09/01/2017 (2557)

San Haven
Question from Carrie Bishop: 

Can you tour the san haven sanatorium or tour the grounds?


My cousin’ Jack’s granddaughter
Posting from Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,


Jessica is the grand daughter of Jack and Mae Metcalfe.

Jack, my first cousin was the 4th son of  Bill and Mary.

Numerous fond memories of those near and dear in my childlike heart and the family farm endure.

When I was a small child Jack came to work for my parents.

Jack’s  strong work ethic,  positive personality,  kindness, his heart full of laughter. endeared him to mom and dad.

At that time, whenever a free moment, he also began working hard in  teaching himself to  play banjo.I imagine now,  it  sounded awful, but Jack had a  strong will to keep playing over and over and over. I felt the fondness and familial love between my parents and Jack.

Then, he went away. He’d left with his brother Billy  to serve our country  against….. Korea. Actually Billy and Jack were on the same ship in the navy.  (I discovered through genealogy inquiries, a number of  our families Scottish ancestors were sailors.)

“Home is the sailor home from the sea” . After his service, Jack returned to his family farm and continued to help out my parents.

One chllly March  day, Jack brought Barney the horse pulling the  stone boat around  to the house. He put my older sister on the bed of hay and off they went leaving me behind.   HMM! Through the woods and across snowy fields to her first day of  first grade at Seim School.

“You are too young to go to school”,  said my mother.    HMM!  I angrily thought,  “I am always told, I am too big to be carried and now I am too young for school.” Soon Jack came back, put Barney in the barn and entertained me through his morning coffee time.

When our littlest  sister was born in  June, my older sister stayed with Fafa and KingFra and went to Seim school, I got to stay with Jim and Ella’s family! Yes!

And Jack  continued to do chores and ‘batch’ with dad for a whole week!

Jack always told humorous  tales of that week with my dad. He said,  “Lottie didn’t leave us to go hungry she left a BIG ham.”

“Before each meal Cliff would say  “What do you want to cook to eat?”Jack replied, “I don’t  know how to cook ” Cliff would say ‘How about HAM?

“So for the week every day.  It was ham.  In the morning in Cliff made fried ham and eggs, at  noon (dinner) we ate Lottie’s homemade bread and  fried ham sandwiches, and  at supper  more fried ham and  fried eggs”.

Now Jack grew up eating his mothers cooking.  His   mom was a phenomenal cook!  But Jack never was one to complain but  endured  Uncle Cliff’s cooking ham..

Well things  got back to be somewhat normal with little sister and mom returning home.

Then, soon it was haying time again.

Our house  rang with laughter and fun stories whenever Dad and Jack were together at dinner or supper..

And soon the sound of Jacks banjo rang too!  At that time in my life I decided  someday I was going  to play banjo too.

T’was not to be. I  should have figured, I like to play the radio and  dance.

I was not an instrumental person when couldn’t master the Jews Harp  which Uncle Archie gave me when I was six.,.

Years move on. People move on. Things move on.

But fond memories always close by.

In the past, I heard a Dolly Parton song  and  I’d  always think of  (cousin) Jack.

Whenever Jack came back to the Turtle Mountains he always graced our home with a visit.

Mom would say did you bring your banjo?”

and  I.

I would say ……….”Play a song for me (Apple). ..Cousin Jack”……..”cousin Jack”


Until Later,
Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (631) posted on November 23, 2009

Posted on November 23, 2009

Birthday card shower for Kenrose Medlang who will be 90 on Thanksgiving day.

Folks, If you haven’t already done so, please send Kenrose a birthday card. She will be 90 on Thursday. We need to make her day. Even if your card gets there a day or so late, that will be fine. I sent her a letter with several pictures last week that I know will not arrive until after her birthday. Gary

Kenrose Medlang

RR #1 Box 128

Dunseith, ND 58329-9451

(701) 263-4232

Rispa’s, Lund’s, Crawford

Reply from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ

Gary, I had to jump in here when you mentioned those who lived by Long
Lake and we knew well such as Johnny Crawford and Leonard Lund. Ole
and Grace Rispa were our nearest neighbors and I was often sent with a
message to Rispa’s and had quite a time talking to Mrs. Rispa. One
time Albert (who did a lot of mechanic work for us)got a Model T and
stopped at our house. He asked if we wanted to ride and of course , we
did. We thought we were practically flying but with no top it just felt
like it, ha!!!! We were probably going about 20 mph. Rispa’s had , I
think 3 or 4 beautiful Percheron dapple gray horses they used for
farming and they were a sight to see and so powerful pulling the

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

I actually recieved this message about a week ago from Keith:

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Alice and I and some neighbor friends just got back from a week in Myrtle Beach, SC. We had a great time and attended some really entertaining shows. Myrtle Beach is a fun vacation destination. Unfortunately, like many other vacation locations in the US, Myrtle Beach has become very commercialized. So for us older generation, its best to go there in the off season. We’ve actually been there three previous times to include once in the summer, and learned from that trip that the off season was best (less people, less traffic, more space on the beach, etc.). In any case, we had a wonderful time and beautiful weather for the first four days with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies. Then the remnants of hurricane Ida moved in and we got a lot of wind and rain and high surf — though Ida got a lot meaner as she moved further north into NC and the Virginia Beach,VA area. I would think Aggie Casavant also got hit with some of the remnants of Ida over where she lives near Charlotte, NC (though she lives in SC).

Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

This is a picture of the DHS basketball team in March of ’67. It’s
from the Dist. 14 tournament in Belcourt. Thanks Gary!


Bernadette’s Brother Jose.

Folks, I mentioned about 10 days ago or so that Bernadette’s brother had another stroke. He and his wife and also their oldest boy and his family live on the big Island of Mindanao. On Saturday August 7th a team of nurses along with Jose’s wife brought him over to our place. It was a 12 hour ferry boat ride. Jose and his wife are currently in one of our apartments that we gave to their son who is living in Mindanao. They are living in our compound, but not with us directly in our house. This last stroke pretty much did Jose in. He is pretty much in a vegetative state with a tube running through his nose and down his throat for feeding. We have hired two RN’s and two helpers to watch and care for him around the clock. We know the end is very near. I have let it be known that if I am ever in that state that I want all life supports removed. The doctors have said he will never recover and will always be in a vegetative state. The Filipino’s have strong belief’s that big miracles can happen. Bernadette is well aware of reality, but Jose’s family I think is having false hopes. Gary

Christmas 2008
Bernadette’s Brother Jose. He had his first stroke 4 years ago.

Ackworth Alumni reunion in the 80’s or 90’s

Lori Hiatt in the foreground. Not sure who the little girl is.

In the Back: Norman Hiatt talking to Willis Bowers and Russell Fauske.

Gary Stokes with the red cap

July 29, 2001
Elaine Stokes (Mom) on her 80th Birthday

08/30/2017 (2556)

Stanley Thompson, our 1st cousin and friend, obituary
Posting from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Stanley D. Thompson, 61, Minot, died Friday, August 25, 2017 in a Minot hospital.
Stan Thompson was born on March 1, 1956, the son of Stanley & Julia (Kraft) Thompson in Rugby, ND. He was raised in Dunseith and graduated from Rolette High School in 1974. He furthered his education by attending the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton.

On September 20, 1975, Stan was united in marriage to Corinne Mongeon in Rolette, ND. They made their home in Minot and Stan worked for the Sheet Metal Workers Union throughout North Dakota. He later worked for Mowbray and Son until 2009, when he retired due to health issues.

He enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, playing softball, hunting and fishing. He loved spending time at his cabin at Deepwater Bay and the many friendships made with the cabin neighbors. He was a very positive person, never complained and enjoyed being active. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Stan is survived by:
Wife of 41 years, Corinne; Children: Aaron (Kristi) Thompson, Larae (Scott) Ketcham, Amber (Teton) Wilson, and Jeremy (Tori) Thompson; six grandchildren: Candice, Brek, Conner, Arianna, Kayden, and Brayden; one sister: Carol Gilje.
Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation:  Monday, August 28, 2017 from 3-6 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot

Vigil Prayer Service: Monday, August 28, 2017 at 6 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11 am at St. Leo The Great Catholic Church, Minot

Burial:  Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot


Marlene Rude Soland Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Gary’s Comment

Marlene’s Parents, Martin and Lucille Rude lived on the east side of Long Lake located about 2 miles south, the way the crow flies, from Salem church on Highway 43. Martin was well known for his old machinery collections. Most noted is his collection of Threshing Machines that are displayed near his son Kenny’s, now diseased, buildings just east of where they used to live. Leroy is the only surviving member of that family.


There were four Rude brothers, Albert, Alfred, Martin and Henry, that live in the general area south and west of Salem church.  Albert and Alfred were twins. They married sisters, Gladys and Viola Bjornseth, daughters of Eric and Cora. Martin and Henry lived in the Long Lake area. LaVerne Rude, son of Albert and Gladys, is married to Carrole Fauske.


Marleen Mae Soland

July 29, 1939 – August 24, 2017

Marleen Soland, age 78 of Bottineau, died Thursday at a Bottineau nursing home surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Lakeside Chapel at Lake Metigoshe.

Marleen Mae Soland, a daughter of Martin Henry and Lucille Mae (Berg) Rude, was born on July 29, 1939 at her family home in the Turtle Mountains near Long Lake.  She was married to Paul Pederson and this marriage later ended.  On August 3, 1968, she married Arlan Soland. Arlan passed away on June 23, 2015. Through the years Marleen worked as a nurse’s aide, trapper, upholsterer, house keeper, seamstress, dairy farmer, store clerk, and senior companion. Though she worked many positions throughout her lifetime, her heart remained on the farm. She loved spending time with her cows and chickens.

In her earlier years, Marleen was known for her large garden. She spent many hours working in the garden and selling vegetables.    Marleen cherished her time with her grandchildren and great-children; they always brought a smile to her face. 

She is survived by sons, Todd Pederson, Terry (Jodie Anderson) Pederson and Shawn Soland all of Bottineau; daughters, Marla (Joe) Stevenson of Bottineau, Melanie (Scott) Werre of Baldwin and Angie (Darin) Nelson of Bottineau; 26 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother, LeRoy Rude and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Rude, and 1 grandchild, Terry Langham.

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

Martin and Lucille Rude Family

Marlene Rude Soland Family
Marlene family


Blog (630) posted on November 22, 2009

Posted on November 22, 2009

Erling Landsverk’s book “My Dakota Years”


Folks, Dick and Brenda Johnson sent me a copy of Erling’s book. Last night my plans were to read a chapter or two, but before I knew it, I had read the whole book. Erling, being 21 years younger than you, I can still relate to a lot of what you talk about in your book. Your stories brought back a lot of my childhood memories too, but they were not quite to the severity of your times. I remember the no electricity days, the wood stoves, the one room schools, the dirt roods, etc. I remember a lot of the folks you talk about in your book too. To name a few, the Halvorson’s, the Hagen’s, the Johnson’s, the Lund’s, the Rispa’s, the Crawford’s and more. I got a letter a while back from Charles Hagen. He is living in VA. His wife passed away a few years ago. He recently remarried. Ole Rispa was 100 years old in 1982. He was in the 1982 Dunseith Centennial parade. I remember his wife speaking only Norwegian. Orvin Hagen, their Neighbor, could speak Norwegian, so he could talk to her. Albert, their son, lived with them too. How well I remember Johnny Crawford making his rounds around the hills selling garden seeds and other miscellaneous items. In my day Johnny Crawford lived next door to Leonard Lund on the west side of Long Lake. Johnny Crawford’s sister Eva was married to George Hiatt. They had 12 children. Many of their grandchildren are on our distribution list. Albert (deceased) was the oldest and lived a very short distance north of Herman/Charles Hagen’s in my day. One of their daughters, Leola Lagerquist, currently lives about a half mile north of the home place. Nick Lund lived to be 104 years old. His wife was a sister to my dads adopted mother.


I’ll never forget the year that the ND game and fish department killed off a lot of the fish in Long Lake. I don’t remember the reason for them doing that, but the dead fish all floated to the top of the water. We and a whole bunch of other folks used to go over to Leonard Lund’s recreational area on the west side of Long Lake on Sunday after afternoons. The women would visit, the men would play horse shoe and we kids would go swimming and also do a little fishing off of the dock. Johnny Crawford, who lived next door to Leonard, was a very conservative type of a guy and could never let anything go to waste. He always had a large garden space between his house and Leonard’s. This particular year he gathered up all the dead fish he could gather from the lake and lined them up sideways, not end to end, on his garden rows for fertilizer. Needless to say things smelled kind of ripe for awhile in that neighborhood. Gary




Zorn Family:

Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD


I remember Bill Zorn as this very large, blond gentle man. He was head of the Sunday School at the Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Myron was in our class of 65 although he did not graduate with us. When we were in the 6th or 7th grade, Pam (Fassett) and I would ride our bikes to their farm south of town. Pam had a crush on Dennis at the time and I was quite infatuated with Myron. I still have a ring that he gave to me. I don’t know if any of them remember this, but it sticks out in my mind. I am truly sorry for the loss of Myron’s son, but know that strong faith in God helps get us through. Prayers and best wishes to all the family in this hard time. Susan



Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/09:

Message from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND.


OK, I know the class of ’67 wasn’t the closest class ever, so far as friendships go, BUT I am upset to see that I am the only one on Aggie’s list…HURRY UP PEOPLE!!!! Let’s do this. Bev is teaching us a lesson here, we may not get another chance. So take/make the time to join us on May 22, 2010. You are going to miss a lot of fun if you don’t.

P.S. How’s that sound Aggie??? lol


Follow up reply from Ele

I need to appologise to Diane Wenstad..I completely overlooked you on the list yesterday. To the rest of ’69 tho, I repeat “where are your names on the list?” Let’s get movin’ folks so Aggie can make room for us.



Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/09:

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


Hi Gary,


Just a note to say that there is a couple local peoples names that I have not seen on the roster,so I’m going to give them a shout out over the blog Rod Hiatt, Marvel Hill…sorry Marvel I know you have a differnt last name now but I don’t remember it….the Campbell’s,and I know your not locals anymore Fauske girls,and Russell and Brian,but I sure hope you make it. I chatted with Pennie & Cheryl Kester,Cheryls a serious maybe,and Pennies pretty sure. Sooooooo who knows what the roster will be by the time we wrap this up.


Gotta Run…………… Aggie

Follow up reply from Aggie:

P.S. I forgot someone really important for me to see….. “Pam Fugere Schmitt from Bismarck” Hope you make it Pam!!! Aggie



Marian Berube’s obituary Provided by Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.


Folks, With a little research I discovered that Marian’s father, Wilfred Cote from Bottineau was a brother to Alfred Cote from Dunseith. With that relationship, Marian was related to lots and lots of the Dunseith folks. Marian’s husband, Andre, was a brother to Mrs. Art (Eve) Seim, who is Margaret Seim Lawston’s (54) Mother. Gary

I recieved these next four postings after putting some of today’s blog together before going to bed last night. Gary


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


Hi Gary, In reply to your inquiry, Marian Berube was my aunt married
to Andre Berube, brother to Fortune, Edward, Lawrence, Phillip and
Louis. She was a Cote girl from Willow City. Thanks for all the
blogs. I enjoy! Margaret Seim Lawston



Reply from Rachael Berube Franchuk (62): Bend, OR

Hi Gary, In response to Marian’s death. She was married to Andre Berube, brother to my Father Lawrence Berube, to Fortune and to Eva Sime, sister. There were in total 14 children in the Berube family of Arthur and Victorine who lived in Rolla during my childhood. Marion was also a neice of my Grandfather, Alfred Cote, Dunseith, and a first cousin to my Mother Fern Cote Berube.

Aunt Marian was a delightful lady! I remember her smile and laughter and that yummy glorified rice!

Rachael Berube Franchuk


Reply from Angela Berube Malget (65): Minneapolis, MN

Hi Gary and All,

Your assumptions were correct in that Eva Seim was a sister to Lawrence
and Fortune Berube. Their brother, Andre, married Marian Cote. She is
my mother’s (Fern Cote Berube Lagasse) first cousin. Her parents were
Flora and Wilfred Cote (my grandpa Alfred Cote’s brother). Marian and
my mother married brothers – Lawrence (my father) and Andre Berube.
They had five children: Stephen, Diane, Art, Rich, and Duane. Andre
died in 1994. I had posted a picture some time ago of Andre along with
my Uncle Urbain Cote (mom’s brother). This family history can
certainly become confusing after a while. With all you have going on
Gary, I’m amazed at how you keep everything straight! Sadly, I have no
uncles left and very few aunts. I guess that’s what happens when we
ourselves become seniors. The funeral services for Aunt Marian are on
Tuesday, November 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church in Wolf Point, Montana. I don’t have a complete obituary yet.

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone. For all those who are suffering
from illness and loss of loved ones, may you find comfort and healing in
the days ahead.

Thanks Gary for all you are doing for all of us and best wishes to you
and your family. Perhaps you can tell us how you will be celebrating
Thanksgiving on your side of the world.

Angela Berube Malget

Angela, with your reminder, I remembered that picture. I have posted it below. Gary


Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary,


I have attached a family group sheet of Arthur & Victorine Mongeon Berube for you. You are correct about Fortune being a part of this family.  Hope this helps you some. I don’t have all this family’s information, but I am sure it’ll help you remember people in this family.



Folks, please Berube family attached. Gary


Marian Lorraine Cote Berube



Visitation: will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday November 23, 2009 with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point, MT.


A Mass of Christian Burial: will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 24 at Immaculate Catholic Church in Wolf Point
Interment: to follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.


Marian Lorraine Cote Berube, age 85, of Sidney, MT formerly of Wolf Point, MT passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Angel Avenue, Sidney Extended Care. Marian was born on August 8, 1924 in Bottineau, N.D. to Wilfred and Flora Cote. She was the 3rd oldest of four boys and six girls. Marian married Andre Berube on April 29, 1946 and to this union four sons and one daughter were born. He passed away in 1994.


Marian enjoyed fishing, boating and camping, sewing, quilting and baking. She enjoyed the activities of her grandchildren; going to their basketball and baseball games. She was a member of the St. Catherine’s group of the Altar Society. Marian will be remembered by her family for always being there for them.


Marian is survived by all five granddaughter Christina (Rod) Gehring of her children, son Stephen (Rita) Berube of Glendive,MT and family: grandson Craig (Gretchen) Berube, Kyle and Ryan Berube all of Laurel, MT and Derek and Scott Berube of Billings, MT; daughter Diane (James) Maki of Maple Grove, MN; son Arthur (Shirley) Berube of Cedar Park, TX and family: granddaughter Grace (Wayne) Donovan and Isabella Donovan all of TX, granddaughter Andrea (Jeff) Crause and Madyson and Braden Crause all in the western US; and grandson Curtis Berube of Cedar Park, TX; sonRichard (Debbie) Berube and family: granddaughter Christina (Rod) Gehring and Shaelee, Tryegon, Kilyn Gehring all of KS and grandson Darren Gehring of TX; and son Duane (Nikki) Berube and granddaughter Lexi Berube of Sidney, MT; sisters and brothers: Florence McCann of Moorhead, MN, Rose Ann (Maurice) Knoepfle of Portland, OR, Yvonne (Gordon) Boucher of Rolette, ND, Gerald (Bernice) Cote of Seattle, WA and Emede (Olive) of Williston, ND.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Andre; two brothers, Ralph and Clarence Cote and one sister, Luella Vorhees.


Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday November 23, 2009 with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point, MT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 24 at Immaculate Catholic Church in Wolf Point with Fr. Anselm Odwith interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Marian to a charity of ones choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at csmc@nemont.net or www.stevensonandsons.com . Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Picture previoulsy posted with message 87 on 4/29/08:

By Angela Berube Malget (65): Minneapolis, MN


Back row: Ydola Pigeon, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett , Betty Watshke, Urbain Cote.
Middle row: Howard Landsverk, Bernice Olson Johnson,
Bob Molgard, Shirley Sunderland
Front row: Patty McAtee, Andre Berube


08/28/2017 (2555)

Good day folks,

Sorry I didn’t get a blog posted last Friday. To many things going on and wasn’t able to get it posted.

This morning I notice signs of termites in my closet. Our house is cement base, so we don’t have a lot of wood other than for closet framings, etc. Being in the tropics, Termites are a problem. They come up through small cracks in the Cement and get into the closet wood framing. They operate in darkness in the wood and between the wood and the cement wall. They leave a residue that falls to the floor and shelves below. I called the exterminator and they will be here this afternoon.



Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply From Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND


I didn’t know anything about the Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connection, but I did have the pleasure of knowing Harold Holdaas in his retired years. Harold became a good friend of my dad, Howard, as well as the rest of our family when we had the PMU horses. Harold spent a lot of time out at my folks farm and was always around whenever we were rounding up or working horses. He was always full of BS and we looked forward to when he would come back in the summer. I believe that his son Ken was a big part of Bottineau’s football team back in his high school days and Luann was a very personable and beautiful girl in high school who dated by brother Earl when he was a senior. Harold and his wife were good people that raised a great family.



Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply Keith Pladaon (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC

My thanks to all those who provided input on my earlier question to you, Gary, reference the possible Holdaas connections.  My question was certainly answered.  Though I really don’t know any of the Holdaas’ personally my curiosity pushed me to write.  The input shows how I’m connected to all of the Holdaas’ and also how, in a long winding way, I’m connected to the Monson’s, the Martin’s, the Sather’s, the Kamrud’s and the Solpher’s (and perhaps many more).  I can’t say I remember individuals by these names, but I certainly recognize most of the names (either from my childhood, discussions with my siblings over the years or my years in Bottineau before I entered the US Army).

I know it has been said that if you are from the Turtle Mountains (to include Dunseith and Bottineau) and you go back far enough you will probably find you are related to most everyone else.  Thanks again.

P.s.  Hope you and Bernadette are able to make the trip and that Bernadette’s health allows her to enjoy it.


Blog (629) posted on November 21, 2009

Posted on November 21, 2009

Posting from Bev Morinville Azure’s Carringbridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bevazure

Shanda Azure Campbell (94): Minot, ND.

To All that have sent words of different treatments thank you so much I know I have been very private with what is going on with my mom and yes she does have squamous cell carcinoma and it is the same cancer that was in her tongue however this cancer has moved it is now all over her body I am not gonna go into details cause some may not want to know . However if you do want to know you are welcome to call my brother Cody or myself are numbers are a few posts down….I will tell you all this our mother and my fathers wife is one strong lady (not that we didn’t know this) !! However as it was spoken the other night sometimes when we know it is our time we know and she says she knows it is her time and as much as that pains me I also find a warm comfort in that she is ready to go home to our LORD …. So friends and family instead of feeling the pain and grief as I know we all will feel please hold on to the happy times and remember that Bev Azure is one tough women!!!!!

Thank you Verena Gillis:

From Ann Boppre Perry (72): Dunseith, ND.

Dear Gary and all,

First, I want to extend a PUBLIC big thanks to Verena Gillis for heading
up the benefit for Bev (1972) and Clarence (1970) Azure.
We here at DHS work with Clarence every day and miss him as he is with his
wife in Monot.
Verena has been such a geat organizer. As she herself is helping her
husband go through a difficult time as well.

Second, I did get to see Bev yesterday and as always she said tell
everyone “hi” and “thanks”. I told her to have Shonda check the blog
since so many of you have responded here to send her greetings.
Thanks from me, a friend and classmate of “72!!

Thanks to Gary for this wonderful site……….
Ann Perry (Boppre)

W4 (US Army Retired) Ron Longie (65)

Reply from Marge Longie Wilcox (56): Vancouver, Wa


I do agree with you that Ron Longie should be saluted for his many years of active duty in the guards and service in the Guard.

Not only is he my brother… but I am proud of Ron for his service for our country.

Marge wilcox

Thank you Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Reply from Shanda Azure Campbell (94): Minot, ND.

Dear Gary ,

Upon reading the daily blog I read something posted by Neola about sending her caramels to the troops I for one think this is a amazing idea !! And I would like to let her know that as things being to calm down in my life with all that my mother (Bev Morinville Azure) is going through I would love to offer my help ! As we go day to day in our lives no matter what is going on we still have many brave men and women fighting for this country and its the unselfless acts of kindness that make my heart warm in these trying times !! So to Neola THANK YOU !!!!!

Shonda Campbell (Azure)
Army Brat and Air Force Wife

Marian Berube Passed away:

SIDNEY – Marion L. Berube, 85, of Sidney, formerly of Wolf Point, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Sidney Health Center.

Marion Berube was married to Mrs. Art (Eva) Seim’s brother. I’m not sure of his name, but I’m assuming he was related to the Dunseith Berube’s possibly a brother to Fortune & Lawrence?? Margaret Seim Lawston and the Berube family, please correct me if I’m wrong. I know that Fortune and Lawrence came from large families and I have always assumed that Eva was their sister??? Gary

Ryan Zorn, Son of Myron (65) and JoAnn Zorn was killed in Iraq:

Thank you Vickie Metcalfe (70), Eileen Brudwick & Neola Kofoid Garbe for providing this article:

Zorn Myron & JoAnn 346 Willow Creek Dr Wright, WY 82732 (307) 464-1359

Wyoming soldier killed in Iraq

JEREMY PELZER Casper Star-Tribune | Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:00 am

Associated Press
An Army carry team carries a transfer case Tuesday containing the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Zorn, of Upton, Wyo., died while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

CHEYENNE — Whenever Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn could lend a hand, he didn’t hesitate.

“Anybody who needed any kind of help, he’d help them,” said Laura Oliver, who knew Zorn since he was a student in her church youth group. “No matter what it was — starting a car, or whatever the case may be. Ryan was a dependable person, I can tell you that.”

Zorn, 35, was killed Monday near the city of Talifar in northwestern Iraq when his armored vehicle overturned. A resident of Wright who grew up in Upton, he was the 25th serviceman with ties to Wyoming to be killed in Iraq since 2003.

A communications expert with the 311th Military Intelligence Unit of the 101st Airborne Division, Zorn had been helping Iraqis to develop their own communications and intelligence operations, said his mother, JoAnn Zorn. He was serving his third tour of duty in Iraq.

“He loved his country, and he loved serving his country, and that’s what he lived for,” said JoAnn Zorn.

That included acting as Santa Claus for others in his unit. In December 2005, during his second tour in Iraq, he called his parents after noticing some of the service members he worked with weren’t receiving Christmas presents or mail from back home.

“He asked his dad (Myron) and I to take money out of his savings account and buy gifts,” JoAnn Zorn said. “He didn’t want them to know it was coming from him — he wanted us to put our names on it. And that way, they would have a gift to open on Christmas.”

When Ryan’s parents mentioned his request to friends, six families volunteered to each “adopt” a serviceman in his unit, and shipped care packages with movies, candy, baby wipes, clothes, baked goods and Christmas hats.

“They kept sending all these boxes over to Iraq, and (Ryan’s) commander finally said, ‘You got to get to opening some of these, Ryan.’ Because he didn’t have any room to hardly crawl into his bed,” JoAnn Zorn said.

“And then that’s when Ryan said, ‘They’re not for me. These kids have been adopted out, and it’s all for the soldiers over there,’ ” she said.

Many who knew Zorn said both his family and his Christian faith were very important to him.

When deployed, he would rarely go for long periods without calling his mother. And when he returned home, he would play with his two nieces, giving them presents and telling them stories about his experiences overseas.

Kay Johnson, a neighbor and friend of Zorn’s, said she never saw him lose his temper when home. He was always open and friendly, she said, with a broad smile and a great sense of humor.

“For me he was still a little boy,” she said. “He just was excited about stuff. He always showed me pictures of the new vehicles that the Army had.”

Born in North Dakota, Zorn graduated from Upton High School before joining the Army. He is survived by his parents and a brother, Todd, all of whom live in Wright.

Despite the hopes of his family and friends, Zorn never married, saying he didn’t want to find a wife only to be redeployed to a war zone, Johnson said.

“We just wanted Ryan to meet a nice, wonderful, young lady and have some babies,” she said. “But that’s not a possibility now.”

Ryan’s Grand & Great Grand parents info provided by Eileen Brudwick & Neola Kofoid Garbe

Again, thanks to Eileen Brudwick for this info from “The Centennial Book”. If you are like I am, I can “place” people better if I know who their grandparents are/were. Neola

Ryan’s grandparents;

Source: The People of Bottineau County, 1884-1984, page 637 & 638.


William (Bill) Zorn, son of Alfred and Martha Norenberg Zorn, was born April 3, 1919 in Oak Valley township where he attended school. Bill farmed for many years. He was a car salesman for C. R. Gleason Company for seven years. He is presently self employed in the trucking business.

Bill married Myrtice Ellis, daughter of Eugene Ellis and Mary Larson of Granville, who was born September 1, 1922. Before her marriage, she was employed in the County Judge’s Office in McHenry County. She has been employed in the nursing department at San Haven since 1961.

Bill and Myrtice now reside in Bottineau. They have raised seven children.

Sharon (Mrs. Gilmer Gerdes) is nursing director at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim, California. She has three children.

Dennis of Tower City works for Otter Tail Power Company. He married Linda Grover and they have two sons.

Myron of Upton, Wyoming is employed at Thunder Basin Coal Company, is married JoAnn Soland, and had two sons.

Marlys (Mrs. Brooks Bryan) of Los Angeles, California is a part-time physical therapist. She and her husband, a youth pastor, are now in Greece where they are Evangelists for the Four Square Gospel Church.

Bill, Jr. of Upton, Wyoming is employed at Thunder Basin Coal Company, is married to Kim Schmitz of Dunseith, and had two daughters.

Gene is employed with his father in the trucking business.

Pennie attends NDSU Bottineau and plans to teach in the field of special education.


Ryan’s great grandparents:

Source: The People of Bottineau County, 1884-1984, page 637.


Alfred Zorn was born April 29, 1881 in Iowa, and at the age nine he came with his parents to homestead near Gardena in Oak Valley township. In 1914 he married Martha Norenberg who was born in 1892 at Michigan, North Dakota, and who had moved with her family to Overly when she was twp years old.

The Zorns raised their children on the farm, moving to Bottineau in 1950 at the time Alfred retired. Bottineau neighbors recall seeing the Zorn clan congregate at Grandpa and grandmas after church on Sunday for a cup of coffee and a weekly visit. It was said that they rarely missed a Sunday. During nice summer days Grandpa Zorn would sit with the neighbor kids on his front porch joking with them, but mostly teaching them to play whist and rummy.

Alfred and Martha had six children: Mrs. Larry (Dorothy) Drew, Mrs. Arnold (Ruth) Nilson, Bill and Leo, all of Bottineau; Erwin from Kansas City; and Howard from Orlando, Florida. Dorothy died May 11, 1983.

Martha died in 1974 and Alfred in 1975.

08/23/2017 (2554)

Seattle Trip: September 5th to the 12th .

Bernadette and I have a trip planned to visit the Seattle area for one week in September. For the past several years Bernadette has had strong desires to visit the states. Because of her condition I held back, not wanting to take the gamble of getting her back there with the possibility of her having a spell back there and not being able to get her back to the Philippines. I finely gave in and booked a one week trip to the Bremerton Puget sound area to see our Kids, Grandkids and friends in that area. Her condition lately hasn’t been good either. Her doctor advised her not to travel as have many of our friends. If she is OK the day of travel, I have decided to take the gamble and take her back. Her half-sister who lives in Bremerton will take time off of her work to be with us full time while we are back there to assist taking care of Bernadette. She will be staying with us in the hotel.

Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply from Audrey Hanson Aitchison:  Bottineau, ND

Loni Holdaas, married to Gerald Martin, is a daughter of Harold and Evelyn Monson )Olaf and Agnus (Gustafson) Monson. Harold and Evelyn Holdaas had 6 children– Kenneth, Loni, Luann, Laurel, Audrey and Nancy.

Harvey Holdaas was married to Delores Pladson (my sister, Jean’s, sister-in-law.) They had 4 kids– Michael, Peggy, Patricia and Michelle Holdaas. They moved to Seattle years ago.

Harvey and Harold Holdaas were brothers. Their parents were Edron and Anna (Wall) Holdaas.

We weren’t able to see the eclipse as we were too far north.


Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61 Spokane, WA

Hi Gary.

I’m at the farm using the One Room Schools of Bottineau Co by Rena Roland and The People of Bottineau Co, 1984.  I remember being in school with Leilani Holdaas. 1954-1955; she was 3rd grade, Kenneth was 2nd; Glenore Larson -4th; Doreen Larson 6th.  I don’t remember the younger children.

Harold Holdass was oldest of six. His youngest brother was Harvey. Harold married Evelyn Monson; Leilani and Kenneth belong to them.

Harvey married Delores Pladsen. Evelyn was sister to Gladys Solpher and Stella Kamrud, Mildred Sather, Arlan and Ronald.

Harvey and Harold families moved to Seattle.

Hope this makes sense. I am using one finger and cell phone since I left my laptop in WA for this short two week trip.

Doreen Larson Moran


Blog (628) posted on November 20, 2009

Posted on November 20, 2009

General information

Folks, I am a really healthy guy and plan to live past a 100, but one never knows their fate. It would be a shame to loose all the history and stories that you folks have provided the past several years to include all the lists and files that I have created. For your information, I periodically give Bill Grimme and Dick Johnson updated copies of all my files. I have also given them access rights to my master email files and the Dunseith Alumni WEB site. December 26th will be the 2 year mark for this daily Dunseith letter. Without all of your contributions, this would have never been a success. Gary

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

Hi Gary

Just wanted to let you know that I too REALLY enjoy all the interesting articles and pictures that are posted to your blogs. I have especially enjoyed the articles about the older folks from the Dunseith area that I have heard my folks talk about. I have been able to put faces to names of people they knew i.e. Baileys, Andersons, etc. It’s fun to see the connection the area people had to each other. I can’t believe the people that are related. I sure wish I hadn’t talked so much all my life. Ha. I see where Tommy Hagen had Donny’s name added to the blog. I think Donny is about 10 days older than me. In my “baby book” it is recorde that my first outing was the day of Helen Nelson’s funeral. My folks took me to town and left me with Gertrude Awalt while they attended the funeral. I found it kind of ironic that on the same day you received the request to add Donny & Sharon to your list that Bonnie Awalt Houle had also sent a letter . This is what sets one to thinking back of the close connections that folks had years ago. I have a picture that my Mom gave me when I left home. It is a lamb laying in the snow and a dog standing beside the lamb howling. Ma said that when we would go to Awalts, when I was very small, that that picture was hanging on their wall and I would stand and stare at the picture till finally one day Gertrude took it down and gave it to me. It hung on Ma’s wall till I got married. After I was married Ma took the picture down and told me where it came from and how it came to mine and it’s been hanging in my house ever since. It is still my favorite.

I sure do feel bad about Myron Zorn losing his son. Nobody deserves that. He’s lucky he’s got a big close family for him in this time of need. Mary Knutson

Mary, As you know, Lloyd Awalt was a good friend of my folks. When I first met Lloyd, at the Bottineau Bowling Alley Cafe, in as I remember, in about the mid 80’s, he told me he had first met my folks, in the 40’s, at Corbin Pritchard’s farm. Corbin’s farmstead was within rock throwing distance of the Canadian fire break located several miles north of our place. The buildings were still there in my childhood days. It wasn’t until with the comradery of these daily messages that I realized the connection your mother, Winifred Pritchard Eurich (37), had with the Awalt’s, with her staying with them when she went to HS. They had a close relationship that lasted well beyond her HS days. I often wondered how Lloyd ended up being good friends with Corbin, being at his place, back in those days. Now I know. Gary

Pete Gillis (65):

Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA


I to salute Pete not only for the person he is but, also for being a person I am proud to call friend. Tho Pete is going through a rough time now I am sure he will prevail his character is strong and he has Verena by his side. I wish
only the very best for my old friend, and I also salute you for your service to our great country.

Ron Longie

P.S. Maybe this summer

Ron, You are the guy we need to be saluteing with your 40 years of combined active duty and National Guard service to our country. Gary

Gene Bender – Former Teacher:

From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND

Gary, Thoughts and prayers are needed for Mr. Gene Bender who taught science at Dunseith High for many years. For just the last few years he has taught Physics and Chemistry at the “Forestry” (Dakota College at Bottineau). A couple of days ago he collapsed in his classroom. He had dismissed class and a couple students came back to the classroom and found him. Apparently, it was a stroke and he has been airlifted to Rochester. We heard he will have some surgery, but I don’t know any details.

LeaRae Parrill Espe ’67

Requesting addresses of current soldiers serving in the US military:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

When I was making caramels now, a “bright idea” came to me. Some of your newsletter readers have a child/brother/etc. in serving in Iraq/Afghanistan/etc. If they will send a mailing address for these loved ones, to me, I’ll do my very best to get a couple of pounds, or so, caramels sent to them. I will use flat-rate envelopes. They cost $4.95 to mail (until January) so that’s quite inexpensive. I can usually get about three pounds in one envelope. I can’t guarantee I will get this done, but as I stated earlier, I’ll certainly do my very best to get it done. Addresses should be sent immediately so the packages get in the mail ASAP. I pay for the caramel and the postage; this is FREE for the families. This is one way I can contribute to our precious military members. 

What do you think about this idea?

Thanks, Gary.


Neola, This is big commitment on your part. Other than for that, I think this is a great Idea.

Thank you so much Neola for this great gesture. You are such a wonderful caring person. Gary

Bev Morinville Azure Benefit:

Organized by Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Just wanted to post this on the blog…if anyone would like to donate
merchandise towards the bingo (within the vacinity of course) they may
drop it off to me at the High School by Friday or bring it to the Garden

Janice and Vincent Azure have been a godsend during times like this by
allowing us to hold these activities in their establishment.


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

08/21/2017 (2553)

Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Keith and Gary, I am not certain that Loni Holdaas Martin (Mrs. Gerald Martin) is related to the Holdaas who married a Pladson, but I think it is a very good possibility.  Loni’s parents moved to the Seattle area years ago and several of Loni’s siblings still  live in Seattle area  Loni spends a good share of her winters out there and has spoken a lot about her sisters,etc

Loni visited my mother at Oak Manor less than a month ago.  She always stops in when she is in Bottineau. They have written Christmas cards back and forth for years when Gerald and Loni lived in Williston.  I will try to find the answer to Keith’s question. LeaRae Parrill Espe 1967


Class of 1967 Reunion
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):Bottineau, ND

The reunion turned out great, thanks to the organizers Jim Berube, Patti Metcalfe Woods, Mary Helen Anderson Millang, Beverly Azure LaVallie, and Roger Counts.

Jim and Tom Berube teamed up to get their dad’s 1967 car readied for the parade.  Jim ended up driving the car with my mother, Mildred Parrill, who was our first grade teacher, riding in the car.  She was very honored and had a fabulous time.   Tom Berube drove Jim’s pickup with a trailer carrying the other class members who made it in time for the parade. The parade was led by the American Legion as the first entry. Our classmate Roger Counts is currently the Legion Commander so he rode with that entry.  Our class followed with the Fortune Berube car and the trailer.

Following the parade, we gathered at the Senior Citizen’s/American Legion  for pie and visiting.  Later in the afternoon, Roger Counts, who is President of the School Board opened the high school so we could look at the class pictures, tour the school where we noted many changes, and  found our lockers! There were so many stories and memories shared. We met at the W’eel Turtle for a picture and then had a little program at Dale’s led by Class President K. Flynn Richard with remarks from Tom Berube who reminded us of a number of interesting facts including that the first Super Bowl was played in 1967.

I thought it worked out very well to have it during Dunseith Days. There were so many events all week and we were able to see many ol’ friends from other classes as well. I would recommend other classes  plan reunions during Dunseith Days. Kudos to all the local gals who did such a great job organizing.  The Star had two pages of colored coverage, however, we didn’t make the cut. Hopefully, some who took pictures will share them on the blog.

Sadly we have lost touch with some of our class. Out of the thirty some emails from the Gary Stokes list only one responded to me as having received the message!  Many of emails have changed, but some of the telephone numbers were still valid. More have gone to strictly cell so there were many calls to relatives which was successful in some cases. Patti worked with Facebook contacts in addition to the calls. Some have accounts but not everyone is checking those regularly. We all did a lot of calling!  It was all worth it.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Floyd and Dorothy Lamb Family

Dorothy, Martha, Dean and Floyd
Lamb, Family 2553


Blog (627) posted on November 19, 2009

Posted on November 19, 2009

Bev Morinville Azure Update:

From Vernena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

I just received word on Bev’s condition. Clarence called the school this
morning and said Bev has been diagnosed with SCC-squamous cell carcinoma.
This is a terminal cancer. He said the doctor’s plan is to do 18
radiation treatments (4 have been done) to try to shrink the tumor to
release the pain. They will do chemo after the completion of radiation

Clarence will be calling us once a day with updates.


Bev Morinville Azure:

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

Dear Bev,

I am so sorry to hear the bad news. God, you & our family have endured alot in the past few years. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family. Stay strong, and know that lots of people love you. Sending you a big hug & kiss.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson (76)

A small thank you:

From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69) : Dunseith, ND

For the past two days I have been reeling in shock about what is going on with Bev Azure. Today, while reading your blog, Vickie gave me a good reason to feel better again by asking for the birthday card shower for KenRose. What an upper that is for me. Thank you Vickie and Gary for making my day so much better.

Bev, you hang in there and remember if the burden is too much, just give it to Him and He will carry you through. God bless you and all your family. I am keeping all of you in my prayers.


Harlan Salmonson not well: Dunseith/Bottineau

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND


Regarding my sister-in-law Debbie Metcalfe’s dad, HARLAN SALMONSON, currently a patient in very serious condition at Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND.

Recently,Harlan had surgery on his shoulders to remove an infection.

Harlan is a diabetic. Two years ago had a pacemaker put in, and also has other major health issues.

I stopped at the bank this morning and spoke with Debbie.

Yesterday the drs. diagnosed the staph infection as MERSA .

Harlan was put into an isolation room and is getting better care since the move.

Debbie and her sister Carrie are awaiting more information from the medical staff on the route to take.

Reply from David Schimetz (79):Bismarck, ND.


I was in the class of 79 but I took a “social promotion” into the military in Feb. 79 so I did not graduate from Dunseith. I was classmates with Rob Olsen, Rick Kuhn, Bob Moe, Monica Counts, Larkie Neameyer. Daily distribution to this email address may unfortunately not be appropriate so I must decline. My other private emailkdschimetz@.com I rarely look at it, as I’m pretty busy 24/7. I’m kind of like my Mom I can’t sit still work, work, work. In my limited free time I restore old vehicles for which my latest is attached above…1950 3100 Chev. I better get to work it is MAD house Monday. Have a great day.

2nd reply from David Schimetz


I do not work at the Capitol. I am the Facility manager for the North Dakota Association of Counties. As far as what I do Electrical, Plumbing , Carpentry, all HVAC systems including Trane Tracer Summit control systems, Winpak security door systems, Security Camera systems along with Art Bakke from the state security whom is a Is Enterprise Security Analyst for Information Technology for the state of North Dakota, Video conferencing/Audio conferencing control systems sometimes phone systems, cad 5 cabling, Siamese cabling. I manage a fleet of vehicles, generator back up system, UPS back up units, vendors, contractors, establish contracts I struggle through engineer blueprints ect. ect. The list goes on and on as my limited brain starts to cook just thinking about it


I keep very busy and I do the best I can at saving money as everybody else here does trying to save money for all the counties in N Dak. I guess I like the old vehicles because I feel comfortable working on them and plus they were unique. When I was a kid Terry Wenstad had a blue 50 chev. Pickup, I think Chip Tooke had one too, my brother Bryan had a 49 Ford trk, I think Ted Nerpel had a 55 chev trk? Tom Krause had a 1955 international pickup painted house paint Black with a 327 v8 w automatic transmission that Ted Nerpel installed and Ted even made home made headers for it. These old trucks just bring back good memories of some young crazy talented people.There are a lot of people from the Turtle Mountains that are very skilled at about everything they touch and they can build or fix about anything it was pretty fun growing up with these guys as you never new what they were going to build/blow up, fabricate, design and did I mention wreck. So this is one of the reasons why I built the 1950 3100 ½ Chevrolet pickup it is a salute to the boys whom I learned so much from. The other reason was to teach my son body and metal, mechanical restoration as he is a teenager. He has been helping me on Hotrods and Harleys since he was old enough to hold a wrench. Thank god he is more like his mother he is a great kid whom is very caring and helpful. I better go I have to go to a OSHA seminar this afternoon..o joy!

North Dakota Association of Counties

Facility Manager-David Schimetz

1661 E Capitol

Bismarck, N.Dakota 58501

08/16/2017 (2552)

Holdaas, Martin and Pladson connections
Question from Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC 


Question for you re the now dated Martin obit included in your last blog (I missed it the first time around).  I noted that Mr. Martin married a Holdaas from Bottineau. As memory/if memory serves me right I believe my second cousin, Delores Pladson, married a Holdaas(sp?).  Delores, daughter of Ted and Mary married Harvey Holdaas and if I am correct they moved to Washington state years ago.  I don’t remember much else about them.  (We knew and visited with both Duane’s (and Jean) and Darlene’ s (Clarence Melgaard) families when we were growing up so knew those families well.)

Anyway, was wondering if you knew if there was a connection between the two Holdaas’ names (provided they are even spelled the same).  And, of course because of your connections to Jean, this may also be of some interest to you.


Gary Stokes’ reply
Kieth: Delores Pladson Holdaas was married to Harvey Holdaas and they lived in Seattle. Her brother Duane was married to Jean Hanson Pladson. Jean is my first cousin. Her mother and my dad were siblings. I’m not sure if Gerald Martin’s wife, Loni Holdaas Martin, was related to Harvey Holdaas. I’m sure some of our readers may know.


Blog (626) posted on November 18, 2009

Posted on November 18, 2009

Myron Zorn’s (65) son was killed in Iraq:

From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO

Gary, I don’t know how many people remember my brother Myron Zorn. He graduated from Bottineau, not Dunseith, but did attend Dunseith. He and his wife Joann had two boys. His son Ryan was killed in Iraq yesterday. Thanks , Sharon Zorn Gerdes

Yes, we remember Myron well. He was with our class of 65 thru his sophomore year. We are so sorry to hear of his son being killed. What a tragedy. It makes that war so much more real when folks we know are taken from us. This has to be so hard for Myron and JoAnn. Our condolences are with them and the whole family. The email address I have for Myron and JoAnn is no longer good. Their address is

Myron & JoAnn Zorn
346 Willow Creek Dr
Wright, WY 82732

Birthday card shower for Kenrose Medlang who will be 90 on Thanksgiving day.

The Tale of Red Rabbit and the Sunday school teacher.

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary and friends,

This morning,while on a pumpkin doughnut run to the Family Bakery, I met Bob Lagerquist coming out the door. Bobnin his red chevy car, drives down #43 and county line, from the hills of Little Prairie with KenRose weekly to do laundry here in Bottineau. Today, KenRose’s chestnut brown curly hair, with just a hint…just a wee bit of minor strands of silver looked especially nice. She said, she’d just been to the local beauty shop early this morning. …….. We girls feel so good when we can sit back relaxed and someone else pampers us by washing our hair!

It is always a pleasant visit with the pair of them, whom I’m very fond of. Our families “went visiting” back and forth with KenRose’s family years ago when I was in early elementary school. Odin was so handy with mechanical things and always willing to help out my dad who was not a “motor head”. Oft times in the summer, their family would come down, Odin and Dad would meet under the old red gas barrel, with pieces of machinery and tools,we kids would race around the yard playing games like tag, kick the can, Mom and KenRose would “visit” and put together a little lunch and coffee.

And, those years ago, between springs work and haying, Odin spent Sunday afternoons building a pontoon. I thought it a grand adventure one sunny summer day when our family packed a lunch and went to it’s launching at Pelican Lake. It seems to me, he was a welder too. I recall, him with used parts of an airplane jet engines? and oil barrels. He’d sometimes combine our crops in the fall. He also had one of the first small hay balers and would do custom work. The summer of the big rains, the Seim-Metcalfe bales floated back and forth over the road Art Seim and my dad could tell which ones belonged to each of them as Art used twine and Odin’s were wire.

At her house, those “visiting times” , KenRose alway’s looked trim in her dresses serving cookies and a special drink. What a treat, cool water drawn from the well, ice cubes from the refrigerator and red kool aide! My first Sunday School teacher was KenRose. Our little circle, Joanne, Marlys and myself, would sit on those blonde-slated-wood folding chairs behind the altar gathered around KenRose. The beautiful Jesus painting from behind the circular oak altar now graces the hospitality room of Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. I believe the baptismal font at Peace was also an original from Little Prairie Lutheran.

This little family lived on Little Prairie; Odin, KenRose, Obert and Marlys. I admit, I was always a little jealous of Marlys. Marlys had a mom who let her daughter keep a live animal in the farm house. Something no other mother I knew allowed. NO. Not a dog. Not a cat. Marlys’ pet was an exceptionally clean long eared animal with is own litter box and cozy bed. His name? His name was “Big Red.” Red was a beautiful big red rabbit, who lived behind KenRoses combination wood-electric range in her kitchen!. And while she was tending to making lunch he’d hop around her feet!

The Medlang farm thermometer usually dips degrees below others. This morning, Bob said, “The coldest at Little Prairie was -6 below just once this past week.”

Bob and KenRose usually end their errand run with a visit to the Family Bakery for coffee, and a little lunch. Before heading home to the prairie, north- north east,Bob purchases some bakery treats for coffee time and takes them out to the car. Then as Bob helped KenRose to step out, down the curb, and opened the door he said to me. Vickie, She’s going to be 90 years old next week on Thanksgiving.

I’m requesting, you all to join me in a birthday card shower for KenRose next week on her big day. Her walking,vision and hearing are slowing down a bit but she’s still KenRose soon to be 90 years young.

P.S. Just for you all to know! I’m jealous no longer, I grew up and now usually have 2 white Westies usually, around my feet when I make lunch!.

ThankYou all. Vickie Metcalfe

Folks, Let’s make Kenrose’s day and shower her with lots of cards as she turns 90 years young on Thanksgiving day, November 26th. That’s next week. I will have a card in the mail today. I know many of you know Kenrose. She is the mother of Obert (66) and Marlys (70): Every card she gets will make Bobby Lagerquist’s day too. Bobby has lived with the Medlang’s for many years. Kenrose has lived in the same house on the same farmstead on Little Prairie for as long as I’ve known her and that’s been my entire life.

Neither Kenrose or Bobby have email, so they will be surprised. I’m sure that Vickie will get a report from them. Gary

Kenrose Medlang

RR #1 Box 128

Dunseith, ND 58329-9451

Bobby Lagerquist (58) & Art Rude – 7/12/07

Pete Gillis (65):

Reply from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ & Lake Metigoshe, ND.

Gary, I just wanted to include my sincere message to Pete about his current challenge. Hopefully, my good golfing friend, you continue to combat the enemy messing with you now as you did when the other one you faced was shooting at you in Vietnam. You returned from that war with honor, and my belief is that you will face this enemy with the same valor and success you did before. I stand at attention and salute you during these days of concern. God Bless, Bill Hosmer

Bev Morinville Azure (72) update – not good:

From Shonda Azure Campbell (94): Minot, ND.

Gary if you could please post this is the next Dunseith blog and just so everyone knows she is in trinity she is very weak and tired …..

Hello All Family and Friends Today it is with tears in my eyes I bring you this news …. My mother was admitted back to the hospital and today we learned the news that the cancer is back and its full force this time it seems there is no stopping it ….As of right now they are treating the pain the cancer is spreading so fast there seems no treating it …I am so sorry all please know she loves you all very much


Shonda, we are so sorry to hear this grim news. Never loose hope. Hang in there. Your mother, Bev Morinville Azure, the wonderful lady that we love so dearly, is in our prayers. Gary


Bev Morinville Azure:

Reply from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND.

Toni, Thanks for the note, that cancer is insidious. I was an orderly at Trinity 1967-69 but can only pray for Bev, now. It is very nice that the family can be there. Lee Stickland

Alan & Phyllis Campbell:

Bev Morinville Azure:

From Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

I just read the Dunseith News in the Bottineau Courant that Phyllis and Alan Campbell sold their house and are now living in Minot. This is like the end of an era. I think so many of us remember hanging out there and parties in the garage and so many gatherings. I have never forgotten a special breakfast treat that Phyllis fixed us one Saturday morning that I occasionally treated my kids to when they were young….cocoa krispies and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The idea being the the ice cream melted and became the “milk” for our cereal. It was the most special breakfast I could ever remember having to that point. So to Phyllis and Alan, thanks for some really wonderful memories and best wishes in your new home.

To Beverly, be strong, stay hopeful. You are in my prayers my friend. I love you.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Question from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea

Hi Gary, can you put this on the blog! Does anyone remember the Beechler (spelling) family that lived in Dunseith. One son was in my grade and his name is Clayton. Another son’s name was Wyett, not sure though. Thanks, Lynn Halvorson Otto

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

Hi Gary,

Thought you might relate to this mail from Jean, my brother Bill’s wife. It seems whenever I have a few ideas and pictures together I get distracted by small everyday tasks that are not nearly as important to me as your blog and all the mutual friends that have formed a special and unique community around events that touch their lives way back when and now. I am so very thankful.


HIGH SCHOOL — 1957 vs. 2007

Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1957 – 
Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 – 
School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers. 

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – 
Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies. 
2007 – 
Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 – 
Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 
2007 – 
Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman. 
2007 – 
Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 –
 Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock. 
 The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons. 

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.

1957 –
 Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college. 
2007 –
 Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 –
 Ants die. 
2007 –
 ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents — and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 –
 In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing. 
2007 –
 Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy. 

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

Neola’s mother, Emma Brudwick Kofoid



08/14/2017 (2551)

Dance at the Hackman’s
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

My older sister reading my bit of  sharing  on blog 2447, offered more information about the Harolds.

Hattie Harold’s father brought his family and worked as head man in charge of the  San Haven dairy and herd in the 1920’s.

One evening, there was a local dance in the hills.  On the way, Hattie fell hitting her head.  Arriving at the gathering, she had a big bump and cut on her head.

Someone, approached Orville Wicks asked him to walk Hattie across the road (highway 43) to his mother’s. Mrs.Elizabeth Wicks  a local midwife.

Mrs.Wicks took one looked at the injury, took out her needle and thread stitching the cut.

Hattie always told when asked, “She met Orville Wicks, at a dance at the Hackmans”.

Until later,

Vickie M.


San Haven: Addition to posting in Blog (2450) Dated 8/11/2017
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I forgot to say the name of the news pamphlet at  San Haven.
It was called San Piper.

Sorry about that,

Ginger Poitra


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Wall-1 Wall-2


June 1, 2016: Marvel Hill Thompson (’69) Retires From Dakota College (Forestry)
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hello Gary,

As you can see, this is an old article.  I don’t recall if I sent it at the time it was published.  Being unable to send “group” emails now, I’m glancing at old Courant’s I’ve saved/sending what I think might be of interest (to you) /throwing the issues.



Blog (625) posted on November 17, 2009

Posted on November 17, 2009

Bev Morinville Azure – not well

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


Just wanted you to know what is going on with my sister Bev. After weeks of thinking that she had a ruptured disc in her back, other things started to happen. Lumps formed on her jaw, neck, and side. Last Tuesday they admitted her to Trinity Hospital in Minot. At this point, the prognosis is grave and seems inevitable. The are doing all they can to keep the pain at a minimum. I have been here at the hospital with her family and am grateful that I have had some time with her.

Bev is a warm, compassionate person who has always been willing to help others, evidenced by her many friends. It is devastating to see her so afflicted. Her children are wonderful, and obviously, taking this very hard.

It is so important to embrace each moment of the present with thanksgiving.


Toni, I am so sad to hear of Bev’s condition. Yes, reviewing her Caringbridge site, it is quite evident that she has a lot of friends and is well liked. We hope and pray that Bev will snap out of this. Bev is one of a kind, loved by all. Gary

Bev Morinville Azure’s CaringBridge websitehttp://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bevazure

Jim Kofoid:

Reply from Joan Richard: Dunseith, ND.

Congratulations to Jim Kofoid and his prestigious award. I’m sure
everyone applauds all of your involvement. Keep up the good work!
Joan Richard, Dunseith Teacher

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot ND.

Hi Gary,

Thank you for including Bev Morinville Azure’s Caring Bridge website.

Thank you for your kind words, Gary. Now that the “caramel pressure” is off, I hope to get back to a somewhat “normal” life, including scanning the Dunseith news on a regular basis and, after Christmas, getting back to the “courthouse” pictures. I do a little “pirating” this time of the year.


From Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND

I think with the numbers adding up (for the reunion) that we should go ahead and book the
Bingo Barn. I will call George and set it up.

Also wanted to fill you all in on Pete.

Went for his check up last week in Fargo. The PSA has gone down some so
are going to continue on the Casadex until it no longer works for him.
After that, he will have to start chemo. The cat scan showed lesions or
tumors next to his kidney and the doctor feels that is where the cancer is
trying to come back. So will keep you posted. Prayer is powerful!


Folks, as many of you know, Pete has been battling with prostrate cancer for a number of years now. He’s been able to beat it thus far and we feel confident he will beat this last bout too. Pete, you are in our prayers.

Verena, I will publish an updated list of those planning on attending the “Dunseith Alumni Reunion” with tomorrows blog. Neola just sent me a scanned copy of the announcement that was published in the Bottineau paper. For some reason the Date got dropped when it was published. The date is May 22nd. I think the Bingo barn will be a great facility to have this reunion. Gary

Reply to Larry Hackman (66):

From Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND


I’m really happy that the stick pin incident was useful later on in Larry’s life and wish that I could take credit for it, but I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can’t prove anything. That’s my story and I’m “sticking” to it.


Former Dunseith resident, Gerald Martin, Williston, Passed away:

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

A family friend named Gerald Martin passed away about two weeks ago. The Henry Martin lived along old Hiway 5 near Butte St. Paul. Gerald’s mother, Josephine Martin, baby sat me the summer of 1950 when mom attended summer school at Minot. She was working on her standard degree. During the 1948-49 Mom had taught at the Butte School where the Martins attended. (John Allard, Omar Richard and Peter & Joe Boguslawski children attended there at that time also) Of course, only the older children were in school at that time-Betty Allard Heinz, Marie , Donald, and Martin Boguslawski, Janet & Helen Boguslawski, then Gerald and Janie Martin, Teresa Allard, Doward and Maxine Richard ). Mom and dad enjoyed the people of that rural school community. When she needed a babysiter she picked Josephine. She was such a wonderful kind lady. Then later in 1952 when my brother Clark was born I stayed there a few days. When we went to get mom and Clark home from the hospital, dad picked up Charlotte Bogus and Josephine and me and drove to Bottineau. I remember the first time I saw Clark. Josephine said , “Look at your little baby brother!” I can remember it so well. When they flipped the blanket back, I was so excited. Then later during the summer of 1955 when I was f ive and Clark was two, Gerald was hired to babysit us and help dad while mom taught the Wetherault School.

Gerald wife, Loni, is a cousin to children of Arland and Ron Monson, Mildred Sather, Stella Kamrud and others from the Bottineau area. LeaRae


You can also note that Gerald Martin’s sister Janie married John Andreoff. I believe John’s sister married a Falde and was the mother of Dean Falde who was one of the 37 first graders taught by my mother, Mildred Parrill, during the 1955-56 school year. I don’t believe we know where Dean is now. They moved from Dunseith shortly after first grade.

I wonder if anyone else on the blog remembers the Martins, Andreoffs, or Faldes. Falde’s lived on the Fagan place which is also on Old Highway 5. The house was on the South side of the rode and right close to Dale’s gravel pit. If anyone would share some memories I would like to forward them on to his wife and daughters. Thanks, LeaRae


I connected up with Neola today gave the longer version of Gerald’s obituary to her at the craft sale at the Botno Armory today. She will scan it in for me along with the picture. We had a very nice visit and I introduced her to my mother. I also asked Neola to scan in the picture of her mother. I thought people would enjoy seeing that.

Neola’s brother Jim Kofoid is getting the Friend of Education award from the Bottineau Education Association this coming Tuesday. There was an ad in the Courant stating it was Wednesday, but for some reason it has been moved back a day. It is open to the public. Like Neola, her brother Jim does so many good deeds for so many. This reception is open to the public at Middle School Library at 4PM. LeaRae

The following scans are from Neola.

LeaRae, I just happen to have a picture of Neola with her mother that I have posted below. Gary


Neola with her mother, Emma Brudwick Kofoid. I know many of you know the Brudwick Families from the Hills. They are all from the same family. Emma is currently a resident at Good Sam in Bottineau. Her health is pretty good. Neola visits her often and often times includes her visiting folks and attending community activities in the area.

08/11/2017 (2550)

Reply from Kay Hildebrandt (Pritchard cousin):Murrieta, California


Thanks for the replies about Somber.  Now I have a little more information–Homen Township.  Maybe someone has a little history about that?

My grandmother Candace Thompson was sister of Ella and Ida.  But when she married Charles Torbert, she said her name was Candace Tennyson.  Supposedly, Anthony Thompson’s name was originally Tennyson.  Scandinavians seemed to change their names if they wished to do so.  I hunted for years for my paternal grandmother’s marriage certificate, thinking it was “Kall” as her brothers used that name.  She used “Johansdotter.”  Correspondence since with a cousin in Sweden, I found that branch changed from Kall to Johansson.  Research in the Scandinavian countries is a challenge.  Kay


Somber, ND located in Bottineau County Homen Township
Reply from Kaye Lystad-Kirk Fargo, ND

Note: Reposted to include the whole message.

Hi Gary,

I’m a little late but I finally read Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s reply to my query about both the Seidel murders and the town (community?) of Somber. Thanks, Ginger!  (Note: It was  Kay Hildebrandt who had originally thanked Ginger for the information on Somber, not me. I just want to make sure Kay gets the proper credit!)

Isn’t it funny that a place like Somber existed in our own Turtle Mountains–it found out it was in Homen Township…and most of us have never heard of it. I have found nothing written about it in any of the books about Bottineau County either. (Such as the blue hardcover Bottineau County Diamond Jubilee book or the big red Bottineau County Centennial book.) How interesting it would be to see what, if anything, remains there now.  I also wonder if the Bottineau County Historical Museum has any photographs of what the “community” or “town” or whatever it was called looked like back then?

In the meantime, I have also found more information on these two topics on the Internet. And in case your readers are interested I’m including them below. (I, at least, thought it was all interesting. Of course, I love all things historical, geographical and geological about Bottineau County, especially the Turtle Mountains!)



This was a rural post office established April 15, 1904 with Rudolph T. Jacobsen as Postmaster. It was located in the northwest quarter of section 3-163-74, Homen Township thirteen miles northeast of Bottineau, and named to note its isolated location. In 1905 it moved two miles east to the country store operated by new Postmaster Frank W. Seidel in the northwest quarter of section 1-163-74. On June 21, 1908 the store was robbed, Mr. Seidel and his niece were killed, and the store/post office was set afire. The post office was officially closed August 31, 1908 with mail to Ackworth.(2, 3, 40, 53, 153, 379, 414, 415)


SEIDEL MURDERS: (To me, this is extra sad as one of the people murdered was Alexandra Seidel from Finland. She was just 16 yrs old and was only visiting her uncle, Frank Seidel. Can you imagine relaying the news and the manner of her death to her parents? Just awful! ….Kaye) 


The Hansboro Pioneer (Hansboro, Towner County, ND); July 9, 1908:

“Concerning the murder of Frank Seidel, the postmaster and his niece, Alexandra Seidel who were killed in the Turtle Mountains near Bottineau Sunday, June 21, the Turtle Mountain Star has the following: “Mr. Seidel was not an old man, as commonly reported, being only forty-nine years of age. He was unmarried, the lady to whom he was engaged having been drowned at Astoria, Oregon, where he formerly resided. Her loss was a great disappointment to him and he remained single. Last fall his niece, Alexandra Seidel, a girl about sixteen years of age, came out from Finland to keep house for him. She also was brutally murdered and her body burned to a crisp in the house which was set on fire by the murderers. The post office was situated in a very secluded spot in the Turtle Mountains and the suspected criminals were well acquainted with the place, having passed there frequently in going and coming from Manitoba. The supposed perpetrators of the horrible deed are three half-breeds; Alex Peltier, Charles Peltier and Joseph Peltier, and a son of Rising Sun, a full-blood. They have been arrested and taken to Bottineau where their preliminary hearing was to be had today. It is reported that they have practically confessed that they committed the murder.”

The Hansboro Pioneer (Hansboro, Towner County, ND); August 13, 1908:

“Joe and Chas. Peltier, who were on trial for the murder of Frank Seidel at Bottineau, were convicted and sentenced to hang on February 9, 1908. Young Rising Sun, who was also tried for the same murder, was acquitted. Upon being arrested and arraigned for the killing of the girl, Alexandra Seidel, he pleaded guilty and for the reason that he was only sixteen years old was sentenced to the penitentiary for life. He confessed that while Chas. Peltier held her arms behind her back to keep her quiet, he struck her on the forehead with a shotgun and knocked her brains out, after which they threw the body on the bed and covered the bed with kerosene before setting the house on fire. It is reported that relatives of the Peltiers are making threats against the lives of those who helped to hunt the murderers down. If this is so they should be looked after before they have any chance to carry their threats into execution. Rolette County Herald.”


Darrell Delorme consolences

From Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND.

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

I recall Karen and Pauline Hetle as we were all class mates at  Dunseith School.

I wish to offer sympathy to Karen and the family of Darrel Delorme on their loss.


Vickie M.

Dear Karen,,

Sincere sympathy to you,  on the loss of Darrell, your beloved husband.

Although, I did not know him.

In reading the memorial you wrote, it sounds as if your husband was a wonderful patriot  and role model.

My parents always had a great deal of respect for Clarence Delorme and his sisters Francis and Mary.

Karen,  I wish  you much peace  and wonderful memories of your life together.


Vickie L.  Metcalfe


San Haven

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

Hi Gary,

Maybe this has been brought up before.  I remember a news pamphlet being written of ( I think) happenings at San Haven.The covers were done in pale colors.

I have one or two, salvaged from my mother’s papers from her house. She had kept them in a shed at the old house and I don’t know if they were thrown away at the time they moved to the present house.  She did have a lot of them. I sure wish I had those that were in their old shed.

Just remembering and wishing that I would have gotten them from her long before they moved. I used to go out and straighten up the old shed once a year when I was a young girl.

Well Gary, I am so grateful to you for keeping up with this blog, giving us all a chance to do our remembering when something comes to mind.

God Bless you and Bernadette,

I will always keep both of you in my prayers. You both have inspired us to remember and to share our inspirations with so, so many others. This that you do keeps our minds busy. Thank you so very much,



Blog (624) posted on November 16, 2009

Posted on December 16, 2009

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): joannanderling@charter.net Portage, WI

Hi Gary and All the Great Dunseith Alumni folks

I heard Bonnie Awalt Houle Christmas message this morning and I simply had to thank her for her eloquent way of describing everyone’s attachment to the members of the Alumni, and to all the wonderful people within the area as well. Thank you Bonnie. If I may, I would like to add a Merry Christmas greeting of my own. I feel very fortunate to have lived with and known so many great people such as the Awalt family. Naturally Gary, you and your wife Bernadette are also included in this wish even though you don’t have to shovel snow this Christmas. Have a super New year everyone Erling Landsverk

Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): colettehosmer@gmail.com Santa Fe, NM

Thanks, Dick, for the information about the green and red boat trailer. We spent many summer vacations at North Thomas while using that trailer as a table/buffet. Mom served “thousands” of fried perch from it. She also converted wooden orange and apple crates from the store to use as camp cupboards. All five of us used to sleep in a heavy canvas tent — Mom and Dad on one side of the pole and we three girls on the other — in big cotton & canvas sleeping bags … remember those? Another wooden orange crate used to separate us and also held a coleman lantern. We bought big blocks of lake ice kept in sawdust from a Ukranian man on the way to the lake for our cooler — 25 cents.

The days of camping pre- Gortex. I think the red Jeep was a ’54 — am I right, Dick?

I read this blog in China — I fly home tomorrow after six weeks here.

Colette, It’s great hearing from you. Having not heard from you in a while, I kind of figured you were out of country. I’m assuming you have another art project that you are working with over in China? Gary

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): moniesue@yahoo.com Forsyth, MO

Reply to Mongeon Family

I certainly wanted to recognize Adrian Mongeon before his passing. I knew that he was a real war hero, but like most of that generation, they did not want to talk about it anyway. His dad, Pete, was a pretty amazing guy. I think Margaret Seim could vouch for that.

To Gary Stokes

What ever happened to Paul Peterson from your neck of the woods? He used to herd cattle for Johnny Myer.

I think the Fassett girls are still sitting on some good family history. Just once I saw how your dad could enjoy a good party. It was a wedding. With that deep voice and those plumb pitiful songs. By the way, “All Around The Water Tank” is one of my favorites. How about a copy of one of his tapes?

Thanks for keeping the BLOG going everybody. Gary Metcalfe

Gary M, First off I second your comment thanking everyone for keeping this Blog going. It’s everyone’s input that has kept this going nearly two years now. There has been a lot of Dunseith history reveled in the past two years and we’ve got it all saved.

You asked me about Paul Pederson. I’m assuming Paul is Sam’s son. The Pederson’s lived 3/4 mile west of us. They moved from there when I was 4 or 5 years old. I do not remember any of the Pederson family. I heard lots of talk of them though. Dad farmed their land for several years and then Norman Hiatt purchased the land. I’m not sure if Jim, Marlys, Vickie & Lorie still have that quarter or not. Sam and his father are both buried in Ackworth. There is no history of the Pederson family that I can find anywhere. I’m hoping some of our Ackworth readers, a little senior to me, can fill us in on what they remember of the Sam Pederson family. How many children were in that family? I never heard much mentioned about Sam’s wife. I’m wondering if she pasted on early in life? She is not buried in Ackworth. Gary

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,

I’ve been waiting for someone to send a video like Pete and Verena’s. I really enjoy watching them. Last year/year before, I received several of them, including one from Eileen.

I was surprised to learn when I clicked on the arrow, the video actually played–I was hoping it would, but wouldn’t have bet money on it. 


Smiea Haimour (67)

Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary,

I have the answer for Claudette regarding George Albert’s wife. Apparently they married. Her name was Fatima (Heymour) Albert. George died 23 August 1978 in British Columbia, Canada, and is buried at the Riverside Cemetary, Dunseith, Rolette County, North Dakota where his 1st wife, Agnes (Warren) Albert is buried. Agnes died, 9 October 1960. I found Fatima’s Social Security information.

Social Security Death Index

Name: Fatima Albert SSN: 502-86-0514 Last Residence: 953 (U.S. Consulate) Born: 20 Jan 1911 Died: 11 Jan 2007 State (Year) SSN issued: North Dakota (1974)

Apparently Fatima had a daughter, Smiea Heymour with her 1st husband, who I do not know his name. Fatima & Smiea Heymour were both born in Syria. This is all I know about them.


Smiea Haimour (67)

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


I think Claudette is asking about Smiea Haimour (67). The last I
heard she was married and living in Alberta, Canada. Don’t know anything
about her life after high school. She was George Albert’s stepdaughter,
daughter of his second wife. I think she came from Lebanon or Syria and
went to school with us for a couple years. She once told us she was 22
years old when we were about 16. George Albert’s first wife died in a
car wreck. She was related to Ellers. I thinks she was Ivy Eller’s
grandmother, if I remember correctly. Don’t quote me on this one though,
I might be all wrong.


Dick and Eileen, Thank you both for the information you provided about Smiea. LeaRae Parrill actually located Smiea when we were putting the class of 67 together. She provided her contact info to me at that time. I just called Smiea. She does not have email yet. She has her computer still in the box. She said she is going to unpack her computer and get on line. She still has the 67 class list that I sent her via snail mail. She remembers everyone well. Claudette, she remembers you very well and was asking for your phone number of which I don’t have. She then asked for your email address. She said she was going to send a message to you via her daughter. I have pasted her address and phone number below. She’d love to hear from any of you. Gary.



440846th Ave

Olds, AB, CanadaT48H1A2

(403) 556-1799

No email

Pictures from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

Here’s some pictures I thought some of your viewers might find interesting. Willliam Pritchard’s homestead was on the west side of Boundary Lake. I think Bernard and Betty Kavli wound up with that place and now I think Lars Sivertson or his son owns it. Notice the sod roof on the building. If the picture doesn’t copy real good and anybody wants one – let me know I’ll mail one out to anybody.

Ida Thompson (to become William Pritchard’s wife) home-

steaded on the east side of Boundary by the Canadian Border and after they married they apparently chose to keep her homestead as their home place.

Oh, and add Karen Larson to your Blog list. She sent these pictures for me. One of these days I’ll send a few pictures to see if anybody can identify the people for me. Thanks.


Mary K

Mary, Karen Larson, Wesley Schneider’s Step daughter, does wonderful work and provides a great services to the Bottineau community with her store. She is the owner of the Spectrum Store located on main street. She has scanned stuff for me several times with my visits back to the area. It’s always a pleasure visiting her and her friendly staff.

Karen, It is a pleasure adding you to our daily distribution. Vickie Metcalfe keeps us posted with Wesley and your mother. Gary



From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a

thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier

that is currently serving in Iraq. You can’t pick out who gets it, but

it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!

It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?

Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to

know we are behind them.

This takes just 10 seconds and it’s a wonderful way to say thank you.

Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others

to do. We can never say enough thank you’s.

08/08/2017 (2549)

In reply to Kay Hildebrandt
From Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


What a welcome and pleasant surprise to see the reference to two of my ancestors – Joseph Pritchard (1881 – 1933) and Ella Thompson (1885 – 1957).  Witnessing the wedding of your grandparents may have put them in the mood also because they were married on July 5, 1907.  Joseph and an older brother, Herbert Pritchard (1866 – 1937), moved to Edmonton, Alberta, in their early years and raised their families there.  Another brother of theirs, William Pritchard (1867 – 1947) and his wife, Ida Thompson (1879 – 1959), were my Grandparents and are buried in the Ackworth Cemetery.  Another connection here is that Ella and Ida Thompson were sisters.


Somber, ND located in Bottineau County Homen Township
Reply from Kaye Lystad-Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

I’m a little late but I finally read Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s reply to my query about both the Seidel murders and the town (community?) of Somber. Thanks, Ginger!  (Note: It was  Kay Hildebrandt who had originally thanked Ginger for the information on Somber, not me. I just want to make sure Kay gets the proper credit!)

Isn’t it funny that a place like Somber existed in our own Turtle Mountains–it found out it was in Homen Township…and most of us have never heard of it. I have found nothing written about it in any of the books about Bottineau County either. (Such as the blue hardcover Bottineau County Diamond Jubilee book or the big red Bottineau County Centennial book.) How interesting it would be to see what, if anything, remains there now.  I also wonder if the Bottineau County Historical Museum has any photographs of what the “community” or “town” or whatever it was called looked like back then?

In the meantime, I have also found more information on these two topics on the Internet. And in case your readers are interested I’m including them below. (I, at least, thought it was all interesting. Of course, I love all things historical, geographical and geological about Bottineau County, especially the Turtle Mountains!)


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Darrell Delorme (DHS ’66) Obituary

Darrell J. Delorme was the son and oldest child of Clarence Delorme and Flora (Davis) Delorme. He was born on February 19, 1948 at his family home in Dunseith during a blizzard. Darrell Delorme passed away at 2:00 AM on Saturday at Dunseith. His services will be held on August 9th and 10th (2017). His wake will be at the Eagle Heart cultural Center and his funeral services will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church. Services will be conducted by Father Michael Slovak, SOLT. Burial Services will be at St. Louis Cemetery.

He was educated at St. Joseph Mission Catholic School in Chamberlain, SD. He attended Dunseith High School and the Job Corps in Bismarck, ND.  He did construction work on the new elementary school in Dunseith and he worked at San Haven for 2 years.

On December 31 , 1969, he was drafted and went to Fort Lewis, Washington for Basic and Advanced Infantry Training. In 1968 he met the love of his life Karen Hetle. They were married while he was on leave on October 16, 1970. He went to Viet Nam spending a year there. While there, he was awarded the Bronze Service Medal for over 25 Combat Arial Assaults and an Accommodation Medal. He was in the 1st of the 506th Infantry Division, Bravo Company. (The Screaming Eagles). When he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1971 he returned to work at San Haven. Then Darrell and his wife Karen moved to West Fargo where he worked construction jobs, Federal Beef Industries for 18 years and John Deere for 16 years until his retirement.

Darrell is survived by his wife Karen, seven sisters: Wanda, Carol, Marilyn, Sharon, Marlys, Alicia and Lori. He survived by 5 brothers Carl, Donald, Ronnie, Albert and Jeff.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles, and younger brother, Edward; his parents, Clarence and Flora Delorme; grand parents, Frank and Eliza Davis and Betty (LaRocque) and Joe Delorme; aunts, Francis Thiefoe and Mary Patnaude, Margaret DeCoteau and uncles, Martin Delorme and Paul Davis.

I want to thank the Fargo Veterans Administration and Sanford Medical Center for everything they did for my husband. I would also like to thank my sister, Pauline Hetle, and Darrell’s cousins, Ramona and Betty, my family and brothers and sisters-in-law for everything they did to support me during this most difficult time. I would also like to thank everyone who called, for all the prayers and those who sent well wishes during my loss of my beloved husband.  I also want to thank Father Michael Slovak and Nero Funeral Home.

A meal will follow at the Eagle Heart Building!


Blog (623) posted on November 15, 2009

Posted on November 15, 2009

Erling Landsverk’s book, “My Dakota Years”

Folks, I talked to Sharon Landsverk Beckman (63) today and she told me she has requested another order of Erling Landsverk’s book, “My Dakota Years”. Sharon is a Checker at Jerry’s Jack & Jill in Bottineau. She has had a lot of requests for Erling’s book. I’m not sure if copies are available at the log house or not? Gary

Message posted on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site:http://garystokes.net/default.aspx

From David Schimetz: Mandan, ND.

From: David Todd Schimetz
Phone: E-mail:
I’ve been reading mesages that were posted for hours now. I really enjoyed everyones messages. It really brought back alot of good memories. I do get back to Dunseith a few times a year but I’m usually caught up in family things as I’m sure happens to us all. I was home recently to visit mom and do some minor repairs when I decided to take a trip to Belcourt,Rolla,St. John with my wife and son Jake and daughter Tessa and My nephew Danny Schimetz (Reids youngest son) As I was in St. John I Tried to use my Direction literacy and go west on 43 “about?” 4 miles before turning south on god knows what road. After about 15 minutes I realized I was obviously directionally illerate!! I had no clue where the hell I was and I was getting close to dark “lovely”. I decided to “go towards the light” as this will surley get me back to HWY 3. I continued on my adventure for 30 minutes and I did find a paved road. I thought this has to be “Jack Rabbit” where I spent alot of time on especially coming and going from “Uncle Bens” aquiring some tickled pink, purple passions or my favorite mellow nights mixed with some Harvey wall banger mixed by “Uncle Ben” in conjuntion with ALOT of rope along with numerous Dunsith heathens( whom you all know whom you were) yet again puking their guts out at the peace gardens at overlook like it was a right of summer passage(or maybe that was just me, it seemed like I always puked during those joy us times! As I traveled on west on this family adventure I realized the years have been less kind to my memory then previously percieved as I came to the HWY 3 intersection. I was at least 3 miles north of jack rabbit on a road I never new existed &qu

Reply from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND.


That Kenny Nerpel finally let the cat out of the bag after 45 years. It was him that almost pierced my ear lobe. I always wondered who threw that paper airplane. I did have a hard time getting that stick pin out my ear lobe. You remember in basic, during bayonet training the instructors told us how hard it was going to be to get the bayonet out of a body if we would ever to have occasion to stick someone. They said the best way to get someone off your bayonet was to shoot the person off and the next best way was to stomp them off. They pointed out that if you had bullets it was actually best to shoot the person before he got stuck on your bayonet. War is hell. Bayonet use was only reccomended as a last resort. Remembering how tough it was to get that stick pin out made it easy to understand what them military instructors were talking about. So, Kenny some good did come out of the paper plane debauchery. Him making the statement about being engrossed in his studies. I can only think of only a couple of things that Kenny was ever engrossed in and I know neither one had anything to do with school work.

However, eating balute or drinking raw eggs for ED. Don,t they have pills for that?

By the way Kenny our bootlegger had no moniker. Vince Kalk was known as the Big Iron, but I never knew the reason why? Maybe there was another incident at the outdoor picture show?


Former Hosmer Store owners
Lawrence & Eva Struck

Previously posted with message 192 on August 15, 2008

From Stan & Joan Wurgler Salmonson (both class of 61): Dunseith, ND

Subject: Artist Janet Haagenson Sedlacek ’61’

Janet Haagenson Sedlacek, DHS Class of ’61’ who lives in Great Falls, Mt. was a featured artist at the Prairie Artists’ Show & Sale at the Christian Center of Lake Metigoshe on Aug. 9-10. She has exhibited her works at numerous shows in Great Falls and the area. She is famous for her painting of the Rendahl Church of rural Dunseith. The beauty of her watercolors can also be seen in her flowers, scenery of the Turtle Mountains, Montana and Alaska. Janet is a sister of Cheryl Haagenson and the late Mickey Grenier. Janet does not have e-mail but can be contacted at 224 Riverview Dr, Great Falls, Mt. 59404.

PS: In a previous picture of the 40th Anniversary of Wayne & Rosemary Smith–Wayne is also from the Class of ’61. Congratulations Janet, Wayne & Rosemary. Class of 61, let’s hear it from you!!

08/04/2017 (2548)

Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):

Gary thanks for the schedule.  Also thanks for the article on Somber and the Seidels.

Kaye Lystad Kirk appreciated it very much.

Hope all is ok with you and your family ( as good as can be anyway ).

I was in Seattle June 5th thru July 9, visiting with my sister Shirley and my other sister Lana was out there as well.

I had a nice time with them.  We went sight seeing a bit as well went to the ocean a couple times.

I brought my granddaughter with me.

We went by train,  it wasn’t as nice as the first time I went in 1977.  Pretty rough riding this time.  Was a different train on way back and it was a lot better.

You all take care now .

Keep up the super job with the blog.


Armentrout Family Card of thanks
Posted by Neol Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Les and Myra Henning (’72) Halvorson’s Grandson
Posted by Neol Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (622) posted on November 14, 2009

Shirley Anderson Doan:

Request from Warren Anderson (65): Rolette, ND.
Gary—my sister, Shirley (Anderson) Doan asked to get on the daily blog. She graduated from Dunseith High in 1961 with Florence Sime. Her E-mail is:
Yakama, WA 98902
Thank You, “65” Warren, keep up the joyful work!!!!!
Warren, It’s always a pleasure seeing your name in my in box. It’s been awhile. Shirley told me that she was in the process of getting email when I talked to her back when I was putting class lists together. I have added her our distribution list and have updated all of my files with her email address.
Shirley, I have you listed with the class of 60. If that is wrong, please let me know. Gary.
Reply from Bonnie SmithKohler: Mountain Iron, MN.
Reply from Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND
Somewhere in the the deep recesses of my mind I recall bits and pieces of the story that Larry Hackman related in the last message(622). I don’t know if I was at the same “dusk to dawner”, or if I just heard it through the grapevine, but I do know that there was a shadowy figure in the Dunseith area at the time that went by the nickname of the “big iron”. Could it be possible that this incident is how he acquired that moniker.
I’m also wondering if Larry remembers the time that he got an ear pierced in a classroom in good old Dunseith High. Or maybe it was grade school. I’m not real sure of the time period, but back then a frequent activity to pass the time while ignoring the instructors was the making and flying of all types of paper airplanes. I don’t know who the guilty party was, but someone fashioned a paper airplane with a stickpin glued into the tip. I just remember turning around and looking up from the schoolwork I was engrossed in and there was Larry struggling to remove a stickpin from an earlobe.
Some of the members of the class of ’65 got an early start “eating any damn thing”. I remember that water glasses filled with raw eggs were pretty much a staple after trips to Perth and Mylo for dances. The Balute that was consumed at the reunion is rumored among those living in the Philippines to have aphrodisiac qualities, but a good friend of mine said that he ate five of them and only two worked so I wouldn’t put much stock in that belief. I’m sure the consumption of the raw eggs was based on similar rumors.
Kenny, it’s always a pleasure seeing your name in my in box too. You have good recall of the past with some good stories. I will always remember you being on my right with all of our formations in Basic Training. If I remember right, you were on the bottom bunk and I was on the top throughout our basic training. I will never forget those days. I turned 21 in basic too. Following basic, we went our separate ways, but both ended up Viet Nam. Gary
Reply to yesterday’s Blog
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Hi Gary,
Hurray for Florence!!!
This was a very comical/interesting newsletter. Great pictures of you, Bernadette, and Gee.

08/02/2017 (2547)




Reply to Ginger LaRocque (’65)
From Kaye Lystad Kirk Fargo, ND

Thank you, Ginger, for finding something (even though it’s awful) about Somber.  I’ve been hunting for Somber for years.  My grandparents, Candace Thompson and Charles Torbert, were married in Somber, November, 1906, by Rev. M—- Bickele (I think).  Witnesses were Ella Thompson and Joseph Pritchard.   There must have been something more than a store in the little town.   Kay Hildebrandt


Sailor from Rolla and Kamikazies from Japan
Posting from Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND


You might be interested in today’s August 1, 2017  Minot Daily news article..

I met Mr. Rasaaka’s widow a few years ago at Rolla Golden Rule..

The Raasaka family of Rolla area were of Finnish descent.

His brother, Ralph was married to mom’s 1st  cousin Violet Wicks.

Violet and Mom were about the same age.

Violet was the daughter of Orville and Hattie Wicks who first lived in the rural  Dunseith area later moved to a farm at Perth.

I remember hearing, Hattie’s ?step dad was involved with the  San Haven dairy and herd.

Ralph and Violet Raasaka lived at Anaconda and  Opportunity, Montana.

Our family visited them whenever  traveling back or forth  from WA.

Mom,Aunt  Priscilla and I visited Violet  last, when she lived at Opportunity about 25 years ago.

We spent a lovely few days with Violet  as house guests.

She, her daughter,  and grandchildren,  took us to visit  the old Butte mines.

Ralph and Violet’s daughter had previously  formed a neat comaraderie with mom, they  communcated through letter writing.

Mom never told us anything from their conversations. Mom  kept a confidence.

Ralph, a hard worker, was employed  in  the mines at Anaconda and Butte.

I think Violet worked as a waitress.

……I believe Ralph  and dad got along well,  as they were both veterans of WWII.




Blog (621) posted on November 13, 2009

Posted on November 13, 2009

Florence Pladson Sime (62) update – (701) 228-2310

From her daughter Becky Sime Coles (83): Spokane, WA.


Just wanted to let everyone know that I visited with mom today and she wanted to send her thanks to everyone. She had so many flowers, plants and cards that I think she was a bit overwhelmed but grateful. She is coming along quite well though still has a ways to go. I was lucky enough to be able to witness he first steps today! She was able to walk to the door of her room and back. Tomorrow we will hope for two trips! Thanks again for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.


Folks, Florence is in the Bottineau Good Samaritan home. Her phone number is (701) 228-2310. Feel free to call her. I know she’d love to hear from you guys. I called her several days ago and had a nice chat with her. Gary.

Congratulations to Wayne (61) & Rosemary Smith (40th anniversary)

From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

I haven’t seen either of you in ages! Congratulations! Rosemary and I were in a number of classes together at Mayville. You have not changed at all!

Allen Richard

Beautiful “Thought for Today”

From Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Thought for Today:” An Act of Kindness Can Never Be Done Too Soon, Cuz You Never Know How Soon It Will Be Too Late”…

Ms. Aggie

Another good Larry Hackman Story

From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND.


Its been a while since I have written. I hope this finds you and your family well. We have had a few in the family sick with the the flu. They have all recovered. I thought maybe I would try and write something up that would cheer people up. It has been a rough fall for deaths. I love falls but the space between fall and winter always seems to fill pages in the newspaper with obituaries. May God be with all our loved ones that have passed on, and comfort their families and friends that have lost loved ones, and comfort and cure them that are ill or hurting.

Gary,Your place really looks nice.

Larry H.

Larry’s story:


Do you remember when it was harder to say no to your bootlegger then it was to your girl friend.Hard to believe that there was such a time!This is such a story, a little exagerated to provide some humor, but it happened just this way, back in the day of the outdoor picture show in Rugby, ND.Its hard to believe that the owner ever shut it down.Some say he did, because he got religon, and the movies were showing to much sex, violence, and bad language. We all are in trouble arn’t we?If he thought them movies were getting that way back in the sixties, what would he think now?I don’t know!But as we get older, we all know we are getting a little closer to our maker.There is now a church on the old movie site on the south side of Rugby.Maybe there is a reason for that?

I understand that someone bought and movedthe screen and movie equipment up to a site near Rolla, ND.I hope them folks up there enjoyed the outdoor movies as much as we did.I’m sure there is a few Dunseith folks, who have attended movies over there and have their own stories to tell.

The story

There was going to be a dusk to dawn showing of movies at the outdoor theater in Rugby.Excitement was running high all day, as plans were being made.The car was washed and vacuumed, everyonewould be bathed, dressed to catch a grils eye,and ready to go by 9:00 am.Arrangements were made to meet the bootlegger and to obtain the refreshments for the trip.Everything was going according to plan. The three of us had met our bootlegger, who was also our friend,and he had went into the bar and was buying our refreshments.As you probably noticed,I’m trying not to say beer here as I understand that their may some reading this that detest the word or be offended.Thats right, we all are from Dunseith or the proximity.Who am I kidding?Our bootlegger came out of the bar with the beer, and jumped into the car, and announced that he had decided to go to the movies with us.You could of heard a pin drop.A near 30 year old man going to the movies with us, a bunch of teen agers.Who would have thought?Nothing to do, but make the best out of a bad situation and buy more beer, and after all, we would have our supplier with us.I guess we would be just watching the movies and running back and forth to the restroom.Damn beer.

We made it into the movies.Sometimes they searched your car for more people who were trying to get in free by laying down on the floor, or hideing in the trunk.I guess that old guy rideing shotgun (on the passenger side up front) was doing some good after all.

We were all watching the movies and maybe getting a little bored.Usually the first one was a fairly new movie and probably the best one of the night and then the next three went downhill from there.I think it was about the middle of the third movie of the night, when this big fellow seemed to get interested in the movie that was playing, right in front of our car, blocking our view of the screen.Now, I don’t remember who threw the beer can and told him to get the hell out of the way.But, I knew from the size of this fellow, that this might not be a good thing.Hell, this guy was big, He looked like he could have escaped from a NFL training camp for Viking, centers.No, I think he was even bigger,He was probably more likely from a Green Bay Packer camp? He was big.He had shoulders that went from here to there, long arms,no neck and a small head.

Does anyone remember that lyceum at the old city hall, when some artist was up on stage showing everyone how to draw pictures.He did a drawing of Mr. Jerstad and he said he had a football players build, because he had no neck?

Like I said, this guy of very little brain, looked like a Bruiser and he came up to the window of the car and saw there was four of us.He said we were in trouble, and that he was coming back.We all looked at each other with that look, “What the hell are we going to do now”?

This guy looked like he was bad.When he turned and walked away from us his arms were so long, I swear his knuckles were draging on the ground behind him.Now I said he was bad, but he was no way as bad as them fellowsyou heard of walking the streets of Mandan, ND. in the sixties, after midnite on Saturday nights.Them guys were bad!I heard tell that some were so bad that they had moss growing on their backs!Thats Bad!Thats damn bad!

Anyway, Dick, the son-of-John, I know you are getting ahead of me with this story?No, I did not ask the guy his nationality.This is not a joke. It seems every time I send Dick a joke about, Ole and Lena, or Lutafisk.He sends one back to me about sauerkraut or tubed meats (sausage).This just makes me hungry.There is nothing better in a slow cooker then a couple of pounds of sausage, (country or German) and a bag or tin of sauerkraut, or a half of a sliced pork loin with a bag or tin of sauerkraut. Let it cook all day. Then enjoy.I can’t imagine anyone trying to mix Lutafisk or balute with sauerkraut, but its been noted before that a few from that class of 65 will eat any damn thing?

This guy that said he was coming back.I think he wof these people that use to live in this part of Pierce County.Some say that when civilization started moving into this area, this group was forced to move out.According to the history of Pierce County, between pages 65 and 66 this group split into two parts.Half moved up to Northern Canada and the other half moved to the Southern Appilachians where they were accepted as kin.Apparently this guy was a straggler and was infatuated with the Creature From The Black Lagoon.Anyway, He said he was coming back.We, continued watching the movie, had another beer or two, and wondered what hell he was coming back as?

It wasn’t long before our car was surrounded with about eight guys,none looking any sharper then the other, and all had about the same build as that first guy, I described.Apparently that history of Pierce County was wrong.They didn’t all move to Northern Canada, but we all know that, that portion of the group that moved South, did move South don’t we? I think Bill verified that in a prvious corespondence.Them eight fellows were all kind of just leaning against our car, like they were tired.

Well anyway, we all knew that we were definitely in a precarious situation.That big dude came up to the front,as a troglodyte.Someone once said there was a encampment passenger side window.Our bootlegger rolled open the window.This Troglodyte at the window, slobbered that he wanted us to get out or they would pull us out.Sounds like they wanted a game of pump-pump-pull-away.Our bootlegger who was as calm as a cucumber, motioned to the fellow to look down at his lap.The fellow looked down and his eyes got bigger then they were, and he shouted, “He has a gun”.Them fellows disappeared so fast, that a person didn,t even know that they were there.I leanedup and looked over the front seat and their in our friends hand was a pistol.I don’t think he had a concealed carry permit.I don’t think we knew what a concealed carry permit was at that time in our lives. So after typing this story and thinking about it,Its probably not a good idea to say no to your bootlegger, if he wants to go along to the outdoor picture show.

Remember to laugh,

Because when you laugh the whole world laughs with you.

Some say that the more you laugh the longer you live and by laughing, you will be helping others live longer also, as they will be laughing with you.

Think about that?


Bottineau Wal-Mart & Geraldine (Gee) from Cebu, Philippines.


As many of you know, Jared Steele who works for Terry Moe (72) at “T’S” Yamaha in Bottineau is married to a Filipina gal from right here in Cebu, Philippines. Her name is Geraldine (Gee). Gee was a cashier in one of the larger department stores in one of the malls here. One evening when we were paying for our stuff and Gee was checking us out, she asked if we had an available son, like so many folks ask. I told her I knew an available guy and asked for her email address. I passed her email address onto Jared and the romance blossomed into a wedding that was held here in Cebu in July 2008. Gee got her Visa and was able to go back to Bottineau this last May.

My brother Darrel (Bud) told me several months ago that he had seen Gee working as a cashier at the Bottineau Wal-Mart. I was recently told that Gee is working days at the Bottineau Wal-Mart. When you guys are in the Bottineau Wal-Mart and you see Gee, tell her “Sir Gary” says hello. Gee is a really nice friendly polite gal. Jared is the same. They make a great couple. Gee stayed with us for nearly nine months while her paper work was being processed. Jared was back and forth during that time too.

Can you believe the Department store Gee was a cashier in, here in the Mall, requires their cashiers to have a college degree. Gee has a Bachelors degree in teaching. I can tell you one thing, her wages are a little higher at Wal-Mart than they were here. She was making less than $6.00 per day here gross. She had withholdings taken out of that and she also had to pay for her uniform.

Before going to Bottineau in May, I know that Gee seldom saw temperatures below 80F. I’m willing to bet that the coldest she had ever seen was about 75F. Jared told me Gee is adjusting well to Bottineau and the weather.

Gee was a bit nervous in these two top pictures of her with Bernadette and me. These pictures were taken early on after we first met Gee. We were evaluating her to give a report back to Jared and of coarse she knew that. Can you emagine how nervous that would make a person? Anyway we gave Jared a great report.