07/31/2017 (2546)

‘Dunseith Days’ Schedule Requested
Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND


Would you be able to send me a schedule of Dunseith days? I especially would like to know when the parade is. Maybe I will take a few activities in as well.

Thanks Gary,


Gary’s Reply
I’m sure someone has a copy of the ‘Dunseith Day’ Schedule that they can send us. Thanks.


Marlene Armentrout
April 04, 1939 – July 15, 2017

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Funeral services for Marlene Armentrout, age 78 of Dunseith, were held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Officiating at the service was Gary Wendel.  Joan Richard was the pianist and special music was provided by Dick and Brenda Johnson.  Casket bearers were Jacob Metcalfe, Michael Metcalfe, Bryant Armentrout, Terry Halvorson, Gino Davis and Curt Hamen.  Burial was at the Riverside Cemetery in Bottineau.

Marlene Armentrout, a daughter of David and Bertha (Patnaude) Kraft, was born on April 4, 1939 at Dunseith.  She was raised there and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1957.  On September 22, 1957, she married Rodney Armentrout at Dunseith.  She purchased the A.C. Bar in Dunseith in 1970 which she operated until her retirement in 1990.

Marlene was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dunseith where she was active in the Willing Workers.  She later joined the Peace Lutheran Church.  She was a member of the Rolette Homemakers Club.  She enjoyed bowling, softball, darts and going to the casino.  She also enjoyed going fishing, her family is not sure if it was the fishing she enjoyed or the lunch that was always along on the fishing trip!  Marlene also wrote the Dunseith News for the Bottineau Currant and the Turtle Mountain Star for many years.

Marlene passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at a Minot hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Rodney of Dunseith; 2 sons, Bryan (Sherry) Armentrout of Dunseith and Brent (Teri) Armentrout of Mesa, AZ; daughter, Debbie (Travis) Metcalfe of Mesa, AZ; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters,  Dorothy Schneider (Warren) of Bottineau and Bertha Handeland of Pocatello, ID and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was proceeded in death by her brother, Lester Kraft (Alice) and sister Annie Hills (Lloyd).

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Riverside Cemetery.

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


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


I found which County And the murders of Frank Seidel and his niece. On Internet I went to Seidel murders on June 21, 1908.

Somber (Bottineau County)
The location of the post office

Gary you will be able to find the article and put it on the blog.



Seidel Murders: See the whole Article in The evening times., December 07, 1908


Blog (620) posted on November 12, 2009

Lovaas Family memories

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Tis the Season…Ah memories, going outside,breathing and seeing the cold air, crisp and crunching, snow angels, walking up the hill to fetch the mail. Then with warm wooly mittens, carefully,carrying the treasured mail down hill to mom. When we were small children, many familiar names arrived on the much anticipated Christmas cards.
We’d gaze at the beautiful cards. Asking our mother, “Who was this card from?” She’d explain it was from this aunt or that friend, the wife of the pastor who officiated at her wedding in 1947. “A lady, who was very good, kind and sweet.”
Years later,while working in Montana, I attended an intense, week long summer session, at Rimrock Foundation in Billings. One of the sessions was led by a counselor….. a familiar name from mom’s card list from long, long ago. When time permitted, I inquired, “Your name is very familiar to me, as the pastor who officiated at my parents wedding in Dunseith, North Dakota had the same name. My mother exchanged cards with her for years.” …… We had a nice visit and the classes continued……..After that week, I headed for the hills of home, arriving back at our family farm I told mom about my class and that one of the leaders I met was a son of Mrs.Grace Lovaas.
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,
It is a lovely “fall” morning here, the leaves are gone from the trees, most of them have been raked and swept clean from the lawns around town. The Westies enjoyed our walk, wind, rain and snow free. Blue skies and sunshiny day.
The Red, White and Blue Flags are swaying ever so gently in the light breeze over highway # 5 , from the west end bowling alley, to the east end WalMart, and down Main street Bottineau.
Isn’t it great to walk free!
Dad (Bob Stokes) & Lloyd Awalt carrying “Old Glory”
I screwed up yesterday and labeled this article 1980. Wayne (61) & Rosemary Smith celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008, not 1980.
Folks, This is a recent picture that I captured of David Slyter from Facebook. It’s kind of faded, but at least we can see the David Slyter today, that we all knew back in our younger days. David, you are looking great! It’s been nearly 45 year since I’ve seen you. You have changed some, so I don’t think I would have recognized you walking down the street. Gary.
David Slyter (70) Fargo, ND

07/28/2017 (2545)

Lenore (Watkins) Hoover (DHS ’45) 90th Birthday celebration
Posted by Paula Fassett (’71):  Walhalla, ND

Hi Gary. … and all:

I should have posted this earlier – but for anyone who knows my mom’s sister, my Aunt Lenore (Watkins) Hoover……she turns 90 on Saturday – July 29th.  Lenore lives in Minot, has a cabin at Metigoshe.  She doesn’t want a huge shin-dig, but a few of us cousins/nieces, etc., are going to the lake on Sat to have coffee/cake…and gab, of course!  Although she didn’t want an organized party, per se, I’m sure if anyone in the area would like to drop in, not only would she be surprised…….I KNOW she would be thrilled.  Lenore is still sharp as a tack – still kayaks on the lake, hikes, etc…………. OR if you would like to send her a card…..her Minot address is 232 11th Avenue S.E…..58701.  Again, I know she would be thrilled to get cards also.

I’m not sure how to give directions to her cabin, but I’s about 6 cabins north of where the old “Happy’s Dock” used to be.  The cabin just north of what was Mark Nero’s cabin……….
Anyway….I know she would be surprised and happy to see some birthday greetings!



Class of 1967 50th Class Reunion
Posted by LeaRea Parrill Espe (’67):

Gary, Thanks so much for putting this on the blog.  I forgot to include my email and phone number.  I wanted folks to contact me if they received this message.              phone  – 701-228-2911


Questions – 1: Seidel Murders in 1908? – 2: Somber?
Posting from Kaye Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

My laptop crashed so I had to find an email addy for you online. I hope this is a valid one!

I’m reading some memoirs that my Grandma Thelma (Torgerson) Emerson’s aunt Alta Bjornseth had written back in 1963. I have a couple of questions regarding some things Alta writes about, with which I’m sure your readers will be able to help me.

First, Alta writes of when she was young and how they used to travel 12 miles to go shopping at “Somber.”  She also mentions that Somber eventually got a post office.  Can anyone tell me where Somber was?

Secondly, Alta refers to the tragedy of the “Seidel Murders.” The murders took place on June 21, 1908, and involved Mr. Seidel and his niece. Can anyone enlighten me about that?

Thank you, Gary, and thank you for your blog!

Kaye K. Lystad Kirk


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (619) posted on November 11, 2009


Posted on November 11, 2009

San Haven Memories

From Shirley LaRocqueWendt (59): Tukwila, WA

I too have a few memories of San haven, I had several uncles who were patients up there, my uncle Art met and married. Jimmy, Billy and Denny, also my grandpa LaRocque died the in June of ’56’. MY MOTHER MADELINE WORKED THERE FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS, SHE WAS DR.LOEB’S HOUSEKEEPER FOR A LONG TIME. WE MEANING MY SISTERS LANA, GINGER AND MYSELF WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM IN 2007 AT THE REUNION.

Shirley, I met Hannah and Karen Loeb for the first time at the 2007 reunion. Karen was in our class of 65, but they moved before she started High School. Karen and her mother are such nice friendly folks. I could tell they really enjoyed being reconnected with all of the Dunseith folks. In the late evenings when Hannah got tied, Karen would take her back to their hotel room in Belcourt and then return. We and everyone else truly enjoyed their company. I got connected with Karen putting our class list together prior to the 2007 reunion. I had the wrong spelling of her married name and was unable to locate her, but Evie Gottbreht came to the rescue and found her. We have all remained well connected since. Gary


Folks, I have a little extra room today, so thought I’d include several pictures of our place following the installation of ceramic tile on the upper area between my work shop on the left and our office on the right. The first picture was taken from our Bedroom window. Our next project will be to erect a high roof over the area between the workshop and the office. Being a farm boy from ND I had quite a collection of tools that I did not want to part with, so we had them shipped with the rest of our stuff to the PI. I have all these tools in the work shop. I’ll be honest, I don’t use many of these tools anymore. Our helper uses them a lot though. Gary

From the achieves:

 TMS – 1940


07/25/2017 (2544)

Class of 1967 50th Class Reunion
Posted by LeaRea Parrill Espe (’67):

Class of 1967 50th Class Reunion August 4-5

We finalized our plans and are looking forward to seeing everyone

Friday evening : Social at Dale’s Lounge
Saturday Morning: 9-11 AM    Commerical Club sponsored breakfast at Dunseith Elementary
11:15 AM      Meet near Dunseith Nursing Home to line up for Parade                                 Noon            Parade  (Jim Berube is getting a trailer for our float)                              12 – 2 PM     Meet at Sr. Citizen’s/American Legion for Pie Social after                                                parade (Social goes until 2)
3:00 PM        Meet at High School to tour the school                                                          5:00 PM        Meet at W’eel Turtle for a picture
6;00 PM        Meet at Dale’s Lounge for a short program                                                  6:30 PM        Supper at Dale’s

PLEASE NOTE: If you get this message please reply to me or Patti immediately so we know  that you have received it.  We need a ballpark figure for the supper and also want to know how many will be available to ride on the float.  All are welcome.

INFO: A full schedule of Dunseith Days is on Facebook. You would not believe all the fun events planned starting on Sunday, July 30 with a fishing derby at Lake Shutte and going until Sunday, August 6 with a kid’s golf tournament with many, many events each day of the week. Starion Bank is having a community picnic on Thursday at 5:30. North Central Electric is having a customer appreciation meal from 4-6PM on Friday.

We announced the reunion earlier and announced the date to coincide with Dunseith Days as soon as we knew it. We have waited until the events were set so we could fit our meeting times  into the overall schedule.  Patti Metcalfe Woods, Mary Helen Anderson Millang,  Jim Berube and I have met several times to try to figure out how to make contacts with all who were part of our class.  K. Flynn Richard, Beverly Azure, and Roger Counts have joined us for the last couple of meetings. We have all been brainstorming how to contact each one .  A reminder here that everyone is welcome whether you graduated or not.


San Haven aerial videos
Posted by Karen Loeb Mhyre (’70)’ Snohomish, WA.

I subscribe to this ND blog (of sorts) and found this story of interest!

Karen Loeb Mhyre
Snohomish, WA

Drone Footage Captured At This Abandoned North Dakota Facility Is Truly Sad



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


Matthew House

I first  rented and lived in a furnished 3 room basement apartment  of  this building in Montana.

At the time,there was no where else to rent due to an exploding oil boom.

Later, I  moved up in the world to  the second floor. A couple years later I moved into another apt.

Finally  purchased  my first home which friends helped to renovate.


The owner of that first apt. an  elderly land lady.

Annie a kind and generous  person and her cat Putt  lived down the hall,  in the other basement apartment

Everyone shared the washing machine and dryer in a furnace room.

There were no egress windows, the main door was always unlocked and open.

If I locked my door I   used a skeleton key.  On the inside, I did use a safety chain!

Whenever a Chinook came,  the icy flat roof melted.

Brown water soon dripped and seeped though 2 floors of  insulation down to the apts  to the basement.

The ever resourceful elderly  land  lady  in winter months leaned  a ladder against the back of the building to the top of the entrance.

She’d drag up another on top of the entrance, climb up  to top of  the roof  finally, crawling to shovel  off  heavy snow.

In my apt. a  shower head hung just a wee bit above my head in the middle of the bathroom  ceiling_ in front of the  toilet stool .

This was surrounded by pull around plastic shower curtain. Water  would  drain  into a drain in the middle of the floor.

The floor drain  and bathroom  was  home to all sorts of water bugs and crickets.

After a few  crunches and squisheys at night, it was better to always leave the light on or wear shoes!

My roots were of hardy  wholesome stock of  the hills.

(The first month before pay day, I lived on  1 jar of Peanut butter, 1 gal.  of milk  and  bread)

I learned alot from my landlady;

About survival and  the people and history of the rural lower Yellowstone area.

How  as a newly wed, her first husband was mangled and died  in a farm horse run away.

And how she found domestic work through the Great depression and WWII rationing.

During those years,  I  also had many opportunities to further education.

I  along with others  attended several workshops.  One was   Domestic Violence.

I   finally understood,  battered people  and why they stay,

continue to be battered emotionally and physically…(Stockholm Syndrome).

I  attended  conferences with  Community people; spark plugs, like Father Ned, the Carranza ladies

from St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish, and others who later formed the  Domestic Violence Coalition.

The coalition had  volunteers who worked to find,  & write grants,

( I  believe  Annie had willed  her little estate for a higher purpose)

A company  donated an  expensive small experimental state of the art environmentally friendly  furnace.

Since leaving, the area I read today, that building  has been spifted up by community people.

(new windows,  roof was put on,  and  ramps and deck).

Living and working in Montana was a unique rewarding learning experience!

I learned  good and dark sides  about humans.

But, I discovered I was blessed.

During  that time my parents were  both alive  and I was able to tell each of them.

“Thank you for many things I took for granted.”

vickie m.


Blog (618) posted on November 10, 2009

Posted on November 10, 2009

Previously posted two days ago

From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND.

Remembering…. Do any of the older classmates from Dunseith remember early days when Paster Lovaas lived near the school house in town. He had a son named Danny. Danny worked for a while at the Peace Garden with my step-grandpa (Jerry Demo). I must have been in first grade, the teacher was Eunice Larson, if I recall rightly. We thought it was a good idea if we got these two people together. I don’t know how it actually happened, but we felt like match makers, when they did get married. Does anyone know where are they now. Have a great day. Thanks much, Gary and all who keep the past alive in our thoughts and prayers. “Daddy” Jerry was the gardener at the Peace Garden in the late 40’s.

Folks, I just had a very nice visit with Eunice. She and Dan are living in Arkansas. It’s a small world. Eunice was born and raised in the Turtle mountains south of Lake Metigoshe. I knew her brother Ledolph Larson very well. Ledolph and Edna lived on the lake road a few miles south of Lake Metigoshe. Eunice and I knew many of the same hills folks. She said she taught school in Dunseith for two years. She and Danny got married in 1951. Susan, she remembers you and your family. Shirley Olson Warcup, she remembers you too. She also remembers Don and Bernice Johnson. She said they knew Art Rude really well and would have visited him had they known he was living in Dunseith, when they were back in the area last summer. Shirley and Susan, I told Eunice that I would forward their email address to you. I have Eunice/Dan’s email address for those of you that would like to contact them. Gary

Daniel & Eunice (Larson) Lovass

5 Mansfield Dr


Bella Vista, AR 72714-5100

(479) 855-2911

Virgil Rude: Minot, ND

Folks, I received a very pleasant call from Virgil Rude several hours ago. Many of you folks remember Virgil from the National Guard, The Minot Schools, Bottineau, and the Turtle Mountains. Virgil is recovering well from the stroke he had several months ago. He said he drove for the first time yesterday and it went well. Geri, Virgil’s wife was surprised when a friend of hers mentioned she had heard of Virgil’s stroke from her daughter who lives in Fargo. Her daughter had seen it posted on our daily blog. Virgil did not know the daughters name, but thought it was Darcy or something like that. Virgil, Eunice Larson Lovass (listed above) also mentioned knowing your folks, Alfred & Viola (Bjornseth) Rude. She also knew Albert & Gladys (Bjornseth) Rude, LaVerne and Glen’s folks.

San Haven Memories

From Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, me again talking about the San. No one has mentioned that they had there own farm. They milked cows morning and night, 40 at a setting. They had hogs, sheep, chickens. They planted all there crops potatoes, corn, beans, peas. Every thing there wasn’t much shipped in. More was shipped in after the farm closed Cliff Magnusson was the drayman for the san. I worked with Brenda Hoffman’s dad when he had the bakery, Eva Trafford was in charge of the kitchen. I worked out off the kitchen. Lloyd Awalt

Reply from Erling Lansverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and Everyone!

After listening to the Halloween pranks perpetrated by some of my fellow North Dakotans, I have been thinking that perhaps I should not have praised the populace to that degree. gracious, Dick Johnson, I am surprised at the length some of you went to cause havoc and mischief about the neighborhood. You see, We of the older generation never engaged in such antics, instead it was bobbing for apples and dancing to skip to my Lou. Of course, its possible that you may not believe that.As a matter of fact, I could be having some doubts myself Lloyd Awalt, you probably remember, since we were classmates, at any rate my father Gunder Landsverk and your Dad were great friends, and worked together on several projects through the years, My Dad always said that John Awalt is a hevk of a nice guy and great hard worker. I knew he meant it, and my Dad was no slouch when it came to hard work. Sorry I missed you in 2007. We could have gotten together and exchanged lies. Just kidding. I do remember you and your father quite well. Brenda, I am sorry about not noticing you trying to run us down but had i known about you, I would have gotten out and unhooked the horses , its a funny thing though, , the buggy was not equipped with seat belts. It was a great ride all the same. Next time we will wait for you Brenda, I promise.

On a more serious note, I am very concerne about my cousins my cousin Sharon (Landsverk)) Beckman tells me that 5 of her 6 brothers have cancer Could this have anything to do with the defoelegent that was sprayed in the fifties in that area. The landsverk farm has a lot of water surrounding it and perhaps this defoelegent may have gotten into the ground water, but then so have others near there. I know that many of the veterans I talk to who were in viet Nam either have cancer or know someone who has due to the defoelegent Agent Orange. i hope that some research has been done in this area, since I notice so many cancer deaths in the turtle Mountains. I wonder what they were trying to do or why did they do it. meanwhile, those poor guys along with others have to go through hell just because of “some experiment” ?

Erling Landsverk

Erling, When Virgil Rude called me today, he mentioned that Elwood Landsverk, Sharon’s brother, had visited him when he was in the Minot hospital. I’m wondering if Elwood is one of her brothers with cancer? Gary

Fort Hood Shootings

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

To Susan Malaterre Johnson

Thanks for taking the time to give Capt.John Gaffeney of Williston,N.Dak the mention that he deserves. That incident was horrific and unbeleivably sad. I was happy that the guy who did it,did not go out like the martyr I’m sure he thought he was going to go out as…I’m confident that they will find alot of worms in that can that he busted wide open. My heart and prayers go out to the families of Ft.Hood,and military families across America. God Bless You Susan and Take Care….Ms. Aggie

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


07/20/2017 (2543)

Dick and Vi (Hobbs – DHS ’54) Ziegler 63rd Anniversary
Posting from Dick Ziegler:  McMinnville, OR

Hello Gary,

Dick and Vi Ziegler just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Monday, July 17th.

I met Viola (Hobbs) in late August, 1952.  I was working for Peavey Elevators in Dunseith, doing repair work on their elevator in Dunseith.  My job was finished in Dunseith, and I was headed out of town to reaturn to New Rockford.  As my friend and I were pulling out of our parking space to leave town, I noticed this pretty young girl step out onto the street.  Leroy, a friend I had met while in Dunseith, was hitching a ride, and I asked him if he knew who that girl was.  Leroy said yes, that’s Ole Hobbs, would you like to meet her?  I said I would, so we pulled up along side of her, and Leroy called out to her.  He said there was someone who wanted to meet her.  Vi came over to the car, and we were introduced.  She seemed very special to me, and I wanted to spend some more time with her.  The next thing I knew, I asked her if she’d like to go to a dance with me that night.  (Even though I didn’t know how to dance.) She said she would, and that changed my life forever.  We spent the next two years going together, and were married July 17, 1954.  If Vi had stepped out onto the street 10 seconds sooner, or later, we’d have never met.  I think there may have been some Devine Intervention involved.  We’ve had a beautiful marriage together.

Dick Ziegler


Don Johnson Pictures
Posted by Brenda (Dick) Johnson Dunseith, ND


I’ve been cleaning and sorting some pictures.  Some are very old and some fairly recent.  I came across 2 pictures of Dick’s dad I found interesting.  If he had been living he would have turned 89 last week on July 13.  The picture of Don outside of the Garden Tap on Main Street was taken in 1965 and I think that’s what most folks remember.  The picture of him in the band uniform was taken in 1946 (not sure of the exact date).  I thought my father-in-law looked impressive in his uniform and can clearly see his German heritage. Good deal he had a Norwegian side to even this out. :-)



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Blog (617) posted on November 9, 2009

Posted on November 9, 2009

Dr. Loeb & Erling’s Book

Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

My Mom and Dad still talk about Dr. Loeb’s brilliance. They contend that if Dr. Loeb had not been our doctor at the San, mom and I would have been hospitalized much longer. Dr. Loeb’s high expectations encouraged San Haven employees to perform just a bit better. In the ‘its a small world category,’ one of Dave’s periodontal patients in St. Cloud, MN was a next door neighbor of the Loeb family and I was able to take a letter from her to Hannah Loeb at our last Dunseith reunion. Our patient also talked about Dr. Loeb’s expertise.

And then of course, I just finished Erling Landsverk’s book My Dakota Years ( which I loved -I asked him to write another!) and via our emails found out that he and his sister were in the carriage with Hannah Loeb at the reunion. I so wanted to talk to Hannah and tell her how grateful I was for all that she and Dr. Loeb did for me that I chased the carriage for a few blocks (running all the way!). The carriage driver and passengers (if I remember correctly!) thought is was kind of a silly sight to see me running as fast as I could in the back streets of Dunseith.

Brenda Hoffman class of 1968

Loeb’s & Erling

Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary just some answers to some of writers. Karen Loeb Mhyre that was a very nice article about your dad. I worked at the San when I was about 15 I lived across the street from your mother Hannah I grew up in Dunseith. I’m glad to hear that Hannah is doing fine. Erling that was a good article about the dirty 30s. I grew up then and it was a hard time. reading the Dunseith blog it is very interesting I know most every one that writes knew your folks better . keep up the good work Gary.

Reply to Karen Loeb Mhyre

From Gary Morgan (54): GARRISON, ND

Thank you for your prompt response. I was right! it is interesting and enlightening.
That Intern Program during WW II is a dark chapter in our country’s history. Apparently, there were actually cases where the younger generation gave their lives fighting for their country while their country thanked them by confiscating all of their parent’s property and relocating them to prison camps.

Gary Morgan ’54

Danny Lovass

Reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT.

Here is a little information on Danny Lovaas: Danny’s younger brother, Paul, and I kept in touch until his death about 6 years ago. We talked on the phone a few times a year and I remember once he mentioned that one of Danny’s daughters had come to Nebraska to see him. I believe he said Danny lived in Louisiana and that he had 3 daughters. I could be wrong about both state and number of children. I don’t think Paul ever named the city in La. I wish now I had written down some of that information. Paul was pretty much confined to his apartment by this time–he used a wheel chair to get around. He apparently had regular communication with this niece and appreciated her visit. A former co-worker of Paul’s called me after his death. He might know something about Danny, but I didn’t write down his name or phone number and can no longer remember either. Both Ron, my husband, and I appreciated Paul’s calls–if I wasn’t home Paul gave Ron a run-down on things and they always had a good visit. I wish I had more information!!

Shirley Olson Warcup

Shirley and Susan Brew Roussin, I believe this is Danny and Eunice’s phone number an address. I believe Kathy and Patricia would probably be two of their daughters. Do either of you want to call them? If not, I can call them tomorrow, that is not a problem. I’m sure they would be glad and pleasantly surprised to receive a call from either one of you. Danny is 82 years old. Gary


5 Mansfield Dr

Bella Vista, AR 72714-5100

(479) 855-2911

Household: Eunice D Lovaas

Daniel L Lovaas 82

Bella Vista,AR

Kathy L Lovaas
Patricia K Lovaas
Eunice D Lovaas

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Hey Bonnie, Thanks for the memories….you would have found someone else already sitting in the car if I had not found a dead furrow and a couple of shadows on the way out of harms way! What memories!

Sue and I have just returned from a Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas on Norweigan Cruise Line, Sky. (Same as our Alaska Cruise Line). All fun and relaxation. Many of the crew was from the Phillipines and some even from Cebu. After talking to several young people we were diffinitely of the opinion that the natives of the Phillipines appreciate having families like Gary and Bernadette retire in the area. They told of how some of their very own neighbors were US born married to Phillipine natives and help out the neighborhood so much with social events that go on at church or community. We are already looking forward to the 2012 cruise! Gary Metcalfe

Gary M, Yes, the Filipino people are very receptive of us being here and yes we do our share of community service. At the moment one of our spare bedrooms is loaded with Christmas packages, many of which are for some of the neighbor kids. We don’t spend a lot of money on each, but with the numbers, it adds up. Many of these folks are very poor. Some of the kids have few clothes, so we concentrate on giving clothes. I told Bernadette that we have to draw a line. There is only so much we can do. Gary S.

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

Hi Gary,

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning here in the Carolinas,with the leaves at peak fall colors,against a clear blue sky,and a crisp cool in the air that makes a person happy to have a church family to go worship with,good friends to go out to lunch with,and get together to watch the Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints…Go Panthers!!!! And those of you who follow football, that statement about the Panthers beating the Saints is not one of those “LOL” moments….And I am so serious….Even though the Saints are undefeated,and the Panthers are every thing but….I still believe todays game, is “OURS”….Guess by the time everyone reads this,we will know for sure,now won’t we!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! PANTHERS!!!!!

Gary,what I really e-mailed you about is that I’m not sure if I e-mailed these last couple names to you to add to the list,they are as follows…Mel & Kathy Khun—Bill Krause—-And yes Del Enno is the lady you asked about.

You also asked about my brothers…All I know is that, Joe ,Gerald and Rene and Jimmy had a great time at the last reunion,and that Aime and Bobby, expressed,kinda like…”Darn I wish I would of went”, all of them are on your blog I believe,and as a rule are kinda the spur of the moment kinda guys,so that’s all I can tell you… Guess will see…I sure hope so….

Well gotta go Gary,gotta go get my Panther Jersey on,and get ready for the “Show Down” in “Gumbo City”…. Thanks Gary! Ms. Aggie

Aggie, in several days we will publish an updated list of those planning to attend the Dunseith Alumni Reunion in May. Gary

07/17/2017 (2542)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Marlene Armentrout | 1939 – 2017

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Funeral Service
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017
2:00 PM

Marlene Armentrout
April 04, 1939 – July 15, 2017

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Marlene Armentrout, age 78 of Dunseith, died Saturday at a Minot hospital.
Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.
(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)


Funeral Service Saturday, July 22, 2017
2:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church

Gary’s Comment:
Our condolences are with Marlene’s family with her passing. She was very well known and liked by all those that knew her. She will be missed. She did the Dunseith News for many years too. She was very dedicated to public service.


Blog (616) posted on November 8, 2009

Posted on November 8, 2009

Memories of the Rober’t family

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

This message is for the Rober’t family. I remember all the fun times
we had at your house as kids…your mother was a wonderful lady. I am
sorry you had to go through this tragedy. Please know that we are
thinking of you.

Diane Larson Sjol

From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND.

Remembering…. Do any of the older classmates from Dunseith remember early days when Paster Lovaas lived near the school house in town. He had a son named Danny. Danny worked for a while at the Peace Garden with my step-grandpa (Jerry Demo). I must have been in first grade, the teacher was Eunice Larson, if I recall rightly. We thought it was a good idea if we got these two people together. I don’t know how it actually happened, but we felt like match makers, when they did get married. Does anyone know where are they now. Have a great day. Thanks much, Gary and all who keep the past alive in our thoughts and prayers. “Daddy” Jerry was the gardener at the Peace Garden in the late 40’s.

From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): Alvarado, TX

One of the Ft. Hood victims was born in Williston, ND. Capt. John Gaffeney.

Reply to Shirley Olson Warcup (49):

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Again, I’m delighted my family was able to help you folks out when you needed help. I would so love to relay your thanks to them, but unfortunately, both of my parents and all of my Dad’s siblings have been gone for several years. I have often wondered what life was really like back then and your little historical story and shone a bit of light on that. Thanks

Keith Pladson (66)

George Loab – Former San Haven Superintendent:

Reply from Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA.

You asked about my dad’s history before he came to the San. George L. Loeb was the only son of a German, Jewish Professor of Chemistry in Germany. Dad was born in 1912, in Gottingen, Germany. In 1914, his father was killed in a fall from a horse while he was serving in the German military in World War I. His father’s name was Loeb. Dad’s mother took my dad home to her parents in Celle, Germany. Her father was a Bishop in the Lutheran Church in a big cathedral in Celle, Germany. Dad’s maternal grandparents were names Beurker. With the help of her parents, my grandmother was able to go to medical school after the loss of her husband.

My grandmother, Lenke, met and married one of her surgery professor’s, a Dr Fromme. They had 4 additional children, all full blooded Germans. I think my dad was considered kind of a “black sheep” by this step father. In 1938 or 39, after my father had finished medical school in Germany, his stepfather arranged for him to go to England where some of his Loeb relatives lived. Dad’s Aunt Marie Tutour (a sister of the professor Loeb, Dad’s birth father) helped my dad with the arrangements needed to come to the United States. He traveled by ship to New York City, entering our country through Ellis Island. Dad would tell us that he spent about 3 months in New York City. Mostly he went to movies to hear English spoken and worked on his language skills.

Next, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he sold used cars! He always loved fast cars with big engines! From there he moved to New Orleans where he repeated an internship at the big Charity hospital we heard so much about during the Katrina Hurricane days. On Sunday, December 7th 1942, Dad was working on Obstetrics and stayed all night with a woman in labor. On the morning of the 8th at 7 AM, Dad and his supervising faculty physician were walking across the street from the hospital to have breakfast and to discuss their cases from the night before. In the street, coming towards them were 2 FBI agents who arrested my dad as an enemy alien. We were now at war with Germany. Dad told us that if he had not been arrested that morning, he had planned to enlist in the US Army!! Dad said that he believed he had been on a “watch list” by our government. My Dad was always a man of strong political beliefs and he felt strongly that the German government of that time (Nazi) was very BAD. Dad frequently would talk about the political climate in Germany and the rest of Europe. He loved a good political discussion. My dad believed that someone probably reported him for how he talked about the Nazi’s at the time and that he had a lot of knowledge about what he thought was going on in Germany. Maybe too much knowledge of our enemies for a person living and working in the USA, wanting supposeedly to become an American.

Dad was sent to Stringfellow, Oklahoma where he was “@&&’m qqinterned” with hundreds of other enemy aliens who were also arrested when we went to war. Most people know that the Japanese on our West Coast were interned in prison camps in Idaho, Oregon and other states as well. The German’s were interned in similar camps. I do not know how long they were in Oklahoma, but at some point Dad was moved by train to Fort Lincoln near Bismark where he spent most of the rest of the WWII. Dad was a physician, so in both camp locations, he was given responsibilities to help with the medical care of his fellow prisoners.

As the war was ending, and I am not sure exactly when, Dad was “paroled” to the San as they were in desperate need for doctors. He was required to report weekly to a US Customs official who was stationed at the Peace Garden border crossing. I think the man’s name was Nesse (?) or something like that. (Not Elliot Ness!!!) He was not allowed to travel any further than Dunseith. Any other travel required special permission, etc.

My mother, Hannah Higgins grew up in Dunseith. She was the daughter of Alida Olson Higgins (sister of Christine Olson Carlson), from Trail County near Larimore/Grand Forks. My mom’s Dad was Frank Higgins, an Irishman who homesteaded several farms in the area and managed the hardware store in Dunseith in the 30’s. Frank was a widower with one son who suffered from TB of the bone. This half brother, Francis was post master of the Dunseith Post office while my mom was growing up. Frank died fromop some liver disease when my mother was 16 (1937). Both my mom and her sister Pat, went to high school in Fargo at Sacred Heart Academy (now Shanley High) and then to nursing school at St John’s hospital in Fargo. My mom was a nurse at the flight training school after she graduated until the war was over in 1945.

With the war over, Mom went home to Dunseith and lived with her mother for a while. She got a job at the San as a nurse. She and my dad have social security numbers one apart from each other as they were hired nearly at the same time.

My parents were married in the spring of 1947 and I was born in October of that year. Dad continued to have to report to his parole officer for some time, even after he married my mom.

My parents stayed at the San until 1958 when Dad moved us (Mom and 4 kids aged 11-2)to Minneapolis so he could do a residency in Radiology at the University of Minnesota. Dad was 39 at the time. My youngest sister, Jane was born in Minneapolis during Dad’s first year of residency. Following the 4 years of residency, we moved for 2 years to Seattle, WA where he worked for the VA and ran the Radiology department while the man who normally had that job was on a sabbatical. In 1963 our family moved to St Cloud, Minnesota where Dad practiced Radiology at the St Cloud Hospital. He loved radiology and was greatly respected for his skills in seeing the whole patient, not just the Xray. in using his many years of treating TB patients, he was able to really communicate with his patients and they really appreciated his sense of respect of the patient as well as his great diagnostic skills.

Sadly, Dad passed away unexpectedly, May 29, 1975 (age 63). He had been suffering some sleep apnea related seizures that caused his sudden death. My mom remained in St Cloud for a few years and eventually moved to her summer cottage in Longville, Minnesota. In 1998 ???? my mom and sister, Jane built a home near Jim and I in Bothell, Wa. My sister, Marianne also lives with them. Mom is now 88 and is slowing down a bit, but she reads everything she can, as well as plays amazing games of Scrabble and Pinnacle, We are so lucky to have my sisters and Mom close by (about a 20 minute drive).

Dad was a man with a huge need to be a successful physician. I think he always was trying to show that step father that he was worthwhile. Dad never went back to Germany to visit his half brother & 3 half sisters and Mother until after the step father had passed away. It is interesting to us to think about what a perfectionist and man of high expectations he was. He was a tough father on all of us kids, but he expected a lot from my mom and anyone he worked with as well. It was not always easy for kids or his employees to live up to his standards.

It is sad that he passed before he could see what ‘our” next generation of scientists, physicians and horsewomen have accomplished. He would be very proud of all that has been accomplished. We all have our own troubles and failings as well. Those would have killed him for sure!!

Thanks for asking about my Dad’s history. I do ramble on, but then we all think he was an amazing man. I hope I have most of these “facts” right.

Take care, and again, thanks for asking!

Karen Loeb Mhyre

November 2008
Karen Loeb Mhyre (65) with her granddaughter Katelyn

November 2008
Hannah Higgens Loab (39): with her Great Granddaughter Katelyn

Reply from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ & Williston, ND.

Gary, thank you so much again for sending obituary for Loren Smith as we
had not gotten all of that even though Dot attended the funeral!!!!
So sorry to hear about Jose and pray his pain will soon end. You
really do a remarkable service in your daily messages and they are
always interesting. We know Clarice Aus well and enjoyed Aggies blog
about her!!

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Dot, I think some of our readers will remember your brother Loren, so I have posted his Obituary below. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Gary

Loren E. Smith
Jan. 21, 1931-Oct. 21, 2009

POSTED: October 25, 2009

Loren E. Smith, 78, Rugby, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the MeritCare
Medical Center in Fargo.

Loren was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Rolla, the third of four children born to
Melford Dewain and Lillie Augusta (Carlson) Smith. He was raised in St. John
until the family moved to Rolette in January 1946. Loren graduated from
Rolette High School in the class of 1948.

He met Esther Violet LaVerne Tastad at Luther League and the two were
married July 29, 1951. They moved to Rugby that year, and Loren began
working at a gas station in town. He moved on to jobs at Anderson Funeral
Home and Jacobson’s Department Store before becoming the working partner at
Leegard and Smith Men’s Store. He later purchased the store, owning it until
1978, and then finished out his professional career as a traveling salesman.

Loren was an active member of First Lutheran Church from the time he moved
to Rugby until his death, serving as a Sunday school teacher, council
president, custodian and choir member.

He was also active in other areas of the community, as a member of the
Chamber of Commerce and Red Cross, a school and district PTA president, and
a charter member of the Heart of America Concert series. After retirement,
Loren kept busy cutting lawns for people around town, volunteering at the
Heart of America Hospital, and taking care of the grounds at the Rugby
Country Club.

Loren is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Esther, of Rugby; six children,
daughters Laurel (Kevin) Toyne, of Rugby, Naomi Schmitz, Cashton, Wis.,
Cynthia (Mark) Granger, St. Louis Park, Minn., Sidonia (Bob) Burnell,
Oshkosh, Wis., Sonja (Milt) Myhre, Fargo, and a son, Tim (Kristin),
Russellville, Ark.; one sister, Darlene (Thomas) Hagen, of Mesa, Ariz.; 14
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other
relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Christine Cooper; a
son-in-law, Mike Schmitz; two brothers, Neil and Doug; his stepfather,
Seivert Solhein; and his parents.

Funeral service: Monday at 10:30 a.m. in First Lutheran Church in Rugby with
burial in the Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby. Pastor Sharon Baker,

Friends may call today (Sunday) from 4 to 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in
Rugby and for one hour prior to the time of services at the church on

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

Rick Casavant’s mothers Obituary

Note: Rick is married to Denise Wheeler. Rick/Denise are on our distribution.

Rick, we are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. It’s always hard loosing a parent. Our condolences are with you and your family. Gary

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


Aug. 7, 1916-Nov. 3, 2009

POSTED: November 6, 2009

ROLETTE Alma Emma Casavant, 93, Fargo, formerly of Rolette, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in a Fargo nursing home.

She was born Aug. 7, 1916, to Hector and Eugenie Malo in Union Township, Rolette County. She married Merle Joliffe in 1935 and he preceded her in death. She married Lucien Casavant on July 9, 1946.

Survivors: sons, Garry Joliffe, Chandler, Ariz., Richard Casavant and DuWayne Casavant, both Rolette, Doyle Casavant, Mora, Minn.; daughters, Janice Pickard, West Fargo, Julie Luoma, Tehachapi, Calif., Colette Olson, Fargo; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Boe, Devils Lake, Jeanine Zeffero, Suttons Bay, Mich.

Funeral: Saturday, 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette.

Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Rolette.

Rosary service: Today, 7 p.m., in the church.

07/12/2017 (2541)

Chase Fugere (Jeff – DHS 77 son) Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’77):  Bottineau, ND


 Chase Logan Fugere, 22, of Minot, ND died on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from complications related to a motorcycle accident.

Chase was born August 15, 1994 in Minot, ND the son of Jeff and Tammi Fugere. He was raised and educated in Minot, attended Our Redeemer’s Christian School, and graduated from Bishop Ryan High School in 2013. He worked three years as an apprentice electrician and graduated from the lineman program at Bismarck State College in May of 2017. He recently accepted his dream job as a lineman at MDU in Bismarck.

He loved sports and was a well-known basketball and football player in the Minot area. His awards were many. He played in the ND Shrine Bowl in Grand Forks. He was on the All State Football Team two years in a row. He started hunting and fishing at a very young age.

He loved his time outdoors with his dad and uncles who spent a great deal of time hunting and fishing with him. He was an expert marksman. Although Chase was an avid hunter, he had a genuine love of animals, especially his pets, Fluffy, Buster, Lily and Sophie.

Chase was a fun loving young man, a professional trickster. His mother says it could have been a second career. Unfortunately, he tried out 90 percent of his material, by playing pranks on his unsuspecting father and sister.

Chase had a wonderful sense of humor that will always be remembered by his family and friends.

Chase is survived by his parents, Jeff and Tammi Fugere; sister, Whitney Fugere (fiancé, Derek Borud); grandparents, Donna and the late Duaine Fugere and Terry and Marlene Thompson; aunts, Pamela (Gene) Schmidt, Debbie Fugere Fauske, Diane Fugere and Terri (Mike) Mongeon; uncles, David Fugere, Joel Fugere and John (Naomi) Thompson and 40 Cousins.

Chase was preceded in death by his grandfather.

 Celebration of Life Service: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Church, Minot.

Visitation and an opportunity to say goodbye will be held on July 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. There will be no reviewal at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorials that will be used in special tribute to Chase.


Our Grandson, Tyler Mick, Visited us here in Cebu

Tyler, our grandson visited us here in Cebu from May 19th to June 14th. He was here nearly a month on summer break from college.  We so enjoyed his visit. He spent a week with us in December too. With that trip he asked if he could come back in May/June for a month and of course we said yes. He has literally fallen in love with the Philippines and plans to return each year. He loves the friendly people and the culture. He has connected super well with all of his relatives here too. They are well bonded. He couldn’t hold back his tears and many here too, especially the kids, when saying his good buys.

Tyler gave his Grandma Bernadette a lot of papering, love and attention too of which she truly liked.

Tyler is very mature, outgoing and super friendly. His domineer, personality and social skills are very similar to those as those of my Dad’s, Bob Stokes, and of course his Great Grandfather too. We are all looking forward to his return next year.

Tyler is our Daughter, Sheryl’s son, He lives with his dad in Tacoma, WA. He will be a Sophomore at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, WA
Stokes 2441-1.

6th District Congress Lady, Nerissa Soon-Ruiz,
                          Novie, Bernadette and Tyler
Stokes 2441-2


Blog (615) posted on November 7, 2009

Posted on November 7, 2009

Reply when asked about the correct spelling of her Maiden name:

From Jeri (Gordon 55) Fosberg Neameyer: Moorhead, MN

The spelling is Fosberg. Didn’t think about correcting that when I replied to Dick’s message.

Jeri Fosberg Neameyer

Note: Jeri is originally from Rolette.

Dorothy Rober’t – (Killed in a car accident near Langdon – Messages 599 & 600)

March 25, 1933-Oct. 18, 2009

From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND.

Morning Gary,

Back to work on the 26th of Oct, but just now getting thru my e-mail @ work. Darla & I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts & prayers. The last few weeks have been real hard for Darla & me.

We were the ones who had to take care of the arrangements, the other 3 were too far away.

In the hospital, after the accident, Darla, Aunt Marlene & I went into Mom’s room, to say our final good-byes. The Doctor came in and told us that she didn’t suffer, the steering wheel and airbag crush her chest and her main artery burst, she was gone within minutes. We got the 1st call @ 9:40 am, she was gone before we got half way to Langdon.

The man involved in the accident, didn’t see her and pulled out onto the hwy. From the Highway Patrols report, witnesses said “it looked like she didn’t see him either”, there was no signs of her trying to stop, her van hit just behind the front wheel, passenger side of the truck. He was hauling grain from the field to a grain bin, in his yard, across the road.

I figured people would like to know what happen.

Mom was in the process of moving back to ND and going to stay with Marlene in Langdon. She had been living with our oldest sister, Carol, in WI. I was so glad Mom was coming home to ND to live, I missed her.

I’d like to extend my condolences to Janice’s family. She was a nice lady.

Gary, thanks for posting this for me.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson – Rolla, ND

Dr. Loab (San Haven Supt.)

Question from Gary Morgan (54): GARRISON, ND

To Karen Loeb Mhyre,
Was not your father interned at the Bismarck camp during World War II? Did he ever talk about it?
I think it would be interesting and enlightening to hear of the hardships our predecessors endured that were not necessarily related to finances or weather. To know where we came from helps define who we are.

Gary Morgan ’54

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

Gary and Friends,

Jeri Neameyer, thanks for the correction on who was who in Rolette. I
do remember Ron Cameron and now remember he was the coach who was
married to Myrna, not Ross Julson. Myrna was a very pretty gal, I do
remember that. Sorry to hear of her passing at such a young age. Thanks
for setting me straight and thanks Gary!


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

UffDa Gary, Where was my brain? The class of ’70 were seniors in ’69
and ’70. The year of biology lab was our sophmore year! Although, I
believe Mr. Espe and Biology students continued the rabbit
Although, Ray had lots of younger brothers who were quick on the draw
and could get “wabbits” too.

Speaking of the Lagerquist Family. Being close neighbors, I knew the family well, However, those from Evon on down were not yet in school when I graduated in 1965. I left the country in 1966, so I wasn’t around the younger Lagerquist kids nearly as much. I remember their nice big two story house with a very large room on the north end that was often used for dances in the earlier days before my days. That house caught fire and burned down a number of years ago. Gary

07/10/2017 (2540)

Facebook 2 year memory.
Picture L To R: Darrel Stokes, Gary Stokes, Debby Stokes & Trish Larson Clayburgh

It was such a pleasure finely meeting Trish too. What a ball of fire she is. She joined me and many former Dunseith folks for breakfast at the Bottineau bakery too, where she saw several of her former DHS teachers, Les Halvorson and Terry Espe. They had some good memories and stories too. Trish is not one that is ever forgotten. Les remembered the many tests she aced too. Trish has a PHD in nursing, Dr. Trish Clayburgh. As many of us know, she loves horses too.
Stokes 2440


Reply to Larry Hackman’s, Hackman Peace Garden Posting
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70:  Bottineau, ND


What a neat bit of  family and Peace Garden history  shared!

My Great grandparents, Sam and Elizabeth (Welsh) Wicks and Grandparents, Robert and Sylvia (Wicks) Lamb  neighbored the Hackman family on Highway 43 East ( close to School Section Lake). My mother b. 1925 had fond memories of Celia Hackman. Mom  said, “Celia  who was older in her teens was very kind to younger children”. Mom  also remembered and shared:

Celia and her mother using a pedal sewing machine, and scraps of material were clever and generous  at  fashioning clothes for  mom’s only  doll.

In those years, Celia who drove a buggy, would come by  stop for  mom and they would  go for drives  to Kelvin Store and pick up things needed.

She especially recalled a long drive south west of Lydie Lake with Celia. It was   beautiful clear summer  day Celia had an errand for her parents Celia took mom along for the drive to her  uncles  where she fetched something. That was the first time mom saw  Mr.  Henry Dietrich.

Then, Celia married and she didn’t take mom  for drives any more. Celia and her husband  had moved  to a little house just across #3  Highway close to  Kelvin Store.

One day  she was excited because her Uncle Carl  drove her  to see Celia’s new baby. Celia had a beautiful tiny and perfect baby girl  she named Erna.

In later years, Mom and Celia always enjoyed little visits at Peace Lutheran Church whenever  they served together at a church function.

Mom would  comment on that long friendship, and she’d  always inquire about Erna.

It was neat seeing the old photo of baby Erna and her mother  and new knowledge about the year, 1937.

Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (614) posted on November 6, 2009

May 22, 2009
Dunseith Alumni Reunion
Folks, For those of you that replied indicating you’d like to attend this reunion, I have passed your messages onto Aggie and Verena. I have not talked to Aggie or Verena about any of the specific’s of their plans, but I know that Verena checked with George Gottbreht about using the Bingo Barn and she can get that facility for a very reasonable price. The cost, divided up among those attending would be very little. I know they are considering the HS gym too. I know the Bingo Barn is all set up to accommodate this sort of an event. To even consider either of these facilities, they need the numbers, so please let them know if you’d like to attend. Remember, just because you tell them that you plan on attending doesn’t mean you are locked into attending if for some reason something comes up and you are unable to go. They are just trying to get a feel for the number of folks to plan for. Once they lock their plans in, it may be hard to change if more folks decide to attend.
Please just reply to any of these messages if you’d like to attend and I will forward your message to Verena and Aggie. I will not be posting your replies on the daily blog. Aggie will be sending me periodic updates of those planning on attending that I will be posting. Gary
Florence Pladson Sime has a phone at Good Sam – (701) 228-2310
From her sister Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND.
Just an update on Florence. She now has a phone in her room……the number is (701) 228-2310. Give her a call and say hi!
Tina, I did just that. I just called her. It’s 8:30 AM her time. I think I woke her up. Florence sounds great! She said she had lots of broken bones, so it takes taking time for all these to heal. She seems to be in good spirits too. Gary
Dunseith Community Nursing Home Caring Hearts Auxillary:
Request from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary
We have a group of ladies here in town known as the Dunseith Community Nursing Home Caring Hearts Auxillary and they do an annual toy bingo/donation fund raiser for the nursing home every year. We were talking about the blog and wondered if it would be appropriate to mention and see what kind of a response we’d receive. If any would care to send small donations. Club is headed by Cheryl Haagenson and Kim Marion. What do you think? If interested donations can be sent to DCNH, Box 669
Dunseith, ND 58329. Thanks. Mary Eurich Knutson
Mary, Yes, by all means we can post this. How much more Dunseith can this be. With Cheryl Haagenson being one of the heads of this group, you’ve got good direction too. What a wonderful thing you guys are doing and for a great cause. Gary
Reply from Jeri Fosbert Neameyer (Gordon 55): Moorhead, MN
Reply to Dick Johnson—I don’t remember that and it could have been Lynette, but Laurel Mongeon may have been that singer. She has a beautiful voice and sang solo’s, duets and however many other groups they could put together., I remember Myrna (now decease1990) sang with Laurel. Myrna sang alto. I also had an older sister Carlene . Myrna married Ron Cameron who was the basketball coach in Rolette. That’s to many years ago to remember all those details.
Jeri Neameyer
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
You are SO WELCOME for anything I’m able contribute to your newsletters–I thoroughly enjoy being part of your newsletter recipients . Knowing (and hearing about) some of the Dunseith/hills area people and Dad’s owning a garage in Dunseith for a few years, gives me a feeling of being a small part of Dunseith, too, even though I never actually lived there.
I, along with everyone else, look forward to your daily newsletter. Thanks, Gary!
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
We have no school tomorrow here, as it is a comp day at Bottineau School. Many folks will be use the day hunting deer.
In regard to hunting, I believe the class of ’70 can boast of at least, two of our very own proficient hunters who began a little tradition. After carving lab frogs, two kids of the hills, Ray and Brian made a very convincing argument to our biology teacher.
Mr. Espe, our insightful teacher recognized teachable moments, was “game’ and in the course of a weekend in fall of ’69 or early winter “70, Ray and Brian filled a couple of Dunseith Public School lab refrigerators with rabbits.
Mr. Espe changed the course of his lesson plans and for a couple of weeks squeamish girls and tough boys diligently working in teams of two proceeded to dissect. The most amazing things happened. We learned how to skin, used microscopes, prodded at vital organs, stretched out intestines which we measured and compared the lengths.
Moving into the second week ,as the buses pulled into the parking lot at Dunseith High we were greeted by the……….aroma of those rabbits. There hath no aroma like the stench of an un-preserved rabbit!
Thanks. Gary.
Vickie, With the class of 70, we all know that has to be Ray Lagerquist and Brian Fauske that provided all those Rabbits. Gary
A message for Keith Pladson,
From Shirley Olson Warcup: (49): Ivans, UT
I’m sure it must have been your Dad and uncle who were always there to help us. It would have been in the latter part of the 1930’s–37,38, 39. There was always a bit of a discussion about the road as we made our way to Grandma Johnson’s house. I can remember my Dad expressing regret at having to always ask “The Pladson Boys” for help. Not only did they have to harness the horses, they had to put on rubber boots and work clothes because they knew they would get muddy. We were probably a real “pain in the neck” but they never gave any indication that we were causing them any inconvenience. And there was never a mention of money. Once we were out of the mud and on our way, my Dad always talked about “The Pladson Boys” and how generous and helpful they were. I never spoke to either of the boys and saw them only from the inside of our car but I have always had great respect for them for their willingness to help. I don’t know how old they were back then or if they are still with us now–but, if they are yet here–please convey my thanks–not just for getting us out of the mud but for being such “good guys”.
Shirley Olson Warcup
Dunseith Runion in May:
Aggie Casavant’s (69) reply to Susan Fassett Martin (65): Fort Mill, SC
Susan, Got you on the list…now if we can talk Crystal and Pennie & Cheryl Kester to go, that would be great! Looking forward to seeing you there. Ms. Aggie
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,Thank you to Karen Loeb Mhyre for the great story of her childhood
memories of the San and Lake Metigoshe. I remember going to Vanorny’s
cabin that was just north of McKay Island. In those days (late 50s) it
seemed like a long boat ride from our cabin on the south end of the lake
to Jay’s folks cabin. Karen, your cabin would have been just west of the
old Metigoshe Store, so I bet you made a few trips there for treats!?!?
That was a neat place, with something for everyone. Things have really
changed at the lake in the last few years. There are very expensive
homes going up all over and the old traditional cabins are disappearing
fast. It’s amazing how your parents had a cabin on Girl Lake near
Longville, MN. In 1960 or ’61, when we were 10, Rich Campbell and I went
to a YMCA camp on Little Boy Lake, near Longville. I remember one of our
camp counselors told us about Little Girl Lake being not far away. Maybe
it was Girl, not Little Girl, I’m not sure. We were there for two weeks
at a place called Camp Olson—-Olsons in Minnesota—imagine that! It’s
a small world we live in anyway! We had a counselor who probably was
glad to see us leave. He had a habit of snoring so we zipped him
completely in his sleeping bag as the zipper went all the way across the
top. We also caught a small brown lizard and put it in his sleeping bag.
He about went nuts! We had a crafts class every day and I still have a
few of the things we made. They had a brutal way of teaching kids to
swim. We had to tread water for something like 20 minutes. When I was
playing out, I reached for the dock. One of the counselors put his foot
on my forehead and pushed me back out, and it wasn’t the counselor we
tormented either.I did pass the test and graduated to what they called
the ‘Sharks’–big deal! I’ll attach a picture from our big adventure. I
took the picture on my own camera so I’m not in the photo. The haggard
guy behind is the counselor! Rich is wearing a white shirt and is
second from the right. Thanks Gary!


07/07/2017 (2539)

Hackman’s @ International Peace Garden, ND 2017 & 1937
From Larry Hackman (’66): l Bismarck, ND

Dick Johnson’s reply on make and year of the Hackman vehicles from 1937 trip to the Peace Gardens pictured below.


From: Dick Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:27 PM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: Hackmans @ International Peace Garden, ND 2017 & 1937


The car on the left is probably a Whippet or other more odd make. The next is a  ’30-’31 Model A Ford.  The third from the left is a ’33-’34 Chevy and the car on the right is a ’28-’29 Model A Ford.  Those years are had to tell apart as the style was the same with only slight differences that can’t be seen in the picture.


On 7/5/2017 6:29 PM, Larry & Marion Hackman wrote:

From: Hackman, Larry

Happy fourth of July Everyone,

I made a Peace Garden run with my family.  They loved the Garden , the Hills, the jumbo burgers- some had two=one at noon and one in the evening, and the tours of the areas where the Hackman’s once farmed.

I put all the pictures I could find for when the Anton Hackmann family were at The Peace Gardens, 80 years ago. There are more pictures on face book, go  to my daughters page [Angie (Hackman) Leintz].  If anyone finds a correction or an addition that should be made, please let me know.  Dick I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of cars the Hackman’s were driving back in the day?

Love You all.  Friend,  Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, – Larry

Hackman 2439-1Larry & Marion Hackman, children, grandchildren and Layla in pink the Great Grandchild, all at the International Peace Garden, ND on July 1,2017.
This is eighty years after my Grandfather Anton Hackmann- Hackman and his family were at the same location with his children, Grandchildren and his great Granddaughter Erna (Walter) Pedersen in 1937.  I did not know this until I started looking at pictures after the trip was made. Enjoy the pictures

Hackman 2439-2
Hackman 2439-3
Grandfather Hackmann ,  Grandmother Elizabeth Hackman,
Aunt Josephine (Hackman) Birkland, Aunt Celia (Hackman) Walters holding daughter Erna (Walter) Pederson,
Other children shown are Birklands? At International Peace Garden, ND 1937
Hackman 2439-4
Hackman family looking down water fall in 1937.Water fall built by the Conservation Corp.as was most structures at the Peace Gardens.

Hackman 2439-5
From Rt. Grandfather Anton Hackmann-Hackman,  August (Gus) Hackman, Clarence Hackman,  Bill Hackman but I could have Bill and Grandpa mixed up?
Hackman 2439-6
Uncle Frank (Fixer) Hackman on the Lt. Dad,Clarence Hackman on the Rt., @2nd from Rt. Grandfather Anton Hackmann-Hackman, 3rd from Rt. August (Gus) Hackman, I think Bill Hackman  with dog,  The next guy with suit , I think uncle Ed Dietrich? Uncle Henry Birkland w/boy? @nd from Lt.——– neighbor Carl Wicks?
Hackman 2439-7
Grandmother Elizabeth Hackman, Celia Walter with Great Grandaughter Erna Walter) Pederson, and Grandfather Anton Hackmann-Hackman at the International Peace Garden,ND in the year of 1937.
Hackman 2439-8
Hackman family vehicles at the Peace Gardens in 1937.  They crowded that one because maybe the parking brake didn’t work and it occasionally slipped out of gear when parked, or the smaller ones just wanted to snuggle with that bigger one.  Your guess is as good as mine.


Joke of the day
Posting from Wally Garbe (Neola’s Husband)

My buddy Tom was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. 

He knew that he would inherit a fortune once his sickly father died.
Tom wanted two things:

• to learn how to invest his inheritance and,

• to find a wife to share his fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

“I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, “but in just a
few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit 20 million dollars.”

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card.

Two weeks later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at estate planning than men…



Blog (613) posted on November 5, 2009


Posted on November 5, 2009

Dunseith (All School) Alumni Reunion 

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

Hi Gary

I just woke up so I better get busy on my “To Do List” before I go to work tonite.

Now for the list of people who said they would attend…in the order that they notified me.

1. Paula Fassett

2. Debbie Fauske

3. Richard & Ele Slyter

4. Diane Winstead

5. Allen Poita & Mark Larsen

6. Billy Grimme

7. Lance & Helen Metcalf

8. Vicki Hiatt LaFountain

9. Charles & Geri Metcalf

10.Gary & Mary Lou Morgan

11.Mel & Kathy Khun

12. Neola Garbe
13. Pete & Verena Gillis

14. Dick & Brenda Johnson

15. Ron Hett

16. Aggie Casavant

If there is someone who notified me and I “messed up” and do not have you on the list,I “SO” apologize and please let me know.

I’m 99.9% sure I didn’t forget anyone, but there is always that chance… I hope this list generates more people that will come…”Don’t make me call you out by name!!!! But you sure are going to get an e-mail from me, if I find your e-mail…..Wink, Wink….. Well gotta go… and unto the next item on my “To Do List”.

Thanks Gary !

Ms. Aggie

Dunseith (All School) Alumni Reunion

Folks, Please let us know if you plan on attending this event. Please let us know even if you are not sure. Aggie and Verena need to know so they can plan accordingly.

This is a personal invitation to each and everyone of you from the hills, from the prairies, from the city of Dunseith, from the surrounding areas and to those from a distance to attend this event. If you like you can just reply to this message and I will pass it along to Verena and Aggie. I will not post any of your replies on the daily blog. I will just pass them onto Aggie and Verena. Those attending from a distance would love to see as many of you local folks as possible too.

Bill Grimme called me several days ago and he told me he plans to attend this great event also. Bill also plans to visit us here in the Philippines in July.

Please just hit the reply button if you plan to attend. Thanks, Gary

To be published in the local papers:

Dunseith (AllSchool) AlumniReunion

May 22, 2010

Dunseith location will be determined by the number of people planning to attend. The Dunseith High School Gym and the Bingo barn are available if enough folks sign up.

4:00pm to 6:00pm – Social Hour – Beverages available for purchase

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Dinner – Potluck or catered to be determined with a survey of those attending.

8:00pm to Midnight – Hwy 43…AKA Dick & Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett

The concept is to have fun by keeping the costs down.

To Attend, please contact one of the following to get your name on the list.

Note: For those of you reading this on the WEB site wishing to attend, just reply by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab on the upper left side of this site page. I receive all those messages. Gary

Aggie Casavant

Verena Gillis

Gary Stokes (360) 362-1222

Mrs. Aus

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


Much thanks to you, is how Neola fits in this picture. I have never met Neola, but we communicated thru e-mails off and on concerning different subjects on the blog. To say she’s been a blessing would be an understatement. Mr.&Mrs. Aus taught school in Minot after leaving Dunseith. A friend of Neola’s knew them quite well, so she contacted them on my behalf and got her address and phone number for me. What a blessing. I can’t wait for the Christmas cards to come out, so I can go find Mrs. Aus that special card for the special teacher…. And speaking of special, I’m looking forward to meeting Neola at the reunion.

Speaking of the reunion, I’ll be sending you the list of people going, tomorrow… I’m on my way out the door to go to work to slay some dragons……either before I get there or after I get punched in…..LOL! Thanks for the connections Gary!

God Bless You,and Take Care

&n bsp; Ms. Aggie

Aggie, Neola has been a god send to our daily blog too. She has provide so much and has connected so many loose ends. She knows so many people everywhere and can make lots of connections. Neola spends a lot of time researching her saved news paper articles, etc looking for stuff for us. She has sure found a whole bunch of stuff too. She has also spent so much time finding, scanning and sending us a whole lot of pictures too. She also keeps us abreast of the current newspaper articles that are published about our folks too.

Neola, we truly do appreciate everything you do. We all know that it takes a lot of time to research, scan and send all the stuff you provide. You, a Bottineau girl, have done so much for us Dunseith folks. It’s such an honor to be your cousin. Thank you, Gary

Mrs. Aus

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

You wondered how I was involved with Aggie/Mrs. Aus. When I read Aggie memory, and she mentioned Mr./Mrs. Aus, I was quite sure she was referring to Perry/Clarice Aus. As you know, Perry is deceased ( He was a large man; I think he had health problems for several years before he passed away.). Perry/Clarice were good friends of Rodney/Sandra Wetzel, who are my good friends. I think, because of this, I had heard about Perry/Clarice before they came to Minot to teach. I can’t remember how many years they taught in Minot. Neither Perry/Clarice taught at Bel Air, where I taught. I understand the Aus’ have a very large/interesting house near Norwich, ND. I’ve never seen it, but I would like to have seen it. Perhaps Aggie will tell us about it after she visits Clarice this spring. 

Now, back to how I’m involved. I located Clarice’s mailing address/phone number on the internet and sent the info to Aggie. The rest, as they say, is history. 


Russell School – Blanche Wicks Schley

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


This is an e-mail that I got yesterday from Blanche Schley. I do not know her personally,but I thought her story was interesting enough to share. Who knows maybe there is someone out there who went to Russell School with her brother and sisters who is familiar with the Lake and Fassette family that she knew during that period of time. I remember an old vacant house down the road west of the school that we referred to as Alias Fassettes.But no one ever lived there when we were growing up. So interesting how this all comes together.

Thanks Gary

Ms. Aggie

From:Blanche Schley (42)

 Tue, November 3, 2009 10:03:00 PM
 Russell school

Is this the school that was near Thorne? My family lived in that area and my sisters and brother attended school there. We lived near a Fassett family and our neighbor was a Mr. Lake. One time when we went back to Dunseith we drove to this Russell school. It was a two story four rooms on each floor (reminded one of the school in Dunseith). Our family moved from the Turtle Mountains to Thorne and then to Dunseith in 1929. I have never known if my father was buy the farm or rented it, but in 1929 he decided not to farm anymore.

We moved to Dunseith and lived there until 1938.

They say that everyone has a story and I really enjoy the stories that are sent to Gary’s blog. Dorothy Schneider was a classmate of mine in grade school as was Alan Campbell and Emerson Murry, Barbara Nelson and Margaret Ann Myhre.

Have a good day!

Blanche Wicks Schley

2005 First Avenue North

Grand Forks, ND

Erling Landsverk’s book

San Haven

From Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA.

Hello Gary,

I was looking back through the email list and was trying to find the information about ordering Mr Landsverk’s book, “My Dakota Years”. Can’t seem to find it. Could you pass along the ordering information, please?

I have read the notes from various people about the San and have been thinking alot about the wonderful days we had as kids living there. It really was an idyllic world for the kids in the 50’s. Our family moved to Minneapolis in the summer of 1958, but we continued to visit the San almost yearly for many years. My grandmother, Alida Higgins had her place at Lake Metigoshi until the early 70’s, I think and we would always drive through the San after visiting the Lake before going on to my parents place in northern Minnesota. Their cabin was at Longville, Minnesota on Girl Lake. My parents lived for many years in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That cabin was no match for Metigoshi when it came to early childhood memories. We took swimming lessons at the little park near “Slemmons Store.” We would swim with the raft we built out of washed up boards out to what I think is Mac Kay Island. My Gramma’s cottage was next to some cabins owned by Bottineau and Minot Families, the Stover’s and I can’t remember the Minot family name. Jay Vanorny and his parents had a cabin a few doors down too. One of these cabins is now owned by Lola’s sister and her husband, a Mr Woods who is related to the Stovers, I think. We looked across at Rugby Point(?). I think most of the cabins over there were owned by Rugby families, but am not sure. I am also not sure what they call “our” side of the lake. After a few years my gramma sold the cabin to my Aunt Pat Black and she eventually sold it to a woman named Robin (also a Stover relative) who is a Veterinarian in Nebraska. We always heard that she planned to rebuild the cabin when she retires. We always stop and look at the cabin when we are in the area. In September, my brother Tom and I stopped. It is still the old cabin. We always remember it as a wonderful place with a beautiful screened porch and amazing fireplace made out of BIG rocks. it also had a huge wooden beam running the length of the main living room. When my husband built our home here in Bellevue, Washington, we tried to build the fireplace like the one Gramma had at the Lake.

It has been amazing to go back and see how small the cabin is really and that the fireplace was not so big either. It is so interesting to revisit the old places of our childhood.

Up until and including the year of the reunion we were always able to drive through the San and even get out and walk around and look at so many places we remembered. When I was born, my parents lived in the Children’s Building. We then moved to one of the Green buildings (I think) and then to one if the two white cottages that was across from the play ground. Eventually we moved to the Superintendent’s House when my dad became the head of the hospital. I only really remember living in that house. It had beautiful furnishings and many rooms to play in. The big enclosed porch on the east side of the house had red brick like linoleum on the floor and I remember practicing my roller skating there for hours. In good weather the kids living at the San would all be out on the sidewalks skating. My brother Tom (born in 1956) was born at home in one of the upstairs bedrooms. My mom had worked in surgery (she gave anesthetics for the surgery cases my Dad was doing) that day he was born and was very tired that night. I think she woke up about 2 AM, she had one pain and then Tom was born. My Mom says that after they cleaned up the baby and everything was taken care of, my dad went up to the hospital and brought home everything you would need to handle any medical emergency. Mom often comments that it was the only time she saw George Loeb not know what to do!!! I still have a visual memory of my dad coming downstairs with a metal pan to show my brother, Bob and my sister, Marianne and I the placenta. He never missed an opportunity to “teach”!! We three older kids were all born at the hospital in Rugby. My sister, Jane was born in Minneapolis after we moved away from the San.

The San was a wonderful place for kids in those days. We ran through the tunnels in the winter and had the most amazing times sledding on the little hills. the North Dakota snow made amazing drifts of hard compact snow that we would climb on and through.

I first watched television at my friend, Carol Jasper’s house. It took a while for my folks to decide TV was OK. Carol and I had wonderful collections of paper dolls which I kept at Carol’s house. I guess my Dad did not approve of “pretend” play with paper dolls. I guess they were a little on the sexist side. Kind of like paper Ken and Barbie dolls, I think. We loved going to the commissary to get the mail and look at comic books and buy candy. I remember a Hersey bar was 5 cents. Outside to the west of the Refectory building where the dining room was was a sidewalk triangle filled with what I remember to be three very large fir trees. We would play inside this treed area, pretending it was a play house, village, a fort and the like. The whole San really was a wonderful place to explore. The last evening before we moved to Minneapolis, I remember walking around to all the special places and saying “good bye” to these favorite places. The rows of holly hocks along the sidewalks where we would catch bees in the flower cups, the playground with swings, of course. There was a big hill below the Commissary building (maybe called the AD Building?) where my dad taught my brother and I to ski. It really was not such a big hill, but it seemed big when we had to sidestep up to the top. I remember how unbelievably cold we would get when we were out in the snow.

I remember our friendships with the other kids who lived at the San. Carol, Jay, the Hoffman’s, the Pearson girls, Link boys, Johnson’s and there were others too. I am just not remembering all the names. It was all such a long time ago. Sadly, I have not kept in touch with these long ago friends.

I better get back to my packing. I leave on Thursday to visit my daughter and her two kids who live in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan!! Go Blue! Such fun being a grandmother.

Take care, and again thanks for all the email postings you send out. Many names are so familiar and it is just fun to read about the place where you come from.

Karen Loeb Mhyre

Folks, I forwarded an advance copy of Karen’s request to Erling when I got her message last night (10 hours ago). Erling has already called her. This is his reply. Gary

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and Everyone:

I received your E Mail requesting information for Karen Mhyre. I called her this morning and had a most delightful conversation with her. It so happens that her mother, Mrs Loeb rode in the same buggy as my sister Borg and I did at the parade in 2007 that comemorated the 125th anniversary of dunseith as a city or village, I believe that was the year. In Addition, her father was the superintendent of the Tuberculosis sanitorioum during the fifties, and I guess we actually spoke to Karen, but in the hub bub of the celebration and the unexpected invitation to ride in the parade, I guess some things just didn’t come to the fore front. Thank you very much for forwarding her request to me. I was able to help her with the book. I would like to add that as I have more and more contact with former North Dakota residents, more esspecially those from our own particular area, the more interesting the history. Now i know I missed out on a lot of good things when we left so early, but of course you know as well as I that when Dad and Mom say lets go, we jump. Maybe its because i am blind now that I wax more sentimental about the Turtle mountains and the immediate area. I am not sure about that because I know how I felt about the hills and the people there when I lived ther , and the affection I felt for the land and for the people has always been with me. I know the living was tough in the 30s, I know because I lived it, but I learned a lot about life, and about the great folks that i met and and associated with. Perhaps its like this: they have been tempered by the harshness of severe winter, the difficulty with economic conditions like the great depression, and how their spirit of independence has made them a cut above the whining populace so often demonstrated in other parts of our country. . Has memory softened reality, I don’t think so, I read the reference to the Pladson boys who pulled us out of mud holes and snow drifts. That wasn’t done for moneyk they didn’t charge a nickel, It was doing something for your neighbor. God bless them. North Dakota folks looked after their own, just like the flooding crisis at Fargo last spring.

Erling Landsverk

Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA


This is a response to Shirley Olson Warcup’s input on your last blog.

Since you graduated, Shirley, the year after I was born, my memories of the past are somewhat different than yours. The Willow Lake Road past the “Pladson Farm” (my older siblings and I still refer to it as the old “home place”) wasn’t that bad as I remember it. But I’m sure it had been somewhat improved when we (my dad and mom and my siblings) lived there. That was in the early 50s. Since you are probably referring to an earlier time frame (mid thirties?), it would probably have been my Grandfather, Olaf and Grandmother, Thyra and there four children living there (though my Aunts may have both been married and gone by then). The two Pladson boys you refer to would then have had to have been my Dad, Elden and my Uncle, Arthur. That generation in my family is now all gone. However, when we were growing up, our dad often entertained my siblings and I with stories of his childhood on that farm and how different things were. Though pulling people through the mud on the road was not something I remember him specifically speaking of, there were many other stories of the use of horses on the farm and around the neighborhood. If it was my family, I’m glad they were able to help you out.

Keith Pladson (66)

Keith, I am only a year older than you, but I remember, Well, you guys living on that place. That would have been my pre-school days. Speaking of the Willow Lake road, I remember the road washing out frequently on the south side of the lake where the creek runs under the road. In the spring, the water used to run over the road. Clarence Bye, the county commissioner, lived close by though and he always got it fixed. Clarence and Helen were such wonderful folks too. We used to visit them often. In retired years, they visited my folks often. Gary

Halloween Story

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Just another story of Halloween tricks from days past. Dad taught in
Rolette from ’58-63 and told about a Halloween prank gone bad. A bunch
of high school kids went to sneak into someone’s yard and tip his
outdoor biffy. They figured the best way was to run up behind it in the
shadow of the building. The owner thought this was probably going top
happen so he moved the toilet toward the light and left the open hole in
the shadow. A tall girl named Lucy Doehlen (sp) was the poor soul who
got there first! They gave her a ride home—but she had to sit on the
front fender of the car! A couple messages ago (#603), Jeri Fosberg
Neameyer mentioned Dad teaching in Rolette and ending his concerts with
‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’. I remember going to most of the
concerts in Rolette. He had some really good singers. One of the boys
sang Mancini’s ‘Moon River’ very well. I think it was Robert Graber. He
also had a girl in choir who had what is called ‘perfect pitch’. If the
song started in a certain key, he would tell her the key and she would
hum in that key—very rare! I believe it was Lynette Gilje. Jeri
Neameyer—help me here! I want to test my memory. I think the Fosberg
kids were–Myrna, Jeri, Deanna, and Chuck, who was my age. I might have
it wrong. If I remember correctly, Myrna married Ross Julson, who was
the coach for Wolford when Les Halvorson played for the Wolves. Les is
married to Myra Henning (DHS ’72). If I have any names or memories
wrong, please correct me. Thanks Gary!


07/05/2017 (2538)

Pride Dairies Vintage Ice Cream
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

I have been thinking a lot  about  a  buzz word  brought forth this past winter  by the media.


Rural kids in childhood on, learned,  practiced, worked and  lived  ‘MINDFUL”.

I spent  a large amount of time in the barn.

There a person had to  focus and pay attention.

Time management was learned by set routines of  morning and night  chores.

Farm kids learned to milk cows by hand and  later with machines.

On  a  family farm to experience sweet success,  everyone had  to work together.

We watched our elders keep animals healthy, well fed and content.

(At our  barn my  parents kept a radio station on country music which seemed to content the critters.)

Needs of the animals  always came before a country breakfast.

Clean  the cream separator, cream can and always a sanitary  milk room.

We drank  whole milk from a milk  cow, not a box purchased from a store.

(We knew chocolate milk didn’t come from Brown cows.)

We knew what day of the week the local dairy truck came to pick up the cream and leave butter.

One came from Pride Dairy. I wonder if Bob Stokes was once a driver?

In the last 50 years, rural area diversified  farms have experienced  extreme changes.

Weathering change as noted in a regional newspaper, is a local creamery.

I go to Pride Dairy to mail  gifts of  various cheese’s, syrup’s  and etc.  away at Christmas.

It is such a delight to be mindful in sharing local  treats to special people who have fond recollections of this area!

Until Later. Vickie

Todays in forum July 4, 2017



K.C. Annual Peace Garden Event
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70 Bottineau, ND

Gary and  Friends of Dunseith,

The local  radio shared a public service announcement  about an  annual event to be held at the  International Peace Garden.

I believe it is to be Sunday Morn t July 9.

I  remember  Debbie Morinville proudly  sharing  her dad, Joe Morinville was very influential and  involved in spear heading this event in the early 1960’s.

“The Dunseith Knights of Columbus council, together with Harvey and Rugby councils in North Dakota and the Brandon council in Manitoba, formed the International Peace Garden Field Mass Association and held their first annual Field Mass in 1960. This Mass is organized every year to bring the Knights from Manitoba and North Dakota together to celebrate the peace between our two great countries.”

Of course thinking about this upcoming  event, I recall my dad and an uncle and possibly Art Seim discussing various community people who  seemed to get along and communicate with every one.

One name brought forth and in agreement with respect was  Joe Morinville.

Ah yes,  The Golden Rule……a cornerstone of Peace.

Until later,



Blog (612) posted on November 4, 2009

Posted on November 4, 2009

Folks, When I went through my messages this morning I remember seeing a request for someone to be added to our distribution list. At the moment I can not find that message. Whoever sent me that request, please send it to me again. Thanks, Gary

Mrs. Aus (Former Teacher)

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

WoW! It’s only 3:35 p.m. Not even 24hrs. since I sent my Russell School story about Mrs. Aus to the blog….I just got off the phone with her,talked with her for an hour….Thank You Neola Garbe for making the connection!!! Thank You so much! It’s hard to beleive Mrs. Aus is 75 yrs.old now,and talks like she just called us in from recess. Amazing! She remembered every detail about Russell School. She remembered everyone of us kids by name and age order,and incidents.It was totally amazing visiting with her… I will be stopping by Norwich on my way back to Bismarck to spend the day with her after the reunion…I can’t wait… Said,she hasn’t gotten involved in the computer age much,and doesn’t have a computer…but maybe just maybe will reconsider…We exchanged addresses,she said she will add me to her Christmas Card list and send pictures…Mmmmm “Christmas Card List” when is the last time you heard that term? Only someone like Mrs. Aus could keep that tradition alive…. Thanks Again Neola…Thank You So Much… Sincerely, Ms.Aggie

Ms. Aggie, Now we are curious. How does Neola fit into this picture? I’m assuming she must know Mrs. Aus. It’s wonderful that you were able to connect with her. Gary

Reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT


My thoughts and prayers are with you, Bernadette, and other family members. Last spring Ron’s sister chose this same path. She had an incurable immune system problem and had tried all treatments–after several years of pain with no hope of a cure, she chose to be taken off life support. She spent her summers in Minnesota and her winters in Arizona. When things got worse last spring she was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas and decided she had had enough. She chose to go to a hospice unit–we went down as soon as they called us. She lived only 7 or 8 hours after they took her off life support. The people at the hospice unit were wonderful. Some of her friends from Arizona were there also–it was a very sad, but peaceful passing. Pat always did things her way–she was strong willed. Even in death, she chose the time!! We miss her, but know we’ll see her again–and considering our ages (Ron’s and mine), it may not be too long.

On another subject–Dick and Brenda just sent me Erling Landsverk’s book. It brought back many good memories. I was born 5 years after Erling, but lived in the same general area and could relate to all that he said. Those were sometimes hard years, but good years also. It’s a wonderful account of life as it was back then. Life was hard physically, but there was a “goodness” in people that made life good. I was 6 years old when we moved to a farm on the prairie. We went to my Grandma Johnson’s house for most holidays and there was one place on the Willow Lake Road where water collected and we often got stuck and had to have our car pulled through the mud. If my memory is correct, I think it was very near the Pladson’s farm. I believe they had a couple boys and these boys always seemed to have a team of horses ready to pull us through the mud. I used to wonder if, on holidays, they harnessed the horses and just waited, knowing there would be someone who would need help. Without that help we would never have gotten to Grandma’s house. A big THANK YOU to whoever it was!!

Shirley Olson Warcup

Reply to Striker family question:

From Dave Wurgler (64): Rugby, ND

Gary: Reading the Striker Family History from Ken kinda made my eyes open wide when I saw the obituary of Alan Allickson. I might be able to help with some history of the Allickson family. My daughter Teri Wurgler is married to Kevin Allickson, who is the son of Allen Allickson. Allens dad and Kevins grandpa was Herman Allickson. Herman married Ethel Lockhart and lived and Farmed north east of Rugby then sold the farm to Allen and moved into Rugby and lived there till their deaths. Ethel Lockhart was a sister to Virgil Lockhart, who married Della Striker. So would that make Allen a great grandson or a grandson? Hope this helps out.. Dave Wurgler (64).

Dave, It is indeed a small world. I am sure that Ken Striker will be getting in touch with you. Gary

Belcourt Police Picture:

Reply from Claudette McLeod (80): Belcourt, ND

Hello Gary,

I forwarded this picture to Duane Gourneau and he made all the corrections of who was who.

Claudette McLeod

Turtle Mountain Outreach

Office (701)244-0199

Fax (701)244-0215

The now deceased members are George Longie, Ken Sayers, Emma Brown, Joe McCloud, Theresa Davis, Lillian LaFountain and Joe Blue. When I find out who the 1st person is in the second row I will let your know… Again, thanks for sharing the pic…..Duane

Row 3 – Francis Thomas, Robert Gourneau, Wilton Vittelson, Gary Falcon, Gary Falcon, Howard Longie and Joe Blue

Row 2 – Unknown person, Emma Brown, Jeanette Grant, Ron Trottier, Joe McCloud, Theresa Davis, Lillian LaFountain and John Vittelson

Row 1 – Doug Manson, George Longie, Larry Laducer, Ken Sayers, LeRoy Jeanotte, Darrell Laducer and Duane Gourneau

07/3/2017 (2537)

Ackworth Cemetery Centennial Celebration
Posting from Glenda Fauske:  Dunseith, ND

Gary Stokes comments:

Thanks Glenda,

Folks, This sounds like fun too.

My Great Grandfather, William Stokes, donated the one Acre of land for the Ackworth Cemetery in 1917. My parents are both buried in Ackworth too.

Please send you donations to

Martin Peterson
10379 35th Ave NE,
Dunseith, ND 58329

Note: Please see clearer PDF posting attached too.


Blog (611) posted on November 3, 2009

Folks, Bernadette’s brother had a stroke several years. As with a lot of stroke victims, he never fully recovered. His right side and his mind were affected. Several weeks ago he started refusing all his medications. Yesterday he had another stroke that has pretty much done him in. He is currently non responsive on life support with no hope of recovery. They are currently making funeral arrangements. With Bernadette being the oldest, they are asking her to make the call for removing his life support. Bernadette has asked that his wife and children make that decision. I think they have agreed to remove his life support when they have his funeral arrangements made. He is living on the Island of Mindanao. Since he is from Cebu, they plan on bringing his body to Cebu for his funeral services and burial. His body will be at our house, on our porch, for 10 days for the 10 days of prayers and then he will be buried in the same grave sight as his father. There are 4 kids in the family with Jose being the only boy. Their youngest sister is married to a Japanese guy and lives in Japan.

Christmas 2008:
Back: Bernadette & her sister Berlinda who lives next door
Front: Jose & Alot who lives in Japan
Belcourt Police – Lillian Burchum LaFontaine:
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND
It was so neat to see the Belcourt police picture. My mother-in-law was Lillian LaFontaine and she took such pride in her job. She died on 9-30-05 and she is truley missed. She was from Dunseith maiden name Burchum and I remember when I first was dating Myron ( he being a divorced man and Lillian being Louies second wife) I remember her saying Well my boy I see you are like your dad you had to go to dunseith to get a good women. I married in to such a wonderful family I have truly been blessed.
Don Nelson:
Request from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ & Williston, ND
Hi Gary, thanks so much for all your work sending your daily blogs to us
older alumni of Dunseith High. Would you please include Don and Sharon
Nelson (my nephew) who lived with us nearly his entire life (mainly with
Orvin and Mom Hagen) He will know many of the people who write. His
e-mail address is : Thanks, Tom Hagen
Don or Donnie as Orvin would say. You are for sure Orvin Hagen’s kid. I know he and his mother raised you, after your mother died. She died when you were, I think, still a baby. Your mother was Orvin’s sister. Many of our folks will remember and know you.
Orvin was the head Gardener at the Peace Garden for years too. He still loves his flowers. What a great guy he was and continues to be today. Many of us had Orvin for a 4-H leader. He was a 4-H leader for nearly the entire duration of the Mountaineers 4-H club. That would have been 25 to 30 years. What dedication. Gary
Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN
Hi Gary and Dick Johnson,
I do remember Halloween in Dunseith, what fun times. The oil drums at Lamoureux’s Garage were a target for every generation. They would get rolled throughout the town, blocking streets, doors, and riding on the merry-go-round at the school. Out door “biffies” were also a prime targets especially Adrian Eggberts. After a while Adrian began moving his biffy around so you never knew for certain where the hole was, talk about offering up a challenge to Teens! One Halloween we went out to trick one of the local farmers, we sat on the corral fence flipping a penny to see who would have to go throw the switch on the main pole for the farm. That way the farmer couldn’t turn on the yard lights and catch us. But this farmer was waiting for us, he was sitting in the hayloft of the barn right above our heads. (He must have been laughing as he watched us light a match to read the penny to see who would throw the switch) I lost and ran to throw the switch but the farmer had already thrown the stitch so when I hit the switch it was like Christmas, every light on the farm came on!!!! The farmer let go with a blast of buckshot into the air and kids scattered everywhere. I was farther from the car then anyone else but was the first one back, I didn’t even wait for the door to get opened, I jumped through the window. That was one Halloween that the farmer had a much better time than the kids doing the Halloweening. It seems the community put up with a lot of monkey business.
Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956
Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
To Dick J.
I couldn’t help but smile reading your memories of “trick or treat” night back in the days. I distinctly remember my Mom and Dad talking about the Sy Kadry outhouse incident…That was crazy…. I remember of hearing about the bike incident at the top of the flag pole.That was totally funny.And the paper bag full of “cow stuff” I remembering hearing about,but don’t recall an actual incident of it…but Russell Pigeon does come to mind….don’t know why…maybe cuz he rode our bus,and he would always have a story.
I came across your other story,about country schools. WoW everything you mentione was right on. The globe,big map.picture of the president. Your dad was right of hearing the same grade subjects over and over again,cuz there was 4 grade classes in one room. Our family went to Russell School. There was like 30 kids from the 1st to the 8th grade. It was divided into 2 rooms. They were called “big room” and “little room”.We went to school in Dunseith before I got to the “big room”. I started in Dunseith in the 5th grade.
I remember when Mr.and Mrs.Aus came to teach at Russell School. They drove this big shiney black cadillac.We only lived like 1/8 of a mile east of the school.One day they were driving around looking at the countryside,when our Mom saw them coming down the road a ways. She told us kids, ” The new school teachers are coming down the road,go sit out on the fron’t steps and wave to them,and say hi” so we all ran out and lined up on the front steps.They were coming down the road pretty slow,but came to a crawl when they saw all of us kids,lined up on the steps,all waving and giving a shout out,HHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!! I remember big Mr.Aus waving and laughing,and Mrs. Aus smiling and waving. (We only lived like 75ft from the road,so we both got a pretty good look at each other) Later as Mr. Aus got to know our family better,he told us that, the day they drove past and saw all us kids,he told Mrs. Aus “I beleive this half our school right here”. Mr.and Mrs. Aus was so nice to us kids. They lived in the basement of the school,and sometimes,on Friday nites after all the other kids went home,they would have us kids over. They were campers,so they would clear the classroom,and would set up a tent in the classroom,and show us all there camping equipment,and feed us hot dogs and ice cream,and the “BEST” choclate cake.
I remember how sad to tears us kids were when they were going to close Russell School,cuz we would never see Mr.and Mrs. Aus again.I remember those being some sad,scarry summer months leading up to our first day of school in this “Big City School” without Mr.and Mrs. Aus.One day us kids walked across the field to say good-bye. I remember Mrs.Aus giving us a hug,and saying,”Guess what? Were going to teach in Dunseith…she said,”We just aren’t ready to say goodbye to our kids…Wheather that really played a part in it or not, it sure did make us feel loved and special.
Mrs. Aus had her classroom in the old gym up on the stage. Everyday for some time a couple of us kids were visiting her on our lunch hour.I didn’t realize it at the time,but I believe Mr.and Mrs. Aus knew in there hearts what a comfort they were to us kids during our transition.
Mr.and Mrs. Aus taught a couple years in Dunseith,then eventually moved back to Norwich,where Mr.Aus farmed his Dad’s land.Us kids were in touch with them over the years off and on. My family said they saw them I think at a reunion of some kind about 8 yrs.ago. Mr. Aus has since past away…I think Mrs.Aus still lives on the farm,her sons farm the land… I guess I’ll be looking up Mrs.Aus when I come home in May… I hope I didn’t wait too long… Ms. Aggie
Striker Family Information Request:
From Ken Striker: Dayton OH

Gary- I am forwarding an obit for Alan H Allickson. I would like to learn more about the family. He would have been a gr-grand son of settler Wm Elmer Striker (see H1c1 below):May 18, 1945-July 4, 2008 RUGBY: Alan Howard Allickson, 63, Rugby, died Friday, July 4, 2008, in a Minot hospital.He was born May 18, 1945, to Herman and Ethel Allickson in Rugby. He married Beth Hancock June 22, 1968, in Willow City. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964 until 1970. Survivors: wife; sons, Jay and Kevin, both Rugby; daughter, Tracy Corum, Rugby; seven grandchildren; sister, Roberta Heim, Amherst, N.Y.Funeral: Tuesday, 2 p.m., First Lutheran Church, Rugby.Burial: Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby

H1 William Elmer Striker b 14 Aug 1862 d 19 Dec 1953 Seattle King Co. WA
+Adele Schefter (16 Mar 1864- 2 Nov 1918) m 12 Jul 1884 Adams Co, IN. According to a W.E. Striker History written by Sylvia Lockhart Bergan of Bottineau N.D., on the occasion of the Dunseith Centennial of 1983, William Elmer and family left Berne IN in April of 1900 headed for North Dakota. They settled in Rolette Co about 13 miles north of Dunseith N.D, which is about a mile from the Canadian border. They came in two boxcars. William and the livestock were in one and the mother and children arrived earlier. William was a farmer and a blacksmith. Adele died from a flu epidemic of 1918. Adele is buried at Rolette Co ND Little Prairie Cem. In 1943 he and his daughter Ellen moved into Dunseith and later they moved to Seattle. He died at the age of 91. H1d1 Sylvia Bergan Lockhart and I corresponded in the mid 80’s. She was a big help with the Wm Elmer Striker family. H1j3 Joy Peterson provided update in 2009. Joy writes: “the house that my granddpa Striker and Auntie Ellen lived in at Dunseith is just across the street from me. We lived on a farm up by the International Peace Garden. My youngest son Scott is on the farm and lives in Dunseith.”

H1a Pearl Striker b March 1884 died ca 1895 age 11
H1b Perry Striker 1886 died as an infant
H1c Della Striker b 1 Aug 1887 Berne IN d 1971 Della was the eldest of the family
+Virgil Lockhart Sr. b 25 Jun 1879 Della is buried at Egeland Union Cem. ND
H1c1 Ethel Lockhart b 1908 Towner Co ND
+Herman Allickson b ab1906 4 children