UTTC in Bismarck, North Dakota, and received an L.P.N. Degree on May 8, 1997.

Betty had a strong work ethic and was employed from the time she graduated high school to the time she retired from the I.H.S. Hospital in Belcourt, North Dakota in November 2011. Prior to her work at I.H.S., Betty worked at San Haven State Hospital for 19 years until its closing.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Craft Making, and being with family for all of life’s events and celebrations. Betty was the Matriarch to her brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews, and she will be greatly missed by those who loved her and knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Delorme; her parents, Delores and Joseph Peltier; and nephews, Robert Peltier and Logan Herrera.


The man who walks among the stars
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and  Dunseith School Alumni & Friends,

Country was always been a first love in music.

As years passed I have ventured out into other music interests.

This past summer while reading Canadian News, I read about  to the ‘Tragically Hip’.

Curiosity gobsmacked me!  Because I love stories……

The more I listened, I discovered why Tragically Hip  is one of the most popular bands across Canada.

I became drawn to the front man Gord Downie’s story.

Battling terminal brain cancer, which he shared with his fans when he announced retirement, his band gave a farewell tour across Canada.

Downie did not surrender to cancer completely, he chose to cut one more recording. And  his band  understood and supported him through this wonderful venture. He has spent some last few months  recording “The Secret Path”  to draw attention to ‘reconcilation’ .

He focused fellow Canadians to look at  the plight of Indigenous  who were forced to submit to residential schools

The Secret Path is a Music/story of a young boy, who 55 years ago ran away from a residential boarding school.


Once again, Gord Downie, this musican story teller,endeared himself into  hearts.

Today at the national  meeting of  the Canadian Indigenous  Assembly he received the special honor, the name,   “Man Who Walks Among the Stars”.

If you so desire, please check out;



Repectifully,until later,

Vickie L.Metcalfe


Reply from Lee (Leland) Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

Gary and Bernadette,

SO very sorry for my mis-naming YOU, Bernadette.  THERE is no greater insult, I know,  I have been called a STRICKLAND for 70 years.  I am so EMBARRASSED.   I apologize.

38 years is a sincere milestone.  My wife and I made it to 26 years and 20 days.  It takes two to tangle.  I have learned a lot since that great loss.

I am having a difficulty locating Dick’s phone number on your return, Gary.  No problem, just another evidence of my lack of computer skills.  I will find it.

I was writing a note to my son this evening, using the ‘return’ feature of the email system.  I hit a wrong key when attempting to strike the exclamation mark without looking and lost all I had written.  As we know, it is not lost, just misplaced.  I eventually found it.

-29 wind chill a couple hours ago,  63 mph wind gust for tomorrow,  -18 for TH on the thermometer; who knows what the wind chill may compute to>

And this is the banana belt of ND.  One day some years ago I called my aunt Joy Peterson when it was +25 degrees here and it was -25 degrees in Dunseith.  Joy was 84 then and had just came inside after shoveling her driveway.  She now lives in the apartments west of the Police Department, where Grimmes’ once had their hotel.  Joy will be 90 in Feb 2017,  My uncle Leonard is 88,  time does move on.



Blog (529) posted on August 24, 2009

Posted on August 24, 2009

From Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND.


Thanks for all the emails. I have a couple more things for your email:

Patrina Hanson celebrated her 95th birthday on March 20, 1949. There were 40 relatives and friends there. She received a rocking chair. Reverend T. Weltzin spoke a Norwegian message. Patrina was 27 when she came to America. Martin Larson was her only living relative at her party. Does anyone remember where Hagrop and Patrina lived?

6-7-1953 Martin Larson, 94, was confined to his bed for 4 years. He lived at 415 – 5th Street East. I believe Dr. Gerald Sveen bought this property later. Emma Perkins, Martin’s daughter was his faithful nurse for the last 4 years. Emma is one of 3 living daughters. Martin was born 6-6-1859 and died 12-1-1953. They had 10 kids: Ludwig, Elmer, Mensvil, Hildor, Arthur, Minnie, Emma, Clara, Maybelle, and Norbert Larson. Martin was married to Nikoline Adrine (Hanson). She was born in 1856 and died in 1923

David William Pladson, son of Eldon and Ella Pladson of Dunseith,was born 8-22-1955 and died 3-5-1957. I don’t know the cause of his death.

Thank you.

Folks, Audrey is my first cousin and also a first cousin to the Morinville siblings.

Audrey, Thank you so much for this bit of history. I knew you were related to Dianne and Cheryl Larson, but I did not realize that you guys are as closely related as you are. Reading this history It appears their Grandfather and your Grandmother were siblings. I remember Reverend Weltzin too. He was the pastor for the Metigoshe Lutheran churches when my folks were confirmed members of Salem in the early 50’s.

I remember the death of David Pladson too. I believe the Pladson family was living on the Zieman place west of Salem Church when he died. Keith and Florence, please correct me if I’m wrong. I remember visiting the Pladson’s at that time along with Gladys Rude. That is a memory that has always been stuck in my mind. LaVerne Rude, I don’t remember if you were along when our mothers visited the Pladson’s or not. I kind of think you were, but I’m not sure.


Reply from Dick Johnson: Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Peggy Wurgler Axtman for filling us in on the
Lider-Halvorson wedding picture. I think it’s great to get names and
dates on these pieces of old Dunseith history. Nice work, Peggy! Thanks


Scenes from the Alaska cruise:

Ice in the water from the glacier. Because of the Ice we had to turn around and go back.

We were unable to see the Glacier. Alaska has some pretty rugged untouched country.


12/05/2016 (2467)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Betty Delorme | 1949 – 2016

Betty Delorme, age 67 of Dunseith, died Thursday at a Minneapolis hospital. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michaels Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the church.

Betty was born to Joseph J. and Delores L. (Davis) Peltier in Belcourt, North Dakota, on November 1, 1949. She was the first born of eleven children and her parents were very proud her as their daughter, and of the woman that she was. She attended her early school years at the Dunseith Day School, and later completed grades 9 through 12 at St. Joseph’s Academy for Girls in Crookston, Minnesota, and graduated from high school there on May 24, 1968.

Betty was United in marriage to Larry Delorme at St. Mary’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Dunseith, North Dakota on November 15, 1969. Betty and Larry shared many happy years together and they were blessed with a daughter – Carolyn Marie. Over the last several years, Betty’s special companion was Robert ‘Bob’ Gunville, and together they were blessed with a son – Scott William James. She was also a devoted and loving Grandmother to Hallie, Hemmie, and the twins – Hunter and Willie, Jr.

Betty was a modest person, so she didn’t talk about her accomplishments including her college course work and the degrees she received. She obtained a Certificate as a Clerk Typist in 1989; and graduated from TMCC with an A.A.S. Degree in 1990. She continued college at UTTC in Bismarck, North Dakota, and received an L.P.N. Degree on May 8, 1997.

Betty had a strong work ethic and was employed from the time she graduated high school to the time she retired from the I.H.S. Hospital in Belcourt, North Dakota in November 2011. Prior to her work at I.H.S., Betty worked at San Haven State Hospital for 19 years until its closing.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Craft Making, and being with family for all of life’s events and celebrations. Betty was the Matriarch to her brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews, and she will be greatly missed by those who loved her and knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Delorme; her parents, Delores and Joseph Peltier; and nephews, Robert Peltier and Logan Herrera.



Gary and Bernadette Stokes’ 38th Wedding anniversary.

We had a wonderful Anniversary prime Rib buffet dinner at the Marriott Hotel. Following our dinner, as I mention below, we stopped by our friends house for a party they were having for a group of their friends. Bernadette was getting tired so we didn’t stay too long. We had a good day.


Face book posting posted on the December 3rd.


Blog (528) posted on August 23, 2009

Posted on August 23, 2009

From Bonnie Smith Kohler: Mountain Iron, MN.




Bonnie, Darrel mentioned seeing you guys at their son-in-law Rob’s sisters wedding. It is a small world. And yes, you are related to a lot of the Dunseith folks with your father/you being Smith’s. Some of your cousins are Terry & Dennis Espe, Bradley Salmonson, Wayne & Keith Smith, Obert & Marlys Medlang and the list goes on. Gary

Reply from Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND.

Hi Gary

Happy to know you are back home and on line again. Hope you don’t mind the 5 comments below and maybe you can answer some of the ?s below.

1. I really enjoy your mailings because most of them have names I remember. Names like Margaret Seim, my mother could have been her teacher because she taught in a one room country school in the hills by Dunseith. Margaret could have been in 1st. grade before we moved to Devils Lake. If she has older brothers they very well could have had my mother for a teacher because I remember the Seim name. It could have been her Mother & Dad knowing my folks that I remember the Seim name from so I am not sure on this one. Since she went to school at Notre Dame I would guess that was the Catholic school in Willow City so she would know Carmen Leonard since she and her sister Carole also went to Notre Dame.

2. Would Jess Hosmer be Bob’s sister? Gary’s reply – Jess Hosmer is married to Bob’s brother Don.

3. In this Obit. I see two Azures from Devils Lake. I could not find Damian or Melanie in our phone book. I have a friend Martin (Chip) Azure in Devils Lake so I will ask him about these two.

4. The Grimme’s: My Mother was a very good friend of Kathleen Grimme and I think her husband was Carl. Conley and I would play when the folks would visit at each others homes. Conley was a little older then me and I think Bill Grimme was like Dave Shelver, born a few years after their brothers. I would guess since Carl and Conley were big people. Bill Grimme is on the right in the picture below. Gary’s reply – Yes Bill and his twin siblings, Gwen and Greg are Conley’s siblings, children of Carl and Kathleen. I don’t remember Conley, but I do remember Carl. Bill, like his dad, carries a larger frame, but not obese. Bill and I are 65 class mates. Gwen & Greg were with the class of 68.

5. Is Bill Leonard Janice’s brother or a relation to me? We have a Bill Leonard in our family from Rolette. Gary’s reply – From what your cousin, Carmen Leonard Richard and the Leonard’s from Dunseith have told me, you guys are two separate families.

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

Hi Gary,

I’m pretty sure that I am the other girl in the photo (yesterdays message). I remember that wedding and even recognize the dress.

We should wish Lola Metcalfe Vanorny a belated Happy Birthday! It was her birthday on the 21st.

Toni Morinville Gredesky

Toni, I just had a good chat with our first cousin, Jean Pladson from up in the hills. She mentioned going to Lunch with your sister Bev and Cheryl Larson Dakin last week at Dale’s.

Condolences from Bobby Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas


Reply from Cathy Campbell Springan (72): Stanley, ND


Thank you for the birthday wishes although today is our anniversary not my birthday! That is yet to come!!


Man Cathy, I was given some bum info. We all wish you a belated anniversary and a happy future birthday. Gary

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

Just wanted to thank Cheryl Larson for the peace garden photo. I remember every year it seemed our class would take a day trip up there. Its beautiful. Sharon Gerdes

Folks, Phyllis McKay invited Bernadette and me to her house in Auburn, WA for dinner one evening following the cruise. Her sister Minnie Mary and her husband Ed joined us too. These pictures were taken at Phyllis’ house. Phyllis and her friend Leo are wonderful hosts. Leo is a prince of a fellow too. Leo was on the cruise also, so we got well acquainted.

Phyllis McKay (65) with her friend Leo.

Minnie Mary McKay Merrill (48) with her husband Ed

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

12/2/2016 (2466)

Reply to Dick Johnson’s (’68) Posting, Posted on 8/20/2009 also reposted with 11/30/2009 blog
From Marlys Zorn Bryan (’69):   Fairbury, Neb

The answer to Dick Johnson’s question:

I went to school in Dunseith for grades 1-6.  Yes, Marcia Vandal was a very good friend of mine while she was there.  I was sorry to see her leave.  I went to Bottineau for school after we moved there when I was 12.  I did attend the Forestry 1969-1971, and then went on to UND. The Harlequins are the group who sponsored me for Smokey’s queen.

I too remember Sharon Zorn’s (my sister) beautiful golden blond curls and her very soothing piano playing; her musicianship has been an inspiration to me life-long. Dick Johnson, you and I must have been the same age, born 1951?


Reply from Lee (Leland) Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND


Hello, MR “Warm”,  to be -3 on 12-5-16; we just rec’d. 10 inches of snow on Monday.  This is Tues and the city is shut down; not like Dunseith where we “carried on” unless it snowed 2 feet.  The mail never left Bismarck, apparently.

Gary, I’d like to get Dick Johnson’s phone number.  Years ago, Joy Peterson sent me a photo of our football team and asked me to attach names.  I did pretty good to remember them.

I failed to keep a copy of that photo.  Believe it was from when I was in the 8th grade and I was shown kneeling in front on the right hand side.  Coaches Bob Jury and Don Prouty liked a 12 year old who weighed 192 pounds and who ran the 100 yard dash in about 10.6 seconds.  I think this photo went into the museum at Dunseith.

I am putting things together for the possibility of some memoirs to include all the writings that I have done; poems, thesis’,

papers, stories that have been published in national journals, etc.

Want to include as much as I can to make a full and good and better picture.

If you can help me with this I will be grateful.


Hope your lovely wife, Bernadette, is getting along.  Lee



Blog (527) posted on August 22, 2009

Posted on August 22, 2009

Folks, I have been without internet service all day, so I am a little late getting this out. Gary

LEROY BIRKLAND, 78, Bottineau, died Thursday in a Bottineau nursing home. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)

Randy & Terry Hiatt and all of Leroy’s family. Our condolences are with you with the loss of Leroy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Randy & Terry, I know that Leroy, being married to your mother for most of your childhood days, was a real father to you guys. Gary

Posted by Randy Hiatt on January 30, 2009: NORTH BEND, WA

Gary, I have attached a picture of my step father Leroy Birkland and his wife Alice, and one of Wades sons so some of the folks can see. This was taken when I was back last December to visit him in Bottineau. I hadn’t seen my step dad in many years so it was really nice getting back and visiting with him. I took dad for a drive up in the hills and stopped to see Freddy Hiatts old farm by Willow Lake. A lot had change with that farm from the way I remember it when I was a kid visiting. The big red barn was gone and a lot of the out buildings as well.

Thanks for everything

Randy Hiatt

Leroy & Alice Birkland

Cathy Campbell Springan (73), Stanley, ND: Today, August 22nd, is your birthday. We wish you a very happy birthday, enjoy.

Reply/Picture from Peggy Wurgler Axtman (71): Kent, Wa


I was looking closer at the picture of Jess Hosmer and I THINK the little girl in the pink dress in the lower left of the picture is ME! The little boy on the right in the white jacket may be Terry Halvorson. I don’t know who the other little girl is, though. If I am correct, the occasion was the wedding of Arliss Halvorson and my cousin, Clayton Lider. See picture below of the day. Jess was a bridesmaid. I cannot remember who the older couple is on the left but they must have been Arliss’s grandparents. Jess is third from left, the guy yawning next to her must be Don Hosmer, Alma & Clifford Halvorson (bride’s parents), me (groom’s cousin), Arliss & Clayton (bride & groom), Terry (bride’s cousin), my Aunt Gladys & Uncle Carl Lider (groom’s parents), Caroleen Lider Williams (groom’s sister), Don Williams (groom’s brother-in-law), Karen Woodward (?), Curt Halvorson (bride’s brother), Gabe & Lisa Loken (groom’s and my grandparents), an unknown lady on the right and unknown boy in the foreground. The same car is in the background and the wedding was at the Dunseith Lutheran church. I believe the Liders celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer so this picture was taken in 1958.

I was happy to finally meet you in person at the SeaTac Ramada Inn before you all left on the Alaskan Cruise. What fun it was for me to connect with my classmate, Cheryl Haagenson, after 43 years! And, I met some other familiar names and faces, too.

Thanks for keeping this going . . .

Peggy (Wurgler) Axtman ’71

Peggy, it was such a pleasure seeing you in person too. I swear to god you look 25 plus years younger than the age that I know you are. Your are such a friendly charismatic person too. It was so nice that you were able to see us. I only wish I could have had more time to sit and chat with you. You did select a good time to see everyone though when we were in the hotel lobby getting ready to go to the ship. Gary

Jess Hosmer, Peggy Wurgler (girl with dress) & Terry Halvorson?

From Cheryl Larson Dakin: BEDFORD, TX

HI Gary,

So glad you’re back. Nancy and Diane said that the Alaska trip was a smash hit. I’ve seen some of their pictures. Looks like lots of fun. We all missed you.

George and I just got back from visiting my dad in Bottineau and of course while there, went to Dunseith, drove around town and then met Bev for lunch. After all the talk about Dales and the Jumbo, we just had to split one. And no, we didn’t finish the whole thing because what’s a jumbo without a plate of JoJo’s? It tasted even better than it looks! We had a great visit, but too short. Diane and I went to the Peace Garden. The flowers are in full bloom and it was just beautiful. I am enclosing a picture taken last weekend. The new reflecting pool will be so nice once it’s finished.


Cheryl Larson Dakin