03/30/2017 (2507)

Condolences to the Nelson Family
From Marlys Hiatt (’71): Dunseith, ND

My condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Nelson.  She was a wonderful teacher.  I never ever forgot her and after my return to the Dunseith area I often tried to look her up.  With the help of Ann (Boppre) Perry I was finally able to make contact with her by telephone.  I am so glad we were able to have a couple conversations.  I had seen her at a funeral years before and was so touched that she remembered  my name.

I would love to tell some stories about Mrs. Nelson but right now what I remember most is her beautiful smile that always welcomed you to her classroom and her gentle sweet spirit that made learning fun and we did learn so much from her.  My mother was a very skilled cook but there were still things to learn from Mrs. Nelson and I had a lot of fun sharing that information with my mom.  No matter how much time passes I will never forget what a wonderful teacher Mrs. Nelson was.

I have been a worker in the educational system for about 15 years and there are times when I and other staff think about previous students and wonder how they are or what they are doing.  Sometimes we pass on information to each other about success of our past students.  For you teachers out there I want to let you know your students are doing the same.  Thing about you, wondering how your doing, and remembering the things that happened in your classroom.  Students that will never forget you and what you meat to them.

Marlys Hiatt
School Social Worker

Recent pictures at Parties and Dinners in Cebu.  Lots of social gatherings.

Marco Polo:  Gary, Rose and Bernadette
Stokes 2507-1

Ian Craven’s 70th Birthday Party:  Gary, Sharon, Rose and Michael
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Blog (567) posted on October 3, 2009

Posted on October 3, 2009

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and Everyone:

After reading your last message today, I couldn’t get Aggie Cassavants letter out of my mind, where she described the reception she and her colleagues received in Dunlap, Tennessee. I grew up in the turtle Mountains, and of course we were not exposed to other races very much, but I know both Mother and Dad were color blind when it came to race or religion. I am very grateful to them for their tolerance for everyone, and I am sure it made an impression on me that has made it much easier for me to make friends, and communicate with people of every race or creed. A case in point; the V A sent me to Hines, Ill. to the V A Hospital for the blind to receive training to help me deal with the disability. I met many African American veterans, and during my stay i got to know them well and became friends, and some of them still had the old slave dialect that we come to recognize them. . Some were very articulate, but I wouldn’t be able to tell whether they were black or caucasion. My wife and oldest son came to visit me one day and I had extolled to them about how much i enjoyed working with a particular instructor, who also happened to be my coordinator. He knew they were coming and I asked him to stop by my room so I could introduce him to them. Sure enough, he came to my room and i introduced him and we enjoyed a short but informative conversation. After he left, my wife turned to me and said, you never told me he was black. I told her truthfully that i didn;t know, but that the thought had not entered my mind. I think if more people who have racist notions would simply put on a blindfold before they meet someone of a different race, that they may put aside foolish notions about superiority and other foolish thoughts. His name was Emery, and He was an outstanding instructor. I went back for some additional training 2 years later. When he met me in the hall he called me by name , came over, shook my hand and renewed our relationship with some cheery remarks. I feel truly sorry that Aggie had to witness the type of ignorant racism that must have terrified the little girls with her. It is my hope that people like that will eventually discover the error of their way, but unfortunately this type of mentality will more than likely crop up again. There is good and bad in every race or religion, and it is our duty to separate the good from the bad, and teach our children the right way. Sorry for the long sermon, It is one of my pet peeves.

Erling Landsverk

Message that Neola Kofoid Garbe sent out to her folks

neola@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Bottineau Bunch/Brudwick’s,

Many of you know Virgil Rude, son of Alfred/Viola Bjornseth Rude. Virgil suffered a stroke on September 18. The enclosed email came from his wife, Gerry.


Sorry I haven’t got back to you sooner. Virgil has no problem with you
sharing information about him. His right side is weaker than the left,
and his speech
was affected some. He can walk, but we stay close by so he doesn’t
fall. He can also talk and we have no problem understanding him, but
certain sounds have to be worked on. His stroke was on the 18th. He
noticed he couldn’t make certain sounds and asked me to take him to the
emergency room. He has therapy 2-3 hours every other day and is
already making progress.


Neola, Many of our folks know Virgil Rude, so I am posting this. His parents were Alfred and Viola (Bjornseth) Rude. I talked to Virgil recently too. Virgil was in the National Guard with Larry Liere (55) and C Emerson Murry (42). I called Virgil when Larry posted the picture of him and Emerson. That had to have been just a few days prior to when Virgil had his stroke.

Virgil, I have am including you with this message today. I am so sorry to hear of all this that has happened to you. On the bright side, you are getting better.

Folks, Virgil lives in Minot and is a retired school teacher/administrator from the Minot schools. When I talked to Virgil he told me he worked directly for C Emerson Murry for a number of years. C Emerson Murry was a Two Star General in the guard. Virgil was a bird Colonel. Gary

Virgil’s email

Reply from Louise Pigeon Horsman (43): Bothell, WA

I was reading the message from Bill Hosmer about the Tennancour girls. I will be seeing Eileen within the next month. Harold passed away and she is living in a retirement home in Bothell. Louise Pigeon Horsman

Louise, I believe Eileen Tennacour was married to Harold Korbel. Harold’s brother, Albert, was married to Mildred Bjornseth. They lived in Edmonds and I think Harold & Eileen may have lived there too. Dad knew Mildred well and also the Kobel’s. With his visits to see us he’d always call Mildred and we’d stop by their house in Edmonds on our way up to Everett from Bremerton. We’d take the Kingston / Edmonds ferry. Dad’s brothers, Nels and Pete Petterson lived in Everett. Gary

Lorette Berube Leonard & Bernadette Stokes

Leo (Phyllis McKay’s special friend) with Marvin & Marie Iverson Staub (60)

This is a birthday party that we celebrated at Shakey’s in the mall for Bernadette’s Great Niece in yellow on the right. With exception of our two helpers and the little boy in front on the end, these are a few of Bernadette’s relatives. Bernadette’s sister, Berlinda, is on the right in blue. As you can tell, I’m the minority in this group. I don’t speak their language, but they can speak mine, so that’s OK.

The lady of the house, Benadette, with her helpers below.

Sisters – Our helpers Gaga and Tata. Tata’s husband, Aldren, works for us too. He takes care of the outside.

3/29/2017 (2506)

Happy 90th Birthday Floyd Dion: March 29, 1927

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Hi, Gary.

Sorry I didn’t get this sent earlier in the week.   I assume all the people who plan to attend most likely already know about this event. :)

No Dunseith News this week.



Condolences to Greg and Kathy Nerpel LaCroix
From Colette Hosmer (’64):   Santa Fe, NM

Dear Kathy and Greg,

I am so sorry for your the loss of your beautiful daughter. Please know that I hold you in my heart and my thoughts.



Thank You Vickie Metcalfe
From Greg LaCoix (’66)Fargo, ND.

Thank you also Vickie for posting my BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER MARIA.  I MEANS THE WORLD TO ME!!  Greg


Reply from Greg LaCoix (’66): Fargo, ND.

Thank you do so much Gary.  It helps to know that those that I grew up with will says a prayer for my DEAR LOVING MARIA.  It’s extremely hard to lose your own child, especially when she was looking for a new start in life.  I LOVED HER SO AS WELL AS MY 3 OTHER ADULT CHILDREN!!  Thank you again Gary.   Greg


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


JoAnn Nelson
August 04, 1926 – March 24, 2017

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JoAnn Nelson, age 90, loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother was called to Heaven, March 24, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Center of Bottineau. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church of Bottineau with Father Michael Hickin officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2017 at Nero funeral home, with a rosary/vigil service beginning at 7:00 pm. JoAnn will be laid to rest next to her husband Daryl at St. Mark’s Catholic Cemetery in Bottineau.


JoAnn was born on August 4, 1926 to Josephine and Clement Tooley in Minot, North Dakota. JoAnn was raised in a strong Catholic home, and attended St. Leo’s Catholic Schools, graduating from St. Leo’s High School as valedictorian in 1944. JoAnn graduated from the University of North Dakota with a education degree in 1949, thereby starting her teaching career.


It was while she was teaching home economics in Bottineau that she met Daryl Nelson. JoAnn and Daryl were united in marriage on July 28, 1951 at St. Leo’s Church, and made their home in Bottineau where they raised their family of three sons; Jim (Brenda), Bob (Norma) and Mark (Deb).


In addition to her three sons and their wives, JoAnn is survived by her grandchildren Melissa (Randy) Heaton, Chris Nelson, Josiah (Jackie) Nelson, Josh Nelson (Alexis), Jamie Nelson, Beau (Jaque) Nelson and Brock Nelson. Surviving great grandchildren are Charlee Heaton, Ryker and Ender Nelson, Ruger Nelson and Greysen. Also, several nieces and nephews.

JoAnn was preceeded in death by her husband Daryl, her parents and her sister Mary Patricia (Pat).

JoAnn will be in our hearts forever.


Judith Wolsky Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metecalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

 Judy was  respected by  colleagues, parents and her students  for her professional demeanor as a teacher.

She held high expectations for students she taught.

I also  recall  one specific incident  when Judy showed in  public, a  kindness  to another  who was less fortunate intellectually.

Vickie Metcalfe



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Judith Wolsky

Judith Wolsky, age 67, of Carrington, ND, died Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at her home.

Judith Ann Hill was born on May 17, 1949, in Carrington, ND, the daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Hoppe) Hill. She grew up in Carrington and graduated from Carrington High School in 1967. After high school Judith went to Dakota College at Bottineau (School of Forestry) and graduated in 1969, and then attended and graduated from Mayville (Mayville State University) in 1971.

She was united in marriage to James Berube in 1970. One daughter Tracy was born to this union in 1972, later they divorced.

Judith took her first teaching job in Dunseith in 1971, and taught 5th grade. Throughout her teaching years she taught Junior High Math in Belcourt. In 1975, she taught Senior High Math and Girls Physical Education in Gwinner and Forman. Judith was united in marriage to James Wolsky on May 16, 1975, in Britton, SD. Together they formed a family with their two children, Jim and Tracy.  Judith also coached Cheerleading, B-Squad Girls Basketball in Forman, as well as Gymnastics during the summer in Gwinner, ND. During her teaching years, Judith was nominated for Teacher of the Year and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1986. She retired from teaching in 2004, and they moved back to Carrington.

She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids, and enjoyed golfing, reading, fishing, hunting, gardening and visiting with family and friends.

Judith is survived by her husband James “Butch”, Carrington; children Jim (Sue) Wolsky, Carrington, Tracy (Brad) Buckmeier, West Fargo; grandchildren Lane and Lily Bea Buckmeier; sisters Loretta (Bob) Hektner, St. George, UT, Joanne Bohnet, Frisco, TX, Linda Varty, Minot; a brother Robert (Kathy) Hill, Bottineau; as well as many nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Martha; and one brother Richard.



Friday (March 3rd) at 7PM in Evans Funeral Home, Carrington


Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND


Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00AM


Carrington Cemetery


Blog (566) posted on October 2, 2009

Reply from Gary Fulsebakke (71): Devils Lake, ND
To Sharon Zorn Gerdes
The 10 Commandment monument that Arnold and Lorna are standing next to
is in front of the Lodge on the American side of the Peace Garden.
One of the most impressive displays of the Commandments that I have
seen is on a large billboard as you enter the town of Alexander in
western ND. Gary Fulsebakke
Reply from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ & Lake Metigoshe, ND
Gary and Friends, Erling, in his interesting “Thank You” mailing mentioned the Tennancour girls on the west side of Dunseith School. They are on page 125 of the Dunseith Centennial Book. I remember Lila and Eileen, and had the typical school boy crush on them as well as several other beauties our town was famous for. Eileen married a guy named Harold Korbel. When Harold was in the Air Corps during WW ll he came to our house to visit with my parents, Jack and Inez. Eileen and he were, I believe just married or about to be. She was there with him. Harold used to work for Steve and Jennie Cook at Kelvin, and was a very handsome man. Later while I was in the Air Force in the fifties, he came to the same base I was stationed and we had a cup of coffee before he had to take off again. Lila used to pal with another young woman, whose family was mentioned in Erling’s mail. John Myhre’s daughter, Muggs (a nick name). Another beauty from the old
days, class of ’42 was Beaulah (Polly) Peloquin, daughter of Joe and Ada and sister of Doreen. Then, of course as time marched on, other women closer to my age started to get my attention. The Sunderland girls, Patty McCatee, Bernice Olson, and almost everyone you could see at the drug store and at the dances in the old city hall. Sometimes there is an explosive reaction to a contribution like Erlling’s resulting in a shower of memories coming out of the shadows. Thanks to you, Gary and you other historical characters of value. Bill Hosmer
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
Gary, Erling Landsverk and friends, (Family Stories from our Dad)
When our father, Clifford Metcalfe reminisced about school days, he’d speak highly of the two teachers who were positive influences in his life. He referred to them as; Miss Olson (Potratz) and Mr. Larson. Even as an adult he held utmost respect and fondness for Miss Laura Olson (Mrs. Potratz) and Mr. Harry Larson.
“There was a school function to be held. Our dad, was asked if his mom, was coming?(Rose Metcalfe, at that time, was a HUGE robust woman later was diagnosed with diabetes) He said, “Yes.” His class mate Agnes said, “Can she get through the door?” Our father said, “I grabbed her by the hair and the next thing I knew Harry Larson had me by the hair pulling me off….. His mother, asked dad why he was in a fight & he wouldn’t tell her.”
Vickie L. Metcalfe
Reply/Story from Aggie Cassavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
To Dick&Brenda, Oh Wow, what I wouldn’t have given to go see you guys play at Hostfest. I still have your C.D. in my player in my van.Listen to it still to and from work.Gotta love the Pauncho & Lefty song,and Rebel Soldier,my two favorite. I love the history of the South,and beleive me when I say South Carolina is full of history…there are some pockets here and there,that I swear don’t realize the Civil War is over…that can really get crazy sometimes.
In 1990 I was traveling by mule and covered wagon,with a wilderness program for troubled teens by the name of “Vision Quest, based out of Franklin Pennsylvania.The kids on the wagon train were inner city kids from New York, Philadelphia’and Pittsburg.We had 13 wagons pulled by mules. We started out in Franklin PA,and our destination was Kissimee Florida. We would go 20 miles a day,set up camp.(Which was real tepees that held 16 kids each) We had like 92 kids on our train both boys and girls,with 98% of the kids being African American. Everything went smooth til we got to Dunlap Tennessee. We had a point scout who would ride way ahead of the wagon train,and ask farmers if we could set up camp overnite on their property,and be gone by sun up. It was so funny,cuz I have no idea what the point scout was telling the farmers,but I think they thought it was a bunch of boy scouts,with pup tents. When we would come rolling through there yard with 13 covered wagons pulled by mules,with the point scout,and rear scout,and a Wagon Master looking like “Bat Masterson” and started setting up our 7 life sized teepees,with ninety-something wilding out inner-city kids…you should of seen the look on some of these farmers faces…sheer terror you could tell,cuz they were chasing there kids into the house,just scootin them along.
Well everyone along the way welcomed us for the most part,the news media would chase us down in some parts…But…….Now we get to Dunlap Tennessee……Oh Wow. Well to set the stage of what I’m fixin to tell you…I was told that Dunlap,Tennessee is where the KKK was founded….So needless to say it explains,all the ignorance showed to us,that eventually got down right dangerous. The point scout went a couple hours ahead of us,and asked the sherriff in town if we could set up camp on the fair grounds for the weekend…The sherriff agreed. By the time we pulled into town,the towns people were waiting on the side of the road to greet us til they saw that most of the kids were African American. We proceeded thru town got down to the fair grounds and started setting up camp. I was down where we were feeding the horses,and mules,I had 5 kids with me closest to the road. Pretty soon I saw these 4 guys coming down the hill,hollering and waving. Well we were told,that when the public comes down to see us when we go thru these towns,that no matter how tired we are that we were suppose to take the time,be friendly,and show them around. So I started walking towards the road with 3 of the kids(girls) waved and hollered hi. When they got closer I could see one of the 4 guys had something in his hand. As they got closer I could hear them yelling,get out of their town with these “n—er kids”blah blah blah. When they got right up to me I saw what the guy had in his hand was a 5th of Whiskey…finally I told them flat out the Civil War is over,and i didn’t have time to listen to their ignorance and asked them to leave. As i turned to walk away with my kids,the guy with the whiskey bottle, spit at me and called me a ni–er lover,and yelled,”If your not out of here by dark were gonna come back and grind all those little ni–ers up and feed them to our cattle. Well by then I had 3 girls hanging onto me digging their nails into my arms.I went and told the Wagon Master,so he went into town to talk to the sherriff. The sherriff said’,You should of known better than to bring all them n—ers into our town. Later that night,which was a Friday night at about 11pm. all the town outlaws came out in force driving up and dowm the road,honking horns ,yelling hate talk,and shooting in the air above our teepee’s. Some of the male staff said they could hear the bullets whizzing thru the air.It was my night to sleep in the tac trailer that night,but Heather,came and got me.She said the girls were scared,and they said,”Go get Miss Aggie to come and sleep in our teepee,she isn’t scared of those guys,she told them they were stupid today”. Well I went and slept in the teepee but it had nothing to do with not being scared earlier that evening,it was a case of my mouth getting ahead of my brain.The next day,about 8 of us had the day off,so we walked into town to have something to do. When we went into this little cafe to get something to eat,we all had our red Rough Rider tee shirts on. Everyone was staring at us,and whispering…no one would wait on us… The sherriff was sitting up at the counter,just like in the movies,with that brim hat on,big cigar in his mouth,round dark sunglasses,and kept turning around and looking at us.Finally he said”You can sit there til hell freezes over,but we don’t serve ni–er lovers here”and started chuckling.As we got up to leave,he yelled after us”There’s only one way out of this town and it’s thru our main street,and you better have a shovel with you to pick up your mule s–t,or will pick it up for you,and chase down your wagon train and throw it in your covered wagons on your “little n—–s.As everyone from my group kept moving,towards the door I just stood there staring at this sherriff dumbfounded,pretty soon,Brian grabbed my arm,and said,”Don’t say nothing,lets go…He kinda jerked me back to reality…As we walked back to camp,no one said a word…I think we were all lost in our own thoughts…Who would of ever thought this kind of craziness still existed…So anyway Dick and Brenda, Like the song goes…”Then the rebel soldier dies”… Those of you who have the opportunity to go listen to Dick, Brenda,& Ron perform…I know you won’t be disappointed….thank you all for everything!
Reply to picture posted yesterday
From Glen Williams (52): Missoula, MT
Good grief…Those guys have really aged…..
Barry Shelver, Gary Morgan, Clark Crum, Jerry Williams; What do you guys have to say. I think we need to see a picture of Glen. What do you think about that? I’ll bet he hasn’t changed one bit since high school? Gary
Previously posted with message 180 on 8/3/08
Message/Picture from Gary Morgan (54):
Gary & All,
Attached is a snapshot of the entire 1950 football team that my mother took after we had beaten Belcourt in our first game of the season. We had previously thumped Towner in a practice scrimmage so we were on a roll. Back row: Billy Leonard, Marshall Awalt, Clayton McKay, Bob Leonard, Jerry Blake, Don Hiatt & Stephen Renault. Front row: Gary Morgan, Eddie Leonard, Dick Morgan, Jerry Williams, Glen Williams & Don Hosmer. White jersey: Barry Shelver. We only had 12 game uniforms so Barry, being only a lowly 8th grader didn’t get one. However, in the next game, against Leeds, Stephen got his nose broken, a not uncommon occurrence in those days, and was out for the season. This was a good thing for Barry cuz now he got a game uniform. I don’t know why Bill missed the team picture. This was the first football team Dunseith fielded since before the war and we took our lumps. We played Belcourt twice so got two wins but were humiliated by Leeds 60-13 and also beaten by Rolla, Towner and Bisbee twice for a record of 2-5. We were competitive in all but the Leeds game.
The next year, we won our first two games but in the second one, against Rolette, Don Hosmer’s head met Eddie Leonard’s knee and they were both knocked out of action. Since we only had three subs to start with, including 90 lb. Barry Shelver and 75 lb. Gary Woodford, we had to cancel the rest of the season.
Janice is right. Old school friends are special.Gary Morgan

1950 DHS football team:
Back row L to R: Billy Leonard, Marshall Awalt, Clayton McKay, Bob Leonard, Jerry Blake, Don Hiatt & Stephen Renault.
White jersey: Barry Shelver
Front row L to R: Gary Morgan, Eddie Leonard, Dick Morgan, Jerry Williams, Glen Williams & Don Hosmer

03/24/2017 (2505)

Maria LaCroix Gleason Obituary: Daughter of Greg LaCroix (’66) and Cathy Nerpel LaCroix (’64)
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

 Maria Gleason

January 30, 1973 – March 14, 2017
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Maria Gleason (LaCroix) 44, of Fargo ND passed away Tuesday March 14, 2017 due to complications of Diabetes. She was born in Rolla, ND on January 30, 1973, to Gregory and Katherin LaCroix (Nerpel).

She grew up in Fargo, ND and graduated in 1991 from West Fargo High School. Maria took part in many athletic activities. She previously had been an active member of Nativity Catholic Church and choir.

In 2003 Maria married Cory Gleason in Fargo, ND. She was a baker by profession and was employed by Hornbachers’s Supermarket for over 20 years. Her friends and family were eager to indulge in her excellent culinary and baking skills.

Maria was known for her infectious laugh, joyful spirit and innocent and boundless love for others. Maria’s sense of humor touched everyone’s heart.

Her adventurous spirit and passion for life led her to exceed in challenges. In honor of the Water Walkers, Maria completed the Fargo Marathon. She also volunteered for the homeless coalition. Maria too developed skills in the healing arts and became a Reiki Master. Maria established deep friendships and spiritual comraderies by sharing many cultural traditions with others. She loved cultural dances and brought her enthusiasm to many gatherings and events.

She is survived by parents Gregory and Katherin LaCroix (Nerpel), grandmother, Eleanor Nerpel, brothers, Eric and Gabriel, sister, Gina, nephews Zachary, Ethan, and Mathew, nieces Morgan, Nichole, Vanessa and Marissa, plus many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Visitation Prayer Service: Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo Sunday March 26, 2017, 2PM – 4 PM followed by prayer service at 4 PM.

Memorial Service: Nativity Catholic Church Fargo, Monday March 27, at 2:30 PM

Interment: Holy Cross South Cemetery



– See more at: http://boulgerfuneralhome.com/obituaries/maria-gleason/#sthash.EojHVZxN.swiJozuy.dpuf

Gary Stokes’ comment:
Kathy and Greg: We are so sad to hear of your loss. Losing a child is so hard. Our condolences are with both of you with her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Picture provided by Pat Schneider
Posted by Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum): 

Here’s one for you Gary.
This is Warren Schneider and Artie Pladson in 1940.
Pat Schneider just brought it in.  Karen
Schnieder, Warren and Pladson, Artie 2505


Blog (565) posted on October 1, 2009

Posted on October 1, 2009

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

I just want to note that I am so impressed with the Zeilers and their ten commandments. It was nice to see a photo of them anyhow, but I wondered where that marker stands. I would love to put something like that in my front yard, can you imagine what a commotion it would cause in this mixed up world we live in. It just made me proud for whoever put that up. Thanks, Sharon Zorn Gerdes, 62

Sharon, that Picture of Arnold and Lorna is a picture that Sandra took of her parents at the Peace Garden last year. I agree hole heartedly with what you have said. Gary

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and all My North Dakota Friends!

I want to SHOUT A BIG THANK YOU! TO ALL OF YOU THAT LEAPED INTO MY REQUEST FOR HELP IN MY SEARCH OF INFORMATION ABOUT HARRY LARSON. Your help has made it possible to contact members of his extended family and by this week end perhaps his daughter Janice. Talk about results

I called the number out in spokane washing for Janice Myhre and got their voice mail. Found out later that they are on a short vacation to the coast. I called Jeanie Schneibel at Dick Johnson’s suggestion, she pointed me to Mary Ann Larson, in Hamilton, Montana, and Mary Ann filled me in on a lot of questions that I had. She apparently never married, but sounds very happy where she lives, and is in contact with her niece Janice quite often. Thank you Gary Metcalfe for getting the ball rolling, Thank you Lloyd Awalt for your report on where the family moved to etc, Thank you to Jan Evans for your accurate information and a special Thank you to you Gary Stokes for your diligent pursuit of finding the family. If i have missed someone who helped Iam sincerely sorry and again I can only repeat what I said previously, “the folks from the turtle mountains,Dunseith and Bottineau and the surrounding area are the greatest. I will follow up with a report after I contact Janice. Incidentally, you younger folks may not know that John Myhre owned and operated Myhre’s Dept store, right next to the Red Owl Store. My Uncle Thobve Landsverk built and operated that store untill he died suddenly during surgery at a Bottineau hospital. I am sure Lloyd Awalt remembers Myhre’s Dept Store. Gary Metcalfe mentioned my uncle Halvor a few days earlier, about his poetry and journalistic skills, all i can say is that uncle Halvor had an aversion to heavy physical work and only did so when there were no other options. Yes he did write poetry, and a kind of column in the Dunseith Journal, but he did have a lot of talent for music, and he was keenly interested in politics, which he expounded whenebver the opportunity presented itself. Yes, I did forget to thank you Dick Johnson, your information was most helpful, sorry I missed you the first time.

I do remember a couple of attractive girls whose name wasTennanccour and they lived just across the street from the old school, on the west side that is

Erling Landsverk

Erling, We are excited to hear your report after you talk to Janice. Isn’t it wonderful having so many of our folks with the memory resources they have, when combined, enables us to find all this stuff. I remember a Myhre’s department store in Bottineau in later years too. It replaced the former Vinjie department store. I have not picked up on the link to this Larson family yet. I’m sure I know some of the family members. I knew who Clara Hagen Larson was who was married Clarence Larson, Harry’s brother. Gary

Reply from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne


If I could, I would most definitely join you and Brenda at the Hostfest in Minot. But, you and Brenda have a wonderful time there and please, dont eat
to much. I enjoyed the Hostfest when I lived in Minot. It was a real culture eye opener. Sybil Johnson

(1) Bob Leonard, (2) Don Hiatt, (4) Gary Morgan, (5) Dick Morgan, (6) Glen Williams, (7) Kick McKay, (3) Ed Leonard (12 Marshall Awalt, (10) Clark Crum, (8) Don Hosmer, (11) Jerry Williams, (9) Barry Shelver

Note: These 4 guys are in the football picture above.

Picture L to R:
Barry Shelver, Gary Morgan, Clark Crum, Jerry Williams

03/22/2017 (2504)

Good day folks,

I don’t have any new postings for today, so I will just continue with the reposting of older postings from 2009.

I have also included several maps of Cebu to give you an idea where we are located in the world. We live in Consolacion located about 7 miles north of Cebu City in the center of the island of Cebu. As you can see in the bottom picture, we are pretty close the Equator. Less than 400 miles.

The island of Cebu is long and slender. Cebu island is about 150 miles long from tip to tip. There are 4 plus million people on this Island, so there are lots of people. Most don’t have cars, but motor cycles are becoming very popular and abundant. Buses, Jeepneys, and Motor Cycles for hire are the main modes of transportation for the locals. Most Motor Cycles are about 100cc, so they are small.

This is our 14th year living here. We really like it here. It’s summer every day of the year too. The Filipino people are known to be some of the most friendly social people in the world too. They like the Americans, western and European culture people. They Envy our English speaking tongues. I always tell them I envy them too for all the Languages that they speak.  I tell them I only know English. Most of the locals can speak 3 languages.  Tagalog (Filipino) the national language, Cebuano the local language and English.

Cebu-1 Cebu-2 Cebu-3 Cebu-4


Blog (564) posted on September 30, 2009


Posted on September 30, 2009

Highway 43 with Dick & Brenda Johnson will be performing at the Hostfest daily:

Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Gary Metcalfe–Sorry I misunderstood the Harry-Harold Larson
relationship. Brothers they are.

We have gotten many requests for the CD of our live performance,
thanks for the support and encouragement. We had an interesting call
last night. We had been scheduled to play on a side stage at the
Hostfest in Minot this week starting Wednesday. One of the entertainers
had to cancel with illness and the honchos asked us to move to one of
the main stages and fill the slot. We now are on at noon and 4PM, two
performances each day for all four days. We have four different song
sets so no two shows each day will be the same. I hope we get to see
some of our classmates and friends during the week. Please stop by for a
visit if you folks are in Minot. Again, thanks to everyone for your
support and encouragement. We really appreciate it! Thanks Gary!


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

Hi Gary The Harry Larson that you are referring to is the Larson that was married to Alice Evans Berube’s sister Esther Tennancour. They had 2 children George and Jani Larson Myhre Janie is in Spokane and George is in Pittsburgh, He died 1986 and Esther died 1-15-1991,

Jan, I have located a phone number for Janice Myhre in Spokane, WA. I left a message with her voice mail. With the info you have provided I believe the death records that I posted several days ago for Harry and Esther Larson are correct. My question now to everyone, is Janice Myhre related to the Myhre’s in Rolette? Thanks, Gary

Arnold & Lorna Zeiler – July 2008


03/17/2017 (2503)

Good day Folks,

I have nothing new for posting today so I will just continue with the prior postings.

Take care and have a nice day.



Blog (563) posted on September 29, 2009

Reply from Llyod Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND
Erling, Harry Larson was my teacher when I was in the 7 & 8 grade in 1938 & 39 . he was there from 1937 to 40 or 41 then went to Montana. I’m not sure how many were in that family. Swead lived north of overly. Charles lived north east of overly. I’m not sure if he was the father of the Larson or just a brother . That’s the only ones that lived around here that I know of. I was in the same grade as you was in high school with urban &yedola I quit school when I was a sophomore then went in the navy. Lloyd Awalt
Request from Verena (Pete) Gillis (65): Dunseith, ND.
I received a call requesting a picture of Wilbur “Billy” McKay-born
October 1907 and died Sept. 16, 1924. Could you post this and if anyone
has any pictures of Wilbur to please send a copy to: Arla Linford- Street-Renton, Washington 98059. Her telephone number is (XXX)
XXX-XXXX.Thank you.
Verena, I believe Wilbur “Billy” McKay would be Arla Linford’s uncle, brother to her mother Alice. I believe Arla’s mother was Alice McKay Klang, Daughter of George and Minnie McKay. That is how I interpret what is written about their family in the Dunseith book.
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,Thanks Lloyd for the information on Clint Anderson’s cream station. It
was just a wild guess on my part that the bigger building beside it
might have been the dance hall that burned on New Years Eve. I thought
Glen Shelver told me it was in the early 30s and you have it as ’31 so
it fits together well. More correct history from those who remember!
Glen said they were warming up the hall for the New Years Eve dance and
the stove must have started the fire. I can only assume the cream
station burned along with the hall, as they appear nearly connected. Is
this correct or was it torn down later? Thanks Lloyd!To Erling Landsverk– Yesterday Gary Metcalfe mentioned that Harold
Larson is Harry’s son. Gary said Harold has two daughters in the Twin
Cities. I think he had three daughters. Harold Larson also has a
daughter named Jeannie who is married to Dave Schneibel and lives at
Rugby. We were friends with Dan Schneibel who taught in Bottineau. He is
Dave’s brother and this is how I know about the connection. Jeannie’s
phone number is 701-776-5066.

Gary Morgan’s story about his dad and Rene Bedard and hunting ducks
sure brings back the memories. I used to use my grandpa’s old 1887
Winchester lever action 12 gauge shotgun when I was 11 or 12 and had
some real lessons to learn. That big old shotgun was ‘shot out’ and had
a pattern that could cover the barn door at 10 paces! The only prayer I
had was to sneak up close and then blast a few on the water. One day in
the fall it was real cold and I walked out to the point by Axel’s old
house to see if I could get a couple ducks. I crawled up to the edge of
the rise above the lake and peeked over the grass to see the lake shore.
There were a bunch of ducks sitting on the rocks and a few just barely
into the water. I jumped up and ‘ground balled’ a couple with the first
shot and then set the shotgun stock on my belt buckle so I could run the
lever and get another shell in the barrel of the old beast. It was cold
and I had grabbed a pair of Grandpa’s old ragged work gloves before I
left the house. Well, when I closed the lever the big ragged glove
caught the trigger, giving me the entire recoil right in the belly! When
I woke up—– there were two dead ducks floating in the water and the
rest were probably half way to town! I still have the old shotgun and
later found out that it was designed for black powder and should never
be loaded with modern ammo. I shot any and every kind of ammo I could
find in that old gun and never had a problem of any kind.A few years
later and with newer guns, John Bogus and I decided that we should both
learn how to shoot ducks on the fly. One evening we shot almost two
boxes (50 shells) at bluebills flying overhead—and never touched a
duck! I remember John saying, with a big grin, “We better not tell
anyone about this.” I never shot trap or skeet in my life until just a
couple years ago. My son is one of the best in the Fargo area where his
team won a big trap shoot at Horace (Fargo Gun Club). He came up to St.
John a couple years ago and shot trap for a fund raiser for the FFA.
When it was over, some of the bystanders, me included, took a crack at
it. With his coaching, I got 16 out of 25 on my first go around. He
asked, “Why are you waiting so long before you shoot? The clays are only
3 feet off the ground when you fire!” I told him, ” They are going
slower when they get way out there and I have a bigger pattern.” He
about died laughing! My old hunting habits must have worked in reverse
when I had a good shotgun. He nailed the targets within a few yards of
the launch so my technique was hilarious to him! Oh well, I did get 16!
Thanks Gary!


From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Hello everyone, There seems to be some confusion on Harold and Harry Larson. Harold was Harry’s baby brother.To Larry Hackman: Within the next few weeks we intend to go up to New Haven, Gerald and Hermann, Missouri. I thought some of your relatives were from Hermann, but I am not sure. With the Dietrick’s and Hackman’s and the church location, we should be able to find some relatives, after all your grandfather Hackman had lots of brothers and sisters that may have stayed in that area. We love Missouri with it’s 6,000 caves and clear water rivers and streams, so we camp often and look for out of the way adventures. Looking up some of your family will give us a reason to go that way. If you have any information about any of them, please let us know.

Gary Metcalfe

Previously post with message 171 on 7/25/08
Irene Pigion’s Obituary provided by Vickie Metcalfe (70):
Gary, I copied the following for your information;
Irene Pigeon is dear Lise’ ( Rousseau) (DHS Class of 64) Metcalfe’s mom. Vickie
Lise/Larry Rousseau-Metcalfe
Fargo, ND 58104
No email address

Irene Pigeon, 88, of Fargo, died July 22, 2008, at Elim Care Center in Fargo, ND.The daughter of Jeffrey and Marie Pronovost, Irene was born December 19, 1919, at Lac a la Tortue, Quebec, Canada where she grew up and attended school.On July 8, 1944, she married Roland Coutou at Grandmere, Quebec, Canada. He died June 8, 1946, of a work-related accident.

She remained in Canada until 1950 at which time she married Joe Rousseau on November 25, and they moved to North Dakota where Joe farmed. In 1956 they moved to Dunseith where she worked at San Haven Sanitarum for fifteen years. Joe died November 12, 1969.

Irene then married Romulus Pigeon on June 15, 1972. They lived in Dunseith until his death in 1979. She then moved to Carrinton, ND.

In 2003 she entered Elim Care Center where she remained until her death.

She is survived by: her daughter, Lise Metcalfe (Larry) Fargo, ND; grandsons, Brian (Kiki) Columbia, CA, and Christopher (Kristina) Fargo, ND; brother, Clement Pronovost, and sister, Liette Boulet (Aime) both of Montreal, Canada.

Memorial service: Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, ND

With all the questions about the latest storm that hit the PI, I thought I’d include this map that Bill Grimme provided several years ago. We are located in Cebu, where the red star is on this map. We are 380 miles south, southeast of Manila. We are located about 500 miles north of the equator. The latest storm that came though causing all the flooding was in the Manila area.Gary

03/15/2017 (2502)

Reply from Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ.


I am overwhelmed at the post I received today.  I had no idea that FaceBook included so many of my relatives and friends.  All of the comments made me feel grateful for the kindnesses and friendly greetings.  Since I am not a Face Book user all  those comments were a stunning surprise. I thank you, and my relatives and Air Force pals, and North Dakota friends for “making my day”.  I am blessed with good fortune and grateful to all who gave me this gift of friendship and love.

Bill Hosmer

Gary’s comment

Bill, I posted your reply on Facebook so all your friends that are not on our email distribution will see this posting.

Bill, we too are blessed with good fortune and grateful to have you among our midst too.

PS – Bill, I will also copy all the names of all those that put likes to that posting too and send them to you. Gary


Cebu City, Philippines

Bernadette and I having dinner at the Maya Mexican Restaurant. We started out with a bowl of chips with Cream and Salsa dips followed with our Enchilada dinners. Of course we had takeout’s.  Their portions are big.

Bernadette is actually doing much better with her sickness, but her shoulder and arm from her fall are bothering her. She was only up 8 times last night from 11PM to 7AM. Kind of makes for a long night. The problem is she sleeps a lot of the day and is restless at nights. If this continues I may have to bring in some extra help. Hopefully things will smooth out shortly. Several nights ago she was up 11 times, so it’s getting better.
Stokes 2502


Blog (562) posted on September 28, 2009

Five Samski family members will be visiting the Dunseith area. It’s been decades since they were in the area.
Rod Samski’s (65) Reply to a Personal message from Gary.
A special Hello to you Gary, it’s always good to hear from you. I have been following the daily Dunseith news. Some of the news is good and some not so good. The last time I talked to you I had decided not to attend the reunion because I really did want to remember all the wonderful memory’s the way I remembered them.

When my dad Gene said he wanted to go back there and see the land and the people, he’s 90 and still drives and lives independent, gets around like a 60 year old. I thought lets make some new memories. Now there will be 3 sisters Carol and Marlys who were born there and Karen who was born in Lodi Calif. We will be having a reunion with the Eurich’s,Jean,Sharon,Dorthy,Eileen and Floyd Pritchard who was a great childhood friend. There are so many wonderful people we hope to see. One of our disappointments we will not be seeing Dwight Lang who no longer stays in Lake Metigoshe it has been good talking by phone with Dwight. We also will be looking at the old Stokes farm, Boguslawski, Hill’s, Houles, Johnson,the list goes on.
If you think our trip is worth putting in the blog it is fine with me, who knows we might here from others while back there.
Rod, your trip is most certainly worth putting on the blog. If you have a cell phone, I can post that number too so folks can get in touch with you guys while you are in the area. I’m sure LeaRae Espe Parrill will know how to get in touch with you guys too when you are in ND. Gary
Condolences to the Clara Larson Family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea
My sincere condolences to Clara Larson’s family on her passing. I worked for Clara for 2-3 summers during my high school years at the International Music Camp kitchen, washing dishes, etc. It was hard work but she treated us well. You are in my prayers. Lynn Halvorson Otto
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND.
The picture of the Anderson’s cream station ( he was my uncle ) was located north of the Dakota hotel where Flynn’s gas station was the big building attached is the city hall which burned down on new years eve 1931. Just south of the cream station later years the cabins of the hotel were built . The cabin facing the street was the border station there was no station at the peace garden at this time. The cream that was bought was put in 10 gal cream cans and shipped to larger creameries by rail. charley Wright had a cream station where Maries beauty shop is . These creameries bought cream for other big creameries. Lloyd Awalt.
From Gary Morgan (54): GARRISON, ND
Gary & All,
The waterfowl season opened in North Dakota this weekend which reminds me of one of my dad’s favorite stories: It seems Rene Bedard asked my dad if he wanted to go duck hunting with him. My dad declined, saying that he didn’t particularly like the taste of duck, he hated cleaning them and most of all he never had any luck shooting ducks. He had never gained the knack for leading them. Either he led them too far or not enough. To which Rene responded, “Hmph, it just depends on how fast they’re swimming!Thank you, Gary. You give a lot of people something to look forward to every day.

Gary Morgan

From Blanche Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND
I was watching CNN tonight and they mentioned about flooding conditions in the Philippines. I don’t know just what area of the country you are in (have not taken out the atlas to check) But I was thinking about you and your wife.
Eileen sent the information on the Wicks “boys” who are buried at Little Prairie cemetery and also information on my father’s family. I have her e-mail from the information she sent, but I would like her address. I would like to talk to her and thank her.
Again, thank you for your daily informative e-mails…I, like some who have already said this, read your items first when checking e-mails. It is so interesting to learn how the products of small towns have gone all over the world and yet they have that tie to their home town area. My husband was like that. He lived in Aneta, ND. He was drafted in WWII and did not return to Aneta, but when he was asked where he was from the answer was “Aneta” and not the town where he was residing. He lived in Grand Forks from 1956 until his death in 2002. I guess with all of us the ties to home areas are so strong..
Have a great day, Gary, and again thanks for the work that you have untaken to keep everyone informed on activities, past and present. It makes for an interesting morning ritual.
Blanche Wicks Schley
Blanche, the storm that caused some flooding you are referring to was up in the Manila area. They get hammered frequently with heavy rains and storms that pass through the Philippines. Cebu, where we live, is kind of in the Banana belt of the PI as far as weather conditions are concerned. The brunt of most storms pass to the north of us. We seldom get the high winds with the storms, but on occasion we’ll get some of the rain. Manila’s average monthly rain fall in the rainy months is nearly 16″ compared to ours at 6″. Our lean months are 3″ compared to Manila’s with almost 0″. Most all rains in the PI are hard and fast lasting less than an hour.
Question from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
Is Harry Larson the Harold Larson that taught for a number of years at Russell School?
Allen Richard
Reposted from yesterday’s message:

From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Reply to Erling Landsverk
I think there were 11 kids in that Larson family. The only ones I knew were Swede, who was married to Clara Hagen and Harold. Everyone knew Harold from Dunseith Baseball Days. Harold was a good baseball player and vocal as well. He and his wife taught at Russell School for many years. My grandmother, Randina Evans, babysat for their three children.
My mother knew Harry Larson. Harry married Ernest Tennancour’s daughter, Esther. They had two children George and Janice. They moved to Montana where Harry taught, then he went to work for an oil company until he retired. Then moved to Yakima, Wa. His son George is a teacher in Pa., Janice a teacher in Spokane.
I might add, Harold Larson gave up teaching to sell insurance. Harold has two daughters living in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We knew Harold from Metigoshe Ministries Church.
I have been meaning to ask why we have not heard about a famous Landsverk…..Halvor, a poet and reporter.
for Willow Lake Community
Gary Metcalfe
Gary Metcalfe, I am amazed at how well you remember people. You are right on with what I found out about Harry & Esther Larson pasted below. I think the death records I found for them are correct, but I’m not sure. I’m pretty positive that the other info I found for them is correct. Harry and Esther would be 100 & 93 years old if they were still living today. There are a thousand George Larson’s out there and I don’t have a married name for Jancie, so I didn’t not try and locate either one of them. I’ll leave that up to Sharron Gottbreht Shen and some of the others that are able to trace families to narrow the selections down for us to start making phone calls. Gary
Harry H LarsonView Details 100 Spokane, WA
Yakima, WA
Esther Larson
Esther LarsonView Details 93 Spokane, WA
Yakima, WA
Harry H Larson
Esther LARSON Birth Date: 29 Oct 1915 Death Date: 15 Jan 1991 Social Security Number: 516-40-4813 State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Montana Death Residence Localities ZIP Code: 99208 Localities: Spokane, Spokane, Washington
Name: Harry Larson
Birth Date: 27 March 1909
Death Date: June 1986
Residence at Death: Yakima,Yakima,Washington 98902
SSN: 720-18-0516

03/13/2017 (2501)

Dunseith Appreciation letter
From Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ.
Hosmer, Bill


I also posted this letter of Bill’s on Face Book. There were 11 shares and many nice comments of that posting. I have pasted the comments below.

Thanks Bill for this nice letter and your appreciation. We truly appreciate you too. You are such a humble guy with all of your accomplishments. We will always remember you.


Bill Hosmer’s letter


I haven’t been very active in telling you how much your posts mean to me.  All the images, words, and thoughts come to me with a great sense of the value system I was taught as a youngster growing up in Dunseith.  I don’t get back to my home very much, but when I do I look around at all the places people I knew lived in. There were so many folks that encouraged me to be a “good boy” instead of a “jerk”‘.

I remember the Fassets, the Evans, the Johnsons, the Sunderlands, the Leonards, and all the others who gifted me with their attention and friendship.

All the years I was in the Air Force, I remembered those who gave me friendship and encouragement to do what I wanted to do. Now that I am 86 years old, I still recall the fun days of being a Dunseith guy, and recalling all the people in that town who encouraged me to do what I finally did.

I believe that I am the luckiest guy to have had the encouragement, friendship, and love of a community that gave me my start when I was young, and still gives me those gifts as I find myself in the senior citizen arena.

God Bless Dunseith, North Dakota for those who made it what it was and what it is.

Bill Hosmer

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Blog (561) posted on September 27, 2009

Posted on September 27, 2009

From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Reply to Erling Landsverk

I think there were 11 kids in that Larson family. The only ones I knew were Swede, who was married to Clara Hagen and Harold. Everyone knew Harold from Dunseith Baseball Days. Harold was a good baseball player and vocal as well. He and his wife taught at Russell School for many years. My grandmother, Randina Evans, babysat for their three children.

My mother knew Harry Larson. Harry married Ernest Tennancour’s daughter, Esther. They had two children George and Janice. They moved to Montana where Harry taught, then he went to work for an oil company until he retired. Then moved to Yakima, Wa. His son George is a teacher in Pa., Janice a teacher in Spokane.

I might add, Harold Larson gave up teaching to sell insurance. Harold has two daughters living in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We knew Harold from Metigoshe Ministries Church.

I have been meaning to ask why we have not heard about a famous Landsverk…..Halvor, a poet and reporter.

for Willow Lake Community

Gary Metcalfe

Gary, You have sure been a great help with all this added info for Sharron Gottbreht and maybe others that have been trying to locate Harry Larson or his family members.

Clara Hagen Larson (38) recently passed away. I have posted her Obituary below. She is from the Ackworth community. This one slipped through the cracks and I missed publishing it. Gary

Clara Hagen Larson’s (38) Obituary:

OVERLY Clara Larson, 89, Bottineau, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, in a Bottineau nursing home.

She was born Jan. 4, 1920, to John and Agnes Hagen north of Bottineau. She married Clarence Larson in 1938 at Rolla.

Survivors: daughters, Peggy Culhane, Columbia, Mo., Barbara Evanger, Mandan; son, Ronald, Overly; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ina Anderson, Mondovi, Wis., Florence Marten, Modena, Wis.; brothers, Raymond, Kennewick, Wash., Oscar, LaCrosse, Wis.

Funeral: Tuesday, 10 a.m., Willow Creek Church, Overly.

Burial: Willow Creek Cemetery, rural Overly.

Prayer service: Monday, 7 p.m., Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.

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

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

Hi Gary,

There should be plenty of time to pack suitcases later today so I give you my first minutes. Many of your readers will find the 1938 list of teachers for Rolette County of interest. My cousin Mildred Gottbreht Solomon taught summers in the rural schools near St John at this time – she married in ’39.

The picture of Ernest Boucher, Ronnald Tennancour, George Gottbreht and Sharron Shen was taken at Bob’s Cafe near the Missouri River front Sept 23. We then adjourned to Uncle’s apartment to enjoy a very delicious birthday cake. George was on the road to pick up Ronnie in Bottineau when he remembered CAKE! He called Wayne Barbot who arranged a beautiful cake with a baker he knew in Williston. It was all ready when Geo and Ron arrived – George keeps the controls at 2mph over speed limit, always!

Uncle regaled us with several stories that evening. This is one I should tell before I loose it. North Dakota voted Dry when she entered the Union. Back in the early 30’s when Ernie delivered beer in East Grand Forks, it was always draft beer sold in kegs. The only bottled beer sold was to the bootleggers. Special boxes were built to fit under the car seats which held one layer of large bottles side by side. No one local in the industry thought bottled beer and cash and carry sales would be a success. But when prohibition and state law changed a Jewish gentleman opened a market in GF selling bottled beer take away. His huge success made the local retailers take notice and the rest is history.

Uncle certainly enjoyed the visit. He teased Ronnie about the “strong” language he probably had learnt in the plumbing business and poked a bit of fun at the Mayor of Dunseith. Every niece and nephew was recalled and inquired about. Amazing man. Must run but wish to bring this visit to everyone at least one more time.


Ernest Boucher’s 99th Birthday With George Gottbreht

Note: Ernest Boucher was a brother to Yvette Boucher Brunsell and Alma Boucher Gottbreht.

Yvette was Ronald Tennacour’s mother and Alma was Sharron and George’s mother. Gary

Ernest Boucher, Sharron Gottbreht Shen, George Gottbreht & Ronnald Tennancour

1938 list of Rolette county teachers. Harry Larson, the teacher that

Erling Landsverk is asking about, is listed in this list.

(3/10/2017 (2500)


Please note that this is Blog number 2,500. There are lots of stories and history in all these blogs. They are all posted on our Website too.


With the search engine capabilities of this site, you can easily search and find whatever you are looking for too.



Reply from Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

I am glad to hear Bernadette is on the mend.

Marlys Hiatt

Gary’s reply
Thanks Marlys. Bernadette is better this morning too.


8th generation
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith,

As a kid, I always wished I had some  kind of talent.

Alas! I  just had to be content view and appreciate artistic talents of others.

I  check out  State of Washington news frequently.

This a.m. reading  KING 5 TV  news out of Seattle I just viewed an article/video at Pike Place Market.

I have fond memories of  going to Pike Pace Market with nieces,nephews, cousins, and  aunts Leona and Jean.

There were always fascinating things to see from flying fish, fresh vegetables, flowers ,shells, and quirky shops.

Now there is  shop called 8th generation featuring beautiful Native American art.

Over the years, I collected a few small ‘treasures’ of beadwork and baskets

Perhaps readers might know of someone interested in Pike Place or Native American art.



Thank You Gary.

Until later, Vickie


Blog (560) posted on September 26, 2009

Posted on September 26, 2009

From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND.


My mother received a letter from Carol Samski, daughter of Gene and Marion Samski. Carol and Gene will be in the Dunseith area for a nine day visit endingOctober 9th. They lived on the farm next to us in the foothills where Bonner & Carol Law, Jim & Marty Wheeler, Garret and Debbie Myer, & Charlene Woods later lived. They had five children when they moved to Lodi, California in Jan or Feb 1957-Douglas, Rodney, Diane, Carol and Maryls. Diane was in my grade and one of the 37 first graders mom had her first year of teaching in town 1955-56. Diane and I were best of friends. Mom and dad became good friends with the Samski’s even though we only lived neighbors for two years before they moved. Diane and I were pen pals for years. Our parents exchanged Christmas letters most every year since. Marion ended up with some type of dementia and passed away December 2007. The Samski’s had two or three more daughters after they moved.

I am thinking Rod or Douglas contributed to this blog quite awhile back.

Anyway, I just wanted to let people know that Gene is planning this visit. I called Carol last night to get more details, but could only leave a message. She lives in Hawaii and I believe it is five hours behind Central. I called at 10:30 PM our time.

Samski Rod 1013 GOLDENOAK WAY STOCKTON, CA 95209 (209) 478-8085 Rod8085@yahoo.com 65
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From LeaRae

PARRILL BARN- More questions than answers

The picture Dick Johnson posted of the Parrill barn is a mystery to me. Dad told me that our Grandfather owned land in the Turtle Mt. that was sold to put a down payment on the land that his step father , Joe Cox, bought in the Red River Valley near Mountain (Cavalier), ND. This land was sold some time in the 1930s. Our grandfather, Cecil Day Parrill, came from Illinois and taught school (in Russell township ?) and then was Supt of Dunseith Public School at the time of his death in December 1918. He was a victim of the Flu Epidemic of 1918. My uncle Thurman was one year old and my dad (Dean Parrill) was born four months after his death. Cecil married Laura Melhus at John’s(?) Lutheran. This church later merged with Little Prairie.

I am wondering if this barn was North of Dunseith or North of Bottineau. I was always under the impression the land was North of Bottineau but it would actually make more sense that it was N of Dunseith, except I thought dad said it was over by Bottineau.

We have family history stating that the Parrills came to America from Scotland between 1660-1690. Hugh Parrill (9 generations back from me) settled in Virginia and was a neighbor of George Washington. (Some legal papers of Washington mention dealings with the Parrills).

Parrills fought on both sides in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. During the Civil War, some moved to West Virginia as they were against slavery and some stayed on the Virginia side as they were in favor of slavery. Three or four Parrills married Calverts, relations of Lord Baltimore (so it is written). Anne Calvert married Hugh Parrill. Later, some Parrills moved to Ohio and Illinois. Our grandfather came alone to ND to teach school after graduating (?)from Valparaiso University in Illinois. Dad attended a Parrill reunion in Illinois when he was about 20. We had Christmas cards from his uncle and cousins in Farina, ill, but otherwise we kids have never met any of our Parrill relatives. My brother Clark had a letter and emails from Michael Parrill of West Virginia. If anyone on the blog knows any Parrills, they are probably related. Some spellings are slightly different, but could still be related. (Actually, I think my cousin Myron met a Parrill in Grand Forks-think he worked at Menards. This was probably 20 years ago.)

Dick Johnson’s reply:


I may have misread the writing on the old picture of the barn. It’s
very poorly written and may not be ‘Parels’ at all. We think it could be
‘Pauls’, which could then be my great grandfather Paul Strietzel’s barn
and would make more sense. I don’t remember this barn but it could have
been long gone before I was around. I’m old, but not that old! Sorry if
this caused any confusion, it looks like my mistake. If you write the
name ‘Paul’ and stretch out the U, it looks like an R and an E. Of
course it doesn’t with a typewriter. They obviously didn’t have Anna
Foss for English!!


Reply to Erling Lansverks question about finding an old teacher

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

Good morning Gary,

There must be over 250 listings on Footnote for the family name Larson in the Turtle Mt Star. I have read about 40 items so far and found Harry Larson listed as school staff for the year 1938 at Dunseith No I. A Mrs. Harry Larson was hostess to the teachers’ sewing club mid April 1939. Victor and I leave for a week with Ivan and Nora in New Jersey this Sunday. I may have several idle hours to explore Larson entries then.

George mentioned the passing of Greg Grimme to me at our visit in Fort Benton, MT. This birthday event quite by chance coincided with the funeral services of Greg. Marc Gottbreht and George were shocked and saddened by the loss of Greg and offer their condolences.


Reply to Dick Johnson (68) form Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Thanks Dick! I never heard the description of the house. Beckie will appreciate the article, for she also gets these blogs everyday. I don’t ever remember Uncle Raymond (Red) being called “Hobo” Red; even though it truly describes him very well. The stories that old man use tell were very entertaining. Like the one, about him and others being chased out of Mexico; or the one about him and others being called “soldiers of misfortune” instead of the usual “soldiers of fortune”. Thanks again, Dick. Sybil Johnson

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

Gary and Friends,

Someone sent in a picture of Clint Anderson’s Cream Station quite a
while back. I have looked at that picture several times and can’t place
the building or the large building beside it. I was wondering if Lloyd
Awalt or one of our other contributors could tell me where it was
located? I remember hearing that a big hall burned down on the north end
of Main street on New Year’s Eve—OK Lloyd,(or whomever) what year?
Someone stated that Minnie and George Alvin took over the cream
business, but this isn’t the building they were in. At least not the one
I remember, across from Lamoureux Bros. Garage. There were many fires in
the old days and several businesses were lost so I wondered if this
could have been the fate of Clint Anderson’s cream station. Does anyone
know? I suppose many of the younger readers don’t know the difference
between a cream station and a creamery. A cream station bought cream
from the farmers and then sent it to a creamery for processing into all
the dairy products. They had to ‘test’ the cream for butter fat content
and the producer was paid accordingly. The picture below is the one of
Clint Anderson’s Cream Station sent in earlier. Thanks Gary!

Lutheran Picture L to R:

Back row
Clarence Bye, Clarence Christianson , Coonie McKay, Erling Berg, Stan Salmonson, Cliff
Salmonson, Art Henning, Ingolf Medlang

3rd row
Joan Salmonson, Alvina Christianson, Helen Bye, Agnes Salmonson, Ella Metcalfe, Dorothy

2nd row
Gladys Henning, Hannah Rude, Delores Berg , Bernice Johnson, Caroleen Williams,
Alma Halvorson, Alice McKay

Front row
Don Johnson, Art Rude, Cliff Halvorson, Lawrence Struck, Lester Halvorson,
Jim Metcalfe, Don Williams

03/08/2017 (2499)


I don’t have any postings today so I will just continue with the posting of the older postings.

The pain in Bernadette’s shoulder from the Fractures is better. She is not complaining as much and is taking less pain medicine. She is scheduled for another x-ray on the 28th of this month. Then Therapy.


Cebu City, Philippines


Blog (559) posted on September 24, 2009

Posted on September 25, 2009

Thank you from Bill Grimme (65):

First of all, I thank you all for the condolences you sent by email and in the blog. I hope I responded to everyone. If not, know that I appreciate all the kind words, thoughts, and prayers.

I feel it is necessary to file a small report on Greg’s funeral to this audience, because it feels to me that all were there in spirit.

The funeral was very well attended, I thought. It was wonderful to see friends of the Grimme family there. Pastor John Hesford delivered a fitting memorial – it almost seemed that he had known Greg all his life. Pastor Hesford has a true talent and he is a comforting presence.

And then there was the music. Joan Richards was great as the piano accompanist. She opened and closed the service with “Amazing Grace” and “Morning Has Broken”. Well done and thank you, Joan. Dick Johnson, Brenda Johnson, and Ron Hett did two pieces “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. I know I have never before experienced such fine talent a funeral service. And, I was not alone in my evaluation. EVERYONE I talked to after the service volunteered that it was the finest music selection and presentation that they had ever heard. Thank you, Joan, Dick, Brenda, and Ron.

We can be proud of our family in Dunseith and the area. They don’t forget their own and they welcome them home with conviction.

Thank you, everyone.

Bill Grimme

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

Howdy Gary,

In response to your query in #564 of Jerome Allard. His mother was one of the 5 Cote sisters and he is double cousins with Carol, Mary and Larry.

Mel Kuhn [70]

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

Gary and Friends,

Sybil Johnson’s request about pictures of Axel and Bernice’s homes is
a tough one. The lived on a peninsula on Horseshoe Lake, out past our
barn. I have a picture of part of the house. The main part of the house
was actually a tar paper shack and to the east was a log addition that
was probably bedrooms. This place was abandoned in 1933 when Hans and
Cynthia Johnson moved to Towner, ND. Axel and his family moved into
their house and stayed there for several years. When Hans and Cynthia
moved back to the farm in 1942, I think Axel moved his family to
Dunseith to the house you remember. The house they first lived in on the
peninsula was falling down by the 1950s and in the 70s I pushed the
remnants into a pile and burned it and cleaned up the spot. I have never
seen a picture of the tar paper shack part. I do remember it well though
and can still remember going inside many times and looking at the stuff
that was still there. There was flowered wallpaper in the kitchen part
and the log walls were whitewashed. The roof was shot and the inside was
damp and moldy from rain running in. It’s rather interesting that we
have no pictures of the main part of the house. They took pictures of
everything else. To the east of the log addition was a small log cabin
that Red ‘Hobo’ Kelly stayed in. I played in that one too until the roof
collapsed in the early 60s. This cabin survived longer than the house
probably because it wasn’t quite as old. Anyway, I will attach a picture
of the cabin and part of the house and then a picture of Hans’s house
where Axel lived for 9 years or so. Thanks Gary!


News paper articles posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Tim Greb is married to Trish Pladson, Daughter of Floyd & Patricia Pladson. Floyd’s parents were Eldon & Ella Pladson. The Pladson family lived right below the Ackworth Cemetery. Floyd’s brother Dan now owns the land and has a house directly behind the Cemetery. Gary

Reply from Ron Longie (65) when I asked him if he was ralated to Cote and his dad Dan. Gary


Dan is my Uncle Verlin and Aunt Stella’s son I believe he lives in Bottineau.


03/03/2017 (2498)

Fauske Memories
From Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

Last  week  Elwood Fauske  was  on  my  mind  off  and  on  all  week.  I  beleive  it  was  Sat. or  Sunday  that  I  tried  calling  my  sister  Mary  Ann  to  ask  her  if  she  had  visited  the  Fauske’s lately…..there  was  no  answer, so  I  left her  a message  that I would get  back with her  later.  On Monday and  Wednesday  I  got  a  text  from  my two  other  sisters  Kathy  and  Yvonne  telling  me  of  Elwoods  passing. The  past  couple  days  have  been  a  time  of  reflection  of  all  the  ways  the  Fauske  family impacted  my  life. The  first  thing  that  stands  out  is  how  consistently  Elwood and  Eleanor  raised  their  kids, teaching  them   the importance of  the  salvation message, and  accepting  Christ  as  our  Savior. When Mary Ann and  I  would  stay the nite for  a sleep over  at  their  house, everything about their  home impressed on me that  I  was  in  a Christ  centered  home.I will  forever  remember  the  Jim Reeves  gospel records playing on  the  stereo when  we were getting  ready  for  school  in  the  mornings, or  the  song  “Snowflake” That  has, and  will  stick with me  forever. I know  when  Elwood  stood  before  Christ  on  Sunday, that  Jesus  said”Job  well  done, my  good  and  faithful  servant  Elwood”. To  Mrs. Fauske  and  her family  know  that  my  thoughts  and  prayers  will  be  with  you  all  on  Friday  as  you  say  your  final  goodbyes  to  a great  husband, father, grandpa father-in-law and  great-grandpa. So  Elwood  thank  you  for  your kindness  friendship, and  Godly example  for  all of  us  to  strive for. ……  and  as  the  song  goes. “Go  Rest  High Upon  That  Mountain, Elwood  your  work  on  Earth  is  done. Love, and  Prayers to  a Special  Family,   Aggie


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

My condolences to the Fauske family, what a wonderful family!  I remember going to their home for 4-H meetings!  God bless you all!

Lynn Halvorson Otto


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


I know Bernadette is really hurting

I hope she will be resting comfortably..

Best Wishes for  Bernadette’s quick healing  and recovery. V

Take care.

Gary’s Reply
Thanks Vickie, Bernadette has been in quite a lot of pain with her shoulder fractures. This morning she’s not complaining so it’s getting better. There was no surgery required. She is wearing an arm sling. Her speech is very hard to understand this morning, so she may be going into another spell. The past several days she has been going to the bath room every hour, day and night. Not sure if she really has to go, but goes to get her attention off of the pain. It makes for some long nights. Her sister from Japan will be leaving Sunday morning. She has been here for two weeks. Her two half-sisters, living here, will be visiting tomorrow. Bernadette is at the point where at her best, she will spend 15 to 30 minutes on the porch chatting with folks and then goes back in the house to rest lying on the couch. She spends 21 plus hours each day lying down. Most of the time she has her eyes closed, but she is not sleeping. She used to watch a lot of TV, but lately she has not been interested in watching any Television. She pages me many time per day. Somebody is with her every hour of every day. I have asked our help to coordinate their time and jobs so Bernadette is never left alone. They are on duty from 7 AM to10 PM. There are 3 of them with overlapping shifts.


Leland Hagen (Orvins’s Brother) passed away

Leland Gary Hagen

Leland Gary Hagen, 84, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Generations Health Care Facility in Bryan. A Memorial Service honoring his life will be at 11 am on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the funeral home. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers-Bryan/College Station. Inurnment will be at later date in Austin, Texas.

Leland was born April 28, 1932, in Dunseith, North Dakota. He joined the Air Force in 1951 at 18 years of age. He received basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. While stationed at Bryan Air Force Base he met and married the love of his life, Betty Jo Kellett, in 1953. Their first son, David Wayne, was born in January 1955 and their second son, Bruce Alan, was born in August 1959.

Over his twenty-two year Air Force career Leland volunteered as a Scout leader and basketball coach. He was active in the Masonic Lodge in Big Springs and Anchorage, Alaska and was a 32nd Mason. Leland’s Air Force tours included duty in Texas, Alaska, Utah, Florida, and France. Following retirement in 1972, Leland an Betty Jo moved to Austin where he finished his education and worked in Civil Service at Bergstrom AFB in the account and finance office for twelve years. In 1984, they moved to Ramstein, Germany where Leland worked in accounting and finance at the Laundstuhl Hospital and Betty worked in Civil Service. After a year, they moved to Fairford, England for three years where Betty accepted a position as Housing Officer for the Fairford Royal Air Force. Leland worked as a Test Examiner at the Air Force Base.

After six years oversees they returned to Austin, Texas to meet their new granddaughter, Allison Amy who was born in 1990. After two years at Bergstrom AFB, they moved to Washington D.C. for a year where Betty served in the Pentagon as Housing Management Specialist in Civil Engineering. After his second retirement, Leland volunteered for the next twelve years at the Pharmacy and Eye Clinic at the Veteran’s Clinic. In 2006, they relocated to Bryan to be near other friends and family members where Betty Jo grew up.

Leland is survived by his wife, Betty Jo of sixty-three years; son Bruce and wife Penny; his one and only granddaughter Allison Amy, whom he loved; one sister Joyce Evans of Dunseith, ND; a brother Thomas and wife Dot, of Arizona; and other family and close friends.

Leland is preceded in death by his son David Wayne in 1977; his parents Thomas and Agnes (Melhus) Hagen; his brothers Alfred, Lawrence, and Orvin; his sisters Helen Nelson, Lorraine Hogue; and Thelma Johnson.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan Texas 77803

Gary’s Comments
I was saddened to hear of Leland’s passing. I didn’t know Leland in my growing days, but learned to know him when I’d see him and Betty in the Bottineau/Dunseith areas with our many trips back to area over the years. Over the years they spent lots of summer months with extended stays in the area.

Leland was a friendly guy. Very likeable and easy to know. He was a man of integrity and honor. He was a true gentleman. Of course with Orvin, we had a lot in common and lots of conversation.

We extend our condolences to Betty and his family with his passing. Leland will be missed. I will miss his frequent chat messages too.


Lola Metcalfe Vanorny’s pictures

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

Hi Gary,

I stopped by the Spectrum  with 3 more of Lola’s photos.

Karen Larson again has been so  kind  to e-mail them on.

Karen at the Spectrum continues to do a lot for the area local people.

Thank You.


  1. The photo with 4 people standing together.

    On the back, Ella wrote, Ole  on furlough leaving for Italy (1944).Metcalfe, Ella 2498-1

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  1. Photo of two people standing (1959

I believe it was at the  front yard of Jim and Ella Metcalfe
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Robert Lloyd Aamodt Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.



Blog (558) posted on September 23, 2009


Posted on September 23, 2009


Dianne, daughter of Jean (Metcalfe) Maki; Geri; Ken, son of Leona (Metcalfe) Oswell and brother, Gary Metcalfe.

Note: Arlene Allard is a sister to Jerome whose picture was posted yesterday. Arlene and Neola were Bottineau HS class (1957) mates.

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

This is Arlene’s name tags I made for one of our reunions. Arlene didn’t attend the reunion, but I wanted to scan/save one of the name tags. Arlene’s happened to be the one I saved.


Provided byNeola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Thank you Neola for scanning this for us. I’m assuming the Turtle Mountain Star, The Turtle Mountain Times and the Metigoshe Mirror have or will publish this as well? Gary

03/01/2017 (2497)

Good day folks,

I didn’t get a blog posted this past Wednesday, sorry about that.

I’m a bit strapped for time this morning here in the Philippines too, so Elwood’s passing is the only thing I will be posting with today’s blog. His funeral is Friday, so I need to get this out today.

Several days ago Bernadette fell and injured and fractured her left arm and shoulder. This is the X-ray reading.


 From what I read on line, I don’t think she will require surgery. Only a sling. We will find out this morning though when we take her to the Hospital orthopedic clinic.


Elwood A. Fauske
August 21, 1920 – February 26, 2017

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Elwood Albert Fauske, age 96 of Bottineau, died Sunday, February 26, 2017 in a Bottineau health care center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Grace Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Burial will  be in the Ackworth Cemetery of rural Dunseith.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, beginning at 1:00 P.M. with a  private family service at 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.

Elwood Albert Fauske, a son of John and Anna (Ludvigson) Fauske, was born on August 21, 1920 at Rock Lake, ND. At a young age he moved with his family to St. John, ND. On October 31, 1942 he was married to Eleanore Hiatt at Bottineau. After their marriage they moved to Thompson, ND. In 1946 they moved to Dunseith where Elwood began farming. He also worked for the Rolette Count Soil Conservation as a heavy equipment operator. In 2001 he retired from farming and they moved to Bottineau. they have resided there since.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Bottineau. Elwood enjoyed hunting, playing cards and making homemade ice cream.

He is survived by daughters, Connie (Bob) Monte, Fr. Myers, FL, Carrole (LaVern) Rude Vancouver, WA, Beth (Al) Duncan of Yorkville IL and Arlinda (Tom) VanEynde of Yorkville IL; sons, Russell (Glenda) Fauske of Bottineau and Brian (Deb) Fauske of Minot; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Lydia LaCroix-Beck of Gilbert, MN and Ruth Clark of Valley City, ND.

Elwood was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, David; a sister, Naomi and a son, Steven.


Funeral Service

Friday, March 03, 2017
10:00 AM

Grace Lutheran Church

Bottineau, ND 58318

Gary’s Comments
I was so saddened to hear of Elwood’s passing. I mean really shocked. When I saw and visited with Elwood, numerous times, in July 2015 his physical health seemed to be very good. I’m so glad I had those many visits with him the month I was there in 2015. He remembered days gone by pretty well, so that is what we chatted about.

Elwood and Eleanore (Stubby) have been close family friends since long before I was born. They were like family. Our families became even closer, in about 1962, with their move to the Johnny Hiatt farm, now known as the Fauske farm. They were our only neighbors to the north. Elwood assisted my dad with many farming tasks. When dad retired he from farming he rented his whole farm out to Elwood. My guess is Elwood probably farmed the Stokes farm for 15 or 20 years. My dad often commented that Elwood was one of the best farmers ever. If my folks ever had a problem, Elwood was always there to help. Never did he refuse or complain, she would just show up with a cheerful smile.

Elwood will be missed. We extend our condolences to his entire family.

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