02/28/2018 (2605)

Happy 102nd  Birthday Lillian Thompson Bergstrom (DHS ’36): Superior, WN
From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73):   Grafton, ND

Happy birthday Lillian.


Dunseith Bicycle Classes
Question/posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I was wondering if anyone remembers who lived in the city of Dunseith, taking classes to ride a bicycle?  I  remember,  had to learn all the hand signals what side of the road to ride and whatever else is involved in riding a bike. That was pretty neat! I was a bike rider!  I rode bike everyday all day!  After the work I had to do at home. I would at times  have to go shopping for mom for an item or two. Which was a learning experience money wise as well. I  remember this one time she sent me to the Red Owl to get some ground beef. She gave me $2 , so I  put the money in my jean pocket the pockets were slanted. I got on my bike and off I went to the store over the railroad tracks across the Kalks yard on to the store. I  got to the store,  NO MONEY! I cannot explain how I  felt to have lost mom’s hard earned money. So off home I went to tell mom I lost her money, after telling her she pulls out 2 more dollars handed them to me, I took that money held it in my hand and held on to the handle bar. The next day I think it was Barbara Kalk who said that they found $2 in their yard yesterday.

I sure had strong legs back in the day.



Hockey/Olympics/Lamoureux Sisters
Reply Ellen Graff Myrick (58): Grand Forks, ND

Hi Gary,

Jocelyn and Monique are from Grand Forks.  They pronounce their last name ‘Lamb e row”
I asked them once if they had relatives in Dunseith and they said they didn’t. Apparently they

both work at Altru hospital here in Grand Forks.

Ellen S. Myrick


Hockey/Olympics/Lamoureux Sisters
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary, Larry Liere,  and Dunseith Friends,

I was told  the Lamoureux sisters grew up in Grand Forks. ND.

I understand, the Lamoureux sisters chose to  attend learn and play  hockey on the women’s Hockey team at UND.

UND women’s Hockey team was strong and known in national championships, which put eager anticipation in other young women to continue pursuing hockey.

ND mens’ hockey continues to be  a national treasure.

The UND Women’ s hockey team  was an up and coming   “player” in the world of women’s hockey.

Unfortunately, the UND women’s hockey program  was eliminated last year.

I was and I continue to be very disgusted with the decision by UND  (wise ? leaders)  to eliminate  the women’s hockey program.

(That comment is  just an opinion, for what it’s worth)

I graduated from UND earning a  Bachelor of Science  degree in education  followed  later by earning  a  Masters of Science  degree in Counseling,

At this time, I know several young ladies attending Bottineau School who play hockey for  the Bottineau Green Line  Girls Hockey Team.

The girls are physically fit, understand the importance of  cooperating  and work  together.

Kids involved in hockey have unyielding support of their parents

Hockey parents work hard (with sacrifice give up their own  time and material things/stuff’ ) supporting  their  kid.

These ‘kids’ are connected to famiiy, teammates and community.

I think the women’s Olympic hockey team  was built by the similar experiences.

And, I am proud of the USA team and I am also privileged to know young ladies who will also be future leaders in what ever they choose.

Children who know their identity, are connected  to family and community,  will use their power in positive ways.

Please support ‘kids’ with Many Thanks.

Vickie L. Metcalfe
February 23, 2018


Condolences to the Betty Delorme Peltier family
Posting and Obit from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith School Friends,

I wish to extend  belated sympathy to the family  and extended family of Betty (Delorme) Peltier.

Betty’s  father Janes,  was  brother to our family’s  friend and neighbor Genevive Morin.

I  recall her husband,  Tom Belgarde and his son’s, hauling hay and straw  bales for dad in the evenings after their work.

I believe many of the her children attended Dunseith Public School .

With respect .

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Betty Peltier
Peltier, Betty 2405
April 17, 1933 – February 16, 2018

Betty M. Peltier, age 84 of Dunseith, died Friday February 16, 2018 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith, North Dakota. Burial will be in the spring in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. A wake service will be held on Sunday February 25, 2018 beginning at 5:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Church.

Betty M. Peltier, a daughter of James and Mildred (Allery) Delorme, was born on April 17, 1933 at Belcourt. She was reared and educated in the rural Dunseith area. Betty attended a little Country School in the Rural Dunseith Area. On September 20, 1949 Betty married Louis (Tom) Belgarde at St. Mary’s Church in Dunseith. Together they raised 8 children and they also helped raise a very special nephew Robbie Delorme. They made their home together in the Dunseith Area they started and owned a gas station, she also had many jobs growing up, from working at San Haven, after a long illness Tom passed away in 1985 and Betty remained at home in the rural Dunseith she then worked at the Turtle Mountain Corporation where she retired in 1989. Betty married Joseph Peltier from Langdon, North Dakota on June 30, 1989 together they traveled and spent a lot of time seeing the Country. They served as foster parents for 10 years.  Betty loved traveling and telling her family about the many things of the world that she encountered and had the opportunity to experience. Joseph passed away on March 17, 2009. Betty loved to spend time with her children and grand-children and go out and socialize and visit with her many friends at the Bingo and Casino. .

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church

She is survived by sons, Dennis (Gail) Belgarde of Fargo, Tom (Paula) Belgarde of Belcourt, Sylvester (Ginger) Belgarde of Dunseith, and daughters, Janice (Larry) Morin, of Fargo, Debbie (Elvis) Gladue, of Dunseith and Betty Jean Belgarde of Dunseith; foster daughters, Robin St. Claire Lopez, Raelynn St. Claire, Jolene DeCoteau and Shyleen Crissler and a very special nephew, Robbie (Debbie) Delorme Fargo, 28 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great grandchildren and her sister: Verna Poitra of Dunseith, North Dakota.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; Joseph; her husband Tom; daughter Linda Bjugstad, her son Kenneth Belgarde her granddaughter Amy Gladue and her great granddaughter Jolinda Vivier; brothers, Clifford, Leonard, Larry Delorme and her sisters; Doris Gunville and Leona Poitra.

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


Blog (679) posted on January 11, 2010

Posted on January 11, 2010

Question from Harlyn Oppeboen (51): Colorado Springs, CO

Gary as a kid growing up in Dunseith, I remember picking potatoes for someone. I don’t remember who it was or where the potato fields were. Do you remember or possibly some of your reader? I do remember there were several kids involved. I would guess it was in 1945 when I was about 13.

Harlyn Oppeboen

Reply to a personal message about the Traffic in the PI

From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Whoa! Didn’t realize that you lived in such a large city or that traffic was that congested during rush hour. I wouldn’t want to go too many places with traffic like that! I did my rough traffic time during the last ten or so years that I lived and worked in Minneapolis. When Terry and I first moved there in 1974, we could drive to any place in twenty minutes. By the time I moved to St. Cloud 26 years later, some roads we just didn’t drive on and others were parking lots much of the day. Back roads were the fastest.

Here in Greenville, SC getting to the main shopping center is relatively easy, but there is a four mile area called Woodruff Road filled with trendy strip malls and restaurants where most people shop. Whoever designed that area should have bodily harm done to them. At Christmas, it’s best not even to attempt Woodruff Road – stop lights at most intersections and traffic backed up onto the interstates. Fortunately I don’t like shopping that much so I only am on Woodruff a couple of times a month – and only during working hours.

I wish you could attend the upcoming Dunseith reunion. Since you have initiated this blog, you have become Mr. Dunseith!!!!!! I don’t think you know how important your blogs are to those of us who have Dunseith connections. Your blog is like a daily cup of coffee at Dale’s Cafe ‘”shooting the breeze.” It’s a warm, loving connection that ties all of us to so many people. Because of you, I’ve connected with Lola, Dick, Charlene, you and others – heart attachments that would hot have happened otherwise. Your “work” is extremely valuable. Thank you.


Brenda, I thanked you with a personal reply for these nice comments, but I want to do so again with the blog. I try to keep things focused on topics of interest to the Dunseith Alumni. That includes topics/pictures of the Alumni folks both past and present and any history and stories that folks would like to share. We can not loose that focus. I will slip a forward in here and there, but I try to keep them to a minimum. Yes, I too have connected & reconnected with so many great folks doing this. Those connections are invaluable. The older we get the more invaluable these connections become. Gary

From Gwen Struck Dumas (68): Havre, MT

Hi Gary,
I thought in one of the blogs I saw Kelly Woods as attending the May reunion, but don’t see him on this list. If he is indeed attending I would like to add my son Michael (Mike, as he prefers) Stevenson to the list. He and Kelly have started communicating due to this blog and haven’t seen each other in nearly 25 years. They played together constantly when I still lived in Dunseith and he always came with Charlene to visit in Bottineau. They were just the cutest little buddy’s!! And could I tell some funny stories about the two of them. Anyway thank you for all you do and Blessings to the two of you in the new year.

Kelly Woods (89) Reply: Massena, NY


As much as I would love to come, I cannot attend this year.

Leave restrictions at work will only allow me to attend my nephew’s graduation in Olalla Washington this June.

Mike and I had some pretty good times as children in Dunseith. I remember playing in the store that his grandparents used to own, and all the times I would visit my own grandmother in Bottineau and take off and see Mike at his mother’s house. A lot of memories your blog has refreshed.

Thank you for all your hard work.

Kelly Woods

Class of 1989

Kelly, This must be your brother Jeff’s son who is graduating. He lives in Olalla. Olalla is about 20 miles south of Bremerton. Having lived there for 37 years, I know that area well.

Gwen, I will add your son Mike to the reunion list. Gary

Country school reunion date correction posted yesterday

Reply from Linda Gardner: Vienna, VA

HI Gary – I had a wonderfully long conversation this afternoon with Orvin Hagen. Not only did he yodel for me but he sang in Norwegian as well. Maybe we can get him to yodel at the Country School Reunion. BTW, the date of the reunion is July 10.

Linda, I really goofed with yesterday’s posting. The Country School Reunion date is July 10th as stated in your registration form. I quickly misread June 1st as being the reunion date when in fact that is when you’d like to have all the applications returned by. I have attached your sign up form again with this message.

I’m glad to hear that you had a nice visit with Orvin. Orvin told me he has had recent requests to yodel in some of the many community affairs he is associated with. I’m sure, if requested, he will Yodel for you guys at the reunion. Yodeling is a natural talent of his of which he is very good at. Orvin was one of the few neighbors who could converse with Mrs. Ole Rispa too, who pretty spoke only Norwegian. There is only one Orvin Hagan on the face of this earth, the one we love and remember so well. He is a guy with many perfected natural talents. He’ll be 89 years old this coming July and still going strong. In 2007 he still had his fast walk. Gary

Reposting of the G.R. Gleason Co. post card June 29, 1928

From Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN

Hi Gary, I thought the readers would enjoy this tidbit of history in the automobile business back in the day. I know I have seen this ad before but was not sure if it was on the blog… very interesting compared to todays prices and I wonder if this would still be honored…:)


Yes, it was on this blog that you saw this. I first got this from Sharron Gottbreht Shen posted with message 387 on 3/2/09. At the time I was thinking she actually had the post card with the Bottineau post markings. Then on 3/18/09 I received this same post card from Bill Hosmer (48) of which I reposted with message 403. When received it from Bill I knew it had to be posted on the NET.

This is so interesting, I received this same card several days ago from a good friend of mine who lives in AZ that sends out 6 forwards each day. This was one of his forwards to his list of 50 or so folks. This guy has never heard of Bottineau and I don’t think realizes I came from ND either. So this card is making it’s rounds. I remember lots of talk about the C.R. Gleason dealership in Bottineau, but they had been bought out by Theels from the time I can remember back too. You are like me, you see these things knowing you’ve seen them before but have forgotten where.

It’s been nearly a year since this was last posted, so I thinks it’s due for another posting.

It’s great hearing from you.


1928 Car Repair Mailer

Automotive repair in 1928……… and on a penny postcard…….



As what’s been usual practice the last while, I’ve been taking the two laptop computers along with Bernadette’s nephew’s 3 kids, ages 3, 5 & 6, outside on the porch when they show up in the mornings to play on the computers. They just get too noisy for me.

It was so cute a few minutes ago. Isa, short for Isabella, the 3 year old girl, came in the office telling me low bat. She knows I have the charger and will connect it up to her computer of which I did. She then turned it back on getting back into the internet and into her game. Those 3 kids are giving computer lessons, not only to the other kids, but the adults as well. Her brothers have momentarily taken a computer break and are playing with the other kids. Gary



02/23/2018 (2604)

Happy 102nd  Birthday Lillian Thompson Bergstrom (DHS ’36): Superior, WN

Lillian is the oldest living to have ever graduated from Dunseith High School. She graduated with the class of 1936.

Lillian’s mother was a Stokes. She and my dad were first cousins. She was a sister to Ella (Eldon) Pladson and Easter (Edmar) Tangen.

Last report I had, Lillian was still of very sound mind. She had a little loss of hearing is all.

Lillian, you are looking great! We wish you the best. Happy birthday.

Face book posting
Thompson, Lillian 2604



Blog (678) posted on January 10, 2010

Posted on January 10, 2010


I had a really nice chat with Gary Metcalfe when he called me yesterday. In the course of our conversation he said to me “you are a cousin to Jean Pladson Aren’t you” and of course I proudly said “Yes”. He said “I leaned to know her and a lot of the folks that attended church at Metigoshe when we went to church there”. This morning, evening in ND, I decided to call Jean of which I did. As always we had a good visit. Gary & Sue, she remembers you guys well. She remembers Leah, your daughter too. Jean is also first cousins to the Morinville siblings. She was telling me about visiting and spending time with Bev when she was in the hospital for the last time. She also saw Deb when Deb visited Bev in the Hospital in Minot. As most of you know Deb had a stroke a year or so ago that has left her paralyzed on one side and affected her speech. Jean said she for sure knows people and had an emotional bonding with her. Jean is still living on the farm in the hills. She lives a half mile south of Highway 43 on the county line.


Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (48): Lake Metigoshe, ND.

My son, Ross, no longer lives in ND. He did live in Kenmare many years,
working in the Bank there, but in 2002 moved to Lake Havasu City and
started up a bank with three others. I just returned from visiting them
for a few weeks over the holidays.
Mona (Dionne) Johnson ’48

Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND.


Allen, I really enjoyed the pictures of the Pigeon family and Gary is
right, you are the spittin’ image of your uncle Ydola…and I always
thought you took after us Richards…:)

I had to smile at Bernadette getting her nails done….I could handle
that. Good to see a photo…sure had fun on the cruise.. We are
sitting her in Minot with about 36 inches of snow and so happy that it
is going to be 20 above today. It has been very frigid weather…20
below…for the past several days…and that is too cold for me.
Still we bundle up and go out and about. Reminds me of the time in
fourth grade at the old white school house in Dunseith when one of the
kids dared me to put my tongue on the metal bar outside…he said it
would stick and I didn’t believe him..so, of course I did it with
several kids watching. Lo and behold, my tongue was stuck and I was
saying ” Go and get the teather…go and get the teather…while my
tongue stayed on the metal bar…she poured some water on it and it
came loose…can you spell dumb?

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Orvin Hagen Memories:

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Gary and friends,
The name Orvin, brings warm smiles on many faces of recognition!
Just this week Wes and Ovida Scheinder and I were discussing
the difference between lefse and tortilla’s. Wes was reminded of his
brother Warren’s childhood friend Orvin Hagen. One afternoon, Orvin
walked south cross country from the Hagen farm four miles to visit
Warren. That evening, Orvin was invited to stay the night. , Mrs.
Schnieder went to off to bed and the house became quiet, the boys
had the “hankering” for a treat. Orvin knew just the thing. As
Orvin and Warren proceeded to mix up some dough, the wood stove was
fired up. They didn’t eat the first piece, Mrs. Schnieder was
aroused to a house full of smoke and a floury mixture burning on top
the kitchen stove. And the Schneider family was formally introduced
to lefse by Orvin.

Some years ago, Floyd and Dorothy Lamb celebrated their
wedding anniversary at the International Peace Garden. Orvin and I
were somehow talked into, by the very convincing Martha and Dean to
re-enact a wedding. Those two were always very convincing
cousins……I was shy , Orvin was not…….Dean insisted I was to
act the groom’s part because I looked like a Lamb. Giving in, I
slicked my pulled hair back under the collar of a white dress shirt
and tie, someone drew a mustache under my nose. Wearing trousers, I
stood alone in front of the lodge. People were puzzled,still, very
quiet. Me, I was quit sober wondering “what am I doing, Oh yeah, I
‘m doing this for Floyd and Dorothy.” …….I didn’t have to act
nervous …I was trembling. I stood there with shaky knees
pretending to be Floyd awaiting his lovely Dorothy. Suddenly,Uncle
Floyd’s booming laughter filled the lodge as Orvin decked out in a
wig and dress came simpering down the aisle carrying a bridal bouquet
of rhubarb leaves. Soon, the whole lodge was filled with laughter.
Thanks to Orvin the day was filled with joy.
Vickie Metcalfe


Orvin will be at the “Turtle Mountain Country School” Reunion this coming June 1st. This reunion is being organized by Linda Gardner and will be held at the Twin Oaks at Lake Metigoshe. I posted the registration form yesterday. For those of you interested and need the form, please reply to this message and I will forward a copy to you.

Orvin was very well know throughout whole area and beyond. He was the head gardner at the Peace Garden for years. He was also our 4-H leader, a job of which he held for over 20 years. Since retiring, Orvin has lived in Kindred ND. Kindrid is a small town near Fargo. Orvin continues to be very active in community affairs. Orvin continues to be young at heart and he is the same ole Orvin we have always known.


Wes and Ovida Schneider:

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Hello Gary and friends.
“Are you all wintering well?”
My across the street to the north neighbors are Wes and Ovida
Schneider. Buie watches for them out the window and loves to visit
them in their warm cozy kitchen. Wes gives him just one treat,
gently strokes and scratches him behind his ears. Ovida puts out a
dish of fresh water. Buie is so happy and relieved of winter “cabin

Wes tells stories, some of his siblings. One story is of his
older brother Sal’s friend Jim Metcalfe, coming to stay overnight,
in the morning Wesley and his younger brother Warren, woke to hear
the older boys….young men in the process of breaking a horse.
The battle between young men and the horse was underway. Wes and
Warren peered out the upstairs window watching when Jim
…….finally managed to stay on the horse and galloped away for
a long time. Riding back later into the yard the horse was more

Wes also boxed with the Metcalfe boys, he was a little older
than Emil. He said Emil was quite strong and held back. on his
punches. He thinks he may have boxed with Clifford. I asked him if
he boxed Leona? (My dad Cliff said Leona was quite good….as he
finally managed to win a match with her when he was….17. ) Wes
said he hadn’t ever boxed Leona, so maybe she only sported with her

Wes told me there were also boxing gloves at Dunseith school
which students could us and box at times.
Wes also recalled times when his parents drove up into the
hills to pick up some of the Metcalfe family to attend church at
the Dunseith Stone Church. After church,they would then, all eat
Sunday dinner at his parents, Pete Schneider (the elder) home 5
miles west of Dunseith. Rose Metcalfe’s beautiful voice would
entertain them all with hymns and favored songs. ( I need to ask Wes,
if any of his own musically gifted sisters accompanied grandma on the
piano or drums? In the later afternoon, one of the Schneider’s
would drive the Metcalfe family home

His father Peter (the elder) drove school bus, farmed with
horses, and milked cows. Cream cans were hauled twice a week into
the Dunseith depot train station and shipped to Minnesota.
And, he remembers the local Dunseith rural mail carriers Glen
Williams and Adrian Egbert.

Yes, I am very fond of my neighbors, Wes and Ovida. I don’t
get dog treats or scratches behind my ears….Ovidia puts out a
“little lunch and tea”……..And then, they treat me with a nice
visit. All the while, my wee white dog contentedly, sleepily
drowses with Wes’ strokes as we listen to wonderful history.
Keep cozy and winter well. As ever. Vickie

Freida Schneider Ferguson’s Obit reposted with picture:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Freida Ferguson

(Died January 6, 2010)

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Freida Ferguson, age 97 of Bottineau, died Wednesday at a Bottineau nursing home. Funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at theGraceLutheranBrethrenChurch in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at theRiversideCemetery in Dunseith.

Freida Ferguson, a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Koch) Schneider, was born on June 27, 1912 at LaCrosse, KA. On July 31, 1955, she married Wallace Ferguson at Carrington. Wally passed away on July 15, 1990.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Gonsales ofSan Francisco,CA; brother, Wesley Schneider of Bottineau and nieces and nephews.

02/21/2018 (2603)

Big OOps! Correction
From Vickie Metcafle (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary and friends,

            Mom took the black and white photos with her Brownie box camera. In those  times,  photos were sent  thorough US mail to be developed

            In  haste, I neglected to identify all my Uncles. I left out an uncle, Lucky.  Deep sorrow moved into our home ……. January ’59.

            Mom sent the photos to be developed  sometime after G’ma  passed away.

Thanks Gary,


Vickie L. Metcalfe


Replies from Posting
From Kaye K. Lystad Kirk (Bottineau):  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

Thank you for this information you have sent me.

Also, I wanted to let you know that since you’ve published your blog with my requests, I’ve gotten (and accepted) FB Friend Requests from two Torgerson/Tooke descendants: Donna Robinson & Deb Striker Kubela. I also got an email from Larry Tooke who gave me his sister Sharon’s phone number here in Fargo. Apparently, she has done quite a bit of family history research.

So I should be good to go!

Again, your blog is just outstanding with the people it reaches and the amount of help it provides people! You’ve done an excellent job with it! Bravo!

Take care, Gary, and thank you!


Gary’s Reply
You are so Welcome Keye. You postings are very interesting to many of our readers. Thanks


Reply to the reply of Cebu, Philippine Fiesta pictures posted last Friday.
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO

It’s a completely different style of living.  I hope groceries are less expensive there if you feed that many.  The ladies I used to work with were excellent cooks and we all loved   the dishes they brought to work for pot luck days.  Do you ever just go fishing or take time for yourself ? Really enjoyed reading the above. I could get accustomed to all the help for sure. Thanks for sharing

Gary’s Reply
Sharon, Groceries are about the same price as back in the states, however we eat most of our evening meals out. Restaurant food is much less expensive here than in the USA. Eating out is a chance for Bernadette to get out too on a daily bases when she is able. Tata goes with us most of the time too, to take care of Bernadette.

I play pool on Tuesday’s and bowl on Wednesday’s. With the Mall being only 2/3 of a mile from our house, I am there a lot too, sometimes 3 times per day. 3 or 4 times per week I do a two mile walk in the mall also.


Blog (677) posted on January 10, 2010

Posted on January 10, 2010

DeAnn Gottbreht

Posted by Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

Hi Gary:

I have DeAnn’s approval to send you this…………I would like to let everyone know of a fund raiser that will be held this month for DeAnn Gottbreht. DeAnn is the daughter of Brenda (Hill) Mueller (70) and Ernie Gottbreht (65). A few months ago, DeAnn was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been undergoing chemo and will also undergo surgery sometime in the near future. DeAnn is also expecting her first baby in the next few months, but Mom and Baby are both doing well. If you’d like to check her Caringbridge journal and/or leave her a message, you can find her at:http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

DeAnn lives in Portal, ND, where she works as a Customs and Border Protection Officer. On January 21, friends and co-workers there are sponsoring a fund raiser for DeAnn to help with medical expenses. They are sponsoring a soup and sandwich benefit at the Portal School from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. All donations will be matched by Thrivent Lutheran. I’ve asked DeAnn about donations from those of us who cannot attend but would like to help out and would also like the donation amount included in the total for the matched amount. DeAnn is going to check with the organizers and will post that info on her Caringbridge site.

Please keep DeAnn – and her very supportive family – in your prayers!

Paula Fassett-Pfuhl

Reply from Roger & Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

hi just read 01-5-10 Dunseith news alumini.

I didn’t know Alma Halvorson (Mrs, Cliff Halvorson) was a teacher. I took care of Cliff as a Home Health nurse in his home alot before as he died.

I saw Ruth Pederson yesterday @ Good Samaritan center.She was Roger’s teacher. She’s a nice lady. I know Diane Pedie too. She lives in Bismarck & is a retired teacher. That’s a nice pic. of Debby & Bud. Take care Roger & Connie

Connie, is this the Ruth Pederson that was married to Pete and lived in the hills? As I remember they lived in the Long Lake area. Ruth and my mother were very close friends. They were very active members of the Metigoshe Lutheran church Ladies Aid. Gary

Hill Side School:

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Reply to Floyd Dion…Thanks for the come back Floyd. You letter kind of closes a chapter on Hillside Township for me. When we started talking about this area, thanks to Vance Bailey and Gary Stokes, I did not realize what a vital area it was in the old days.In all my years, it was isolated without roads and had been vacated, so now I have a clear picture of where Wilmer Dion lived. When my dad’s old dog got into Wilmer’s chicken coop, it must have been the way Wilmer handled that infraction, as Dad always had great respect for Wilmer. Just one more of his thousand stories.

That great teacher, Laura Olson, was raised about 4 miles east of your old place and you must have some war time stories with six uncles in WW1, looks like Army at that.

I can still smell that glue Alphie used on the boot repair. I don’t think he was aware of the fact that he was so entertaining and that French accent did a lot for Ernie Richard too!

Thanks Gary Stokes and all who contribute. Gary Metcalfe

Spencer Teal:

From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Dear Gary, I am writing to tell you and your family to count their blessings, they could be living in Minnesota where the snow squeaks when you walk, and your car grumbles when you try to start it.

Spencer Teal has been mentioned and I’d like to relate some of my memories about him.

The Teals were close neighbors to us. Spencer considered our home his home away from home. Everyday at noon he would stop at our home for lunch. (No hot lunch program at Dunseith back then.) Lunch was not the only meal he had with us as Spencer kept close tabs on the days that my Mother baked. When Mother baked caramel rolls you could count on Spencer stopping by. Spencer was a good friend of my sister Eleanor and when ever Eleanor and her friends were spending an evening at our home Spencer was included. When the little kids (me) got in the way of the teenagers Spencer would make a deal with us. If we would go to our bedrooms and stay out of the way he would promise to make each of us a drawing of our choice. The next morning we would find our drawings waiting for us. These were not quick crude drawings, they looked almost like photo’s and we loved them. Sometimes they were on paper and often they were done on the large chalk board. They were pictures of “Pokey” Spencer’s cat, and his dog “Judee” and our horse “Star”. Spencer helped us make snowmen that looked just like people. Once the picture of our snowmen was printed in the Dunseith Journal. He treated us like the little brothers and sisters he never had. Spencer was a very talented man.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)

Previously posted with message 653

From Dick Johnson (66): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

One guy from the class of ’46 at DHS was Spencer Teal. He was the son
of Bill and Irene Teal. Bill was the depot agent at Dunseith for many
years. Spencer was traveling with a dance troupe from Paris, France and
was enroute to Japan when the passenger jet he was on crashed on Mt.
Fuji in Japan in 1966. There were no survivors. A young woman from
Leeds, ND was also on that plane. I think she was traveling as part of a
beauty pageant or similar function. I still have the Life Magazine that
tells the entire story of the crash. Spencer was in the same graduating
class as my folks and was a friend of theirs.
Thanks Gary!


Note: The plane crash aritlce Spencer was killed in is posted with message 654.

Dunseith Alumni Website link – http://garystokes.net/default.aspx

Johnson Families:

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND


I think Mona will write to you with info on Shirley Johnson
Haagenson. Shirley was a sister to Chuck, Mona’s husband and also a
sister to Warren and Walter Johnson. Their dad was employed at the San.
They too, are a separate ‘Johnson’ and not related to either side of my
family. I think she graduated from DHS in ’51 but would have to look it
up for sure. She and ‘Hogie’ spend their winters in Yuma, AZ and spend a
lot of time with my uncle and aunt, Cliff and Joy Johnson, going to
music jams and visiting. Cliff always has news on what he and Joy and
the Haagensons have been up to.


Dick, I did not realize that Shirley Johnson Haagenson was a sister to Mona’s husband Chuck and that Johnson family. Putting the class lists together I discovered that Norman/Shirley Johnson Haagenson & Cliff/Joy Nordquist Johnson were very good friends but not related. Norman/Shirley & Cliff/Joy did not have email when I was putting the lists together.

Cliff is a brother to your dad Don. He and Joy live Elmo, MT. Did Cliff attend Dunseith? I don’t have him listed in any of the class lists. He was an educator with a college degree, so he must have attended high school somewhere. Joy (Nordquist) graduated from DHS in 1955.

Norman & Shirley Johnson Haagenson live in Vancouver, WA. They both graduated from DHS in 1951. Gary

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and All!

I knew that there were quite a few children in the Greig family. Most of them had married and moved away. The members that I mentioned were the only ones that were living at home when I knew them.

They seemed to be ignored by some, so we invited the children over to play and visit. We knew they were extremely poor but they were proud and never complained. I remember going to their home once looking for some livestock that had strayed. I was suprised to see that they had dirt floors in their log home. Mrs Greig was very cheery and I liked her immediately. Martin, the oldest boy was a game warden, and I guess Raymond worke where ever he could find it. The three girls and Jimmy were bright students, and never caused any problems at school. I remember Jimmy wearing a felt hat, the style popular with men in the 20’s and 30’s. Must have been a hand me down, He was not very big but he wanted to hunt with me, and he always brought his dog Limpy, a rat terrier with, you guessed it, a limp. He couldn’t have been much older than 9 but he was apretty good shot with a rather disreputable looking slide action 22 caliber rifle. I guess he struck me as someone who would make his own way without help. The reason I asked is that i really would like to talk to one of the family members for old times sake. I am sorry that Jimmy is gone. He was a good kid.

Thanks for listening to an old sentimental fool .


Erling, Violet Greig Coats lives in AZ. I found an address for a Violet Coats in Mesa, but no phone number. She is 87 years old. There are Greig’s listed in Rugby and Bismarck. I’m pretty sure they are all members of this same family. Gary

Norman Johnson:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

In answer (maybe) to Gary Metcalfe’s question about Norman
Johnson—-he was a brother to Bennie, Johnnie, and Hank, and all the
sisters. I don’t personally remember him when I was young, but we did
stop by in Washington state to see him once. He was staying with his
daughter, Betty Johnson Belcourt who was married to Alfred Belcourt.
Norman had a son named Wesley, who married Mavis Espe. He also had a
daughter named Bernice, who was married to Billy Metcalfe.I think it was
in the 70s or so that Grandma got the word that he had passed away out
west. I didn’t know he was in the well drilling business around here but
he sure could have been. If this isn’t the Norman Johnson you are asking
about—I’m going to give up! Too many people with the same name! Thanks


Norman Johnson:

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


Sue wrote – Gary thought this was such a neat video that he wanted to share it with you.

The Norman Johnson I am thinking of I am pretty sure was married to one of Nick Lunde’s daughters. He was referred to as “Dry Hole Johnson” and had a colorful past. He was a water well driller.

As if you don’t have enough to think about, Norman “Snooky” Haagenson’s wife, Shirley was Chuck and Walter Johnson’s sister. I am sure you knew of them. Chuck was the Laundry man at San Haven for years.

I thought the BEAR video was educational at the least. Thanks for all your hard work. Gary Metcalfe


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Reply to Cebu, Philippine Fiesta pictures posted last Friday.
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO

That’s so interesting Gary.   Sounds beautiful but a tremendous amount of work.  Seems like you entertain very often and so lavishly.  That’s wonderful

Gary’s Reply
Thanks Sharon for the nice reply and comments. It’s not nearly as lavish as it appears. It’s the culture here. We have good help, so there is very little work on my part. I just tell them what and how I want things done and it happens. I let our help decide the Lunch Menu of which they prepared. They know my likes and dislikes and plan accordingly.

Tata has been with us for 15 years, so she knows us very well. Even as close as we are to her, she always maintains the employer/employee relationship and respect. In Bernadette’s life I am the closest and most important person to her. Tata, I will have to say is number two. Especially now with her sickness. Her primary Job is taking care of Bernadette, however she helps with the other house hold chores too. She handles Bernadette so well and Bernadette listens to her too, of which she often times doesn’t for me.

We have three inside helpers. Mirasol is on duty from 8 AM to 5 PM and Marites is on duty from 5 PM to 9:30 PM. Tata is on duty when needed for Bernadette. She lives 20 feet from our house. She checks on Bernadette many times per day too and is with her often. My duty is from 9:30 PM to 8 AM daily. Bernadette can’t be left alone. We also have a helper that maintains the outside premises. His day off is Sunday. The others work 7 days per week. They get time off if needed. We are pretty liberal.
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Message and Pictures
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

I’ve always enjoyed taking  a listen to country music.
And, I was dumbstruck hearing lyrics of “Broken Wings”!

My Dad’s Metcalfe family always enjoyed the best of times when shared together.
As a child among them, I felt their love in the laughter and  their love in  the music.

(“They’ve all gone to wherever they may go. They  belong to the by and by.”  {Christopher A. Stapleton }


Vickie Leona  Metcalfe

Christmas Day  1958 at Jean’s Seattle home
Archie, Cliff, & Emil
Jean, G’ma Rose & Leona
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The coastal Deer was hunted by Uncle Emil  in the Cascades
Fall 1958 in the little barn.
Cliff, Archie, Emil
Janice, Kathy, & Elaine
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Want Took family info – Need help Identifying Art Torgerson Picture:
From Kaye K. Lystad Kirk (Bottineau): Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

I have two requests for you and your blog readers this week. I know it’s asking a lot, but I’m really hoping I can get some help.

#1) Could I ask you to share the this photo with your readers, as I really would like help identifying the two boys seated with my great uncle, Art Torgerson

Art is seated in the middle of this photo. I believe the other two boys would be younger cousins of his, descended from the Aasness, Bjornseth, OR Torgerson lines. Does anyone happen to recognize them?
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The above photo was just shared with me this week by a distant relative & was a BIG surprise as it is a picture of a favorite person in our family of which we have VERY FEW photos: my great uncle, Arthur Torgerson (1904-1978). All of the Torgerson family photos were destroyed when the house burned to the ground in 1957. The Torgersons (Andrew & Clara (Bjornseth)) lived in Homen Township. Arthur was a lineman for the Turtle Mountain Farmer’s Telephone Company for 40 years.

(If it helps, I figure that this photo was maybe taken around 1916, making Art around 12 years old or so. And these other boys were maybe 3-5 years old or so. So they would’ve been born around 1911-1913. And of course I could be off by a few years either way.)
#2) Secondly, Gary, do you have any Tookes that subscribe to your blog that I could get in touch with? Specifically, ones that are descended from Anna Marie Torgerson/Torgeson (1896-1996) married to Walter Tooke (1883-1941).

Anna Marie was a first cousin to my maternal grandmother, Thelma (Torgerson) Emerson and I’m trying to complete some family history on that side.

Anna Marie’s parents were Aslak “Oscar” Torgerson (1855-1911) and Ingeborg “Inga” Rude (1879-1956). Oscar perished in a blizzard in Willow Lake Township. Oscar & Inga had seven children at the time of his death, ranging from a one-year old to a 15-year old. After his death, Inga married James Saulsbury from the Wahpeton area and relocated there. I’m not certain if the older children relocated or if they stayed behind with family & friends.

Sometime after Oscar’s death, the children started going by the last name of ‘Torgeson’ instead of ‘Torgerson.’ Some of the younger ones that relocated to Wahpeton took on their stepdad’s last name of Saulsbury, including Oscar and Allen.

For your reader’s interest, this a copy of the somewhat meager newspaper account of Oscar’s death.
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In addition, I’m also wondering if the two unidentified boys in my photograph that I’m wondering about above might be any of Anna Marie’s brothers, since these boys would be first cousins to my great uncle, Art (the one in the middle of the photo):

1) Oscar J. (1906-1939), who I believe died in Wilkin County, Minn.,
2) Arthur S. (1908-1989), who died in Minot,
3) William Theodore (1910-1988), who died in Richland County, ND; OR
4) Allen (1912-?) (I’m not sure if Inga is Oscar’s son or if he is James Saulsbury’s son, as I don’t know when Inga & James married.)

I hope you (or someone out there) can help me. Thanks, Gary.
Kind Regards,
Kaye K. Lystad Kirk


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Posted on January 9, 2010

John (Jack) Johnson Family:

From Albert Johnson (70): Rolla, ND.


Shirley Johnson Haagenson is the youngest of the John (Jack) Johnson family of Dunseith. Her brothers were Walt, Joe aka Warren, Roger, Chuck (married to Mona), Bob & Bud. Her father was the manager of the laundry at San Haven and his son Chuck later became the laundry manager at San Haven. Jack Johnson was a direct emigrant from Sweden and was not related to any other Johnsons in the area. I think the only remaining descendants remaining in this area are me and my sister Linda Juntunen of Rolla. Gary please sign me up for the upcoming reunion also.

Albert Johnson (70)

Follow up reply from Albert:

Hello Gary,

After giving it more thought, I remembered that Mona and Chuck Johnson still have two sons in the Bottineau area that are also grandsons of Jack Johnson of Dunseith. Brian is a manager at one of the banks in Bottineau and I think his brother Ross is still in the Bottineau area.

Albert Johnson

Luella Halvorson Dion (47):

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

Hi Gary

You mentioned that Ruth Peterson, Lloyd Larshus, Rena Roland, Dorothy Clark, were first cousins. My wife Luella is also a first cousin of all of them, as Luella’s mother was a sister to Ruths mother and also a sister to Lloyd, Rena & Dorothy’s mother. Luella is not related to Art Rude.



Lloyd Larshus, Rena Roland and Dorothy Clark are siblings. All the years I have known them I did not realize they were cousins to Luella and her bothers Clifford, Albert, Lester & Harvey. I have known Ruth Peterson since my childhood days too and did not realize she was a cousin to all of them either. Their mothers were all Larson sisters, daughters of Nels and Jorgina or Regina Larson. The Bottineau book lists Mrs. Nels Larson as Jorgina and the Dunseith Book as Regina. The Nels Larson family is not listed in either of the Bottineau or Dunseith books.

Lloyd and Orlene Flaata Larshus often celebrated their wedding anniversary with my folks. Lloyd/Orlene & my folks were married on June 18th, but in different years. Lloyd and Orlene were married in 1950 and my folks were married in 1941. Whenever we are in the Dunseith/Bottineau area, Dorothy Clark always invites us to her house for coffee, lunch and some good conversation. Reuben, her husband, was a brother to Dave Clark the third. I worked for and lived with Dave & Vivian Clark, following high school, for about a year and a half, before going west. They were great folks and treated me as one of their own. We have remained good friends over the years.


John Andreoff Family:

Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND.

Thank you to Ron Peltier for posting the obituary of John Andreoff.

A couple of days ago I saw Carlyle Nelson at the Bowling Alley coffee shop in Bottineau. He handed me a copy of the Turtle Mt Times (dated 1/4/10) which had an article on his daughter Melissa Nelson. Melissa is a nationally renowned author, ecologist, & educator who teaches at University of San Francisco and specializes in cross cultural studies. Her mother is Theresa Davis Nelson formerly of Dunseith and her dad is an old family friend of ours. Carlyle is the son of Abe Nelson and had five sisters Evelyn, Loretta, Romona, EdnaMae, and Lavonne. He grew up on a farm on the Willow Lake Road. His two oldest sisters Loretta and Evelyn roomed in town with mom and my aunt Marie Parrill who were also Nelsons but no relation. Carlyle’s daughter was visiting her dad in ND and spoke at the Turtle Mt Community College fairly recently.

Anyway, after I read the article in the Times on Melissa, I was saddened to read John Andreoff’s obituary. He was married to Janie Martin. Just a couple of months ago I wrote about Gerald Martin and had Neola post his obituary. These two were brother- in -laws and I knew John was very sick at the time of Gerald’s funeral as neither he nor Janie made it out to Williston for the services. As I mentioned before, Gerald and Janie’s mother, Josephine (Lazotte) Martin, babysat me and our families were good friends. Josephine grew up on a farm near Belcourt and I never pass by on Hwy 5 without thinking of her. I was with her when she visited her parents who lived in a big white house on the north side of the road and at that time there was a convent south of there. Now I think there the new Ojibway School is down there somewhere. The convent had other uses later and I am not sure what it is used for now. Lazotte’s donated their land to build the convent (at least that was my understanding). The manufacturing plant sits right below the hill on the South side. The convent was pretty much out of site from the highway.

I was showing the obit to mom the other night and she related the story of when John and Janie got married and they swung by the farm to inform the folks of the event. Mom taught Gerald and Janie (Mary Jane) at the Butte School.

Cliff Johnson, Dick’s Uncle:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

In answer to Gary’s question about my uncle Cliff Johnson. He went
to his early grades in Towner, ND and middle grades in Dunseith. Because
of the road conditions here in the hills he went back to Towner to
finish high school. There he stayed with his aunt and uncle and
graduated in 1951. He worked for the soil conservation service as a cat
operator and then had the Standard Oil bulk service in Rolette. He went
to work building the Minot Air base and then went back to college and
became a superintendent of schools. He was in several locations in ND
and MT and retired while at Hamilton, MT. They spend their summers at
Flathead Lake, MT and winters in AZ and Mexico. They come ‘home’ to ND
just about every summer and spend a few days with us and other relatives
and friends. Thanks Gary!


Freida Schneider Ferrguson Obituary:

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

Freida Ferrguson
(Died January 6, 2010) 

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Freida Ferguson, age 97 of Bottineau, died Wednesday at a Bottineau nursing home. Funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Dunseith.

Freida Ferguson, a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Koch) Schneider, was born on June 27, 1912 at LaCrosse, KA. On July 31, 1955, she married Wallace Ferguson at Carrington. Wally passed away on July 15, 1990.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Gonsales of San Francisco, CA; brother, Wesley Schneider of Bottineau and nieces and nephews.

Reply to Gary Metcalfe’s (57) Bear Vidio:

From Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.


The movie clip, “The Bear”, is from a feature length film of the same name. It is really a good movie. The whole film follows these two bears in an interesting story line.


Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion:

From Linda Gardner:Vienna, VA.

Hi Gary – Thank you for the great job you are doing keeping us connected and up to date on everyone!!! I look forward to reading your e-mail blog every morning.

I have scheduled the Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion for July 10, 2010, and was hoping you would post the attached announcement in your blog. For anyone interested I can also provide hotel information at the Twin Oaks.

Also, could you give me the contact information for the local papers so I can have it posted there as well?

Again, thanks for all you do!

Follow up reply from Linda to Gary:

I wish you could attend also – I plan to pick up Orvin Hagen to so he can be with us as well as a host of others! I’ve already heard back from Janet LeNoue (Parrill) and Karen Prouty (Wenstad) – I think several of Lawrence’s family will be there also.

Thanks for all your help!


It’s great that you are picking up Orvin Hagen and that he can attend. Orvin will for sure liven things up. You’ll have to ask him to Yodel a couple of tunes. He gave me a sample of his yodeling when I last talked to him over the phone. He’s good. Orvin was born July 14, 1921, so he’s got a few years behind him. Orvin has not lost his spunk. He’s the same Orvin we have always known.

I pasted your announcement below and I have also attached a copy for folks to open and print out the registration form. Gary

Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion

July 10, 2010

Plans are underway to hold a Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion on July 10, 2010, at the Twin Oaks Resort & Convention Center at Lake Metigoshe.Anyone who attended a country school in the Turtle Mountains or is interested in celebrating an educational life style of the past is welcome to attend.The cost is $42.00 per person.Reservations and advance payment are required.Please fill out the form below and mail to:

Linda Gardner

3059 Sugar Lane

Vienna, VA22181

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

Folks, I am sure many of you know Dale Simon. Dale is married to Karen Hagen (70), Daughter of Clarence & Mary Ann

ND Snow Pictures from Bismarck:

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

Harvey Orndorf is a much loved Casavant descendant and cousin of ours and former resident of Deering, ND. I thought you might post a few snapshots from his friends in Bismarck. Harvey’s grandparents were Art Perrin and Ozina Casavant. Ozina was a sister to Lucien Casavant the grandfather of Aggie, Aime, etc, etc. Pics reminds me of my winter in Grand Forks ’64/’65. Evie was also there visiting at Uncle Ernies. Big snow in NY about ’97 where I saw a few bumper stickers which read “I SURRENDER GOD”.

Thank you dear friends for your thoughts and best wishes as you lift up sweet DeAnn Gottbreht.




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

Hi Gary,

Seeing Dianne Pedie’s name sent me checking for pictures of her. She is my classmate. This picture was taken at our 50-year class reunion (held at Norway House) in July 2007. These two couples had been married 50 years at that time.

Richard/Dick Grimm is originally from the St. John area. His wife, Ardell Willard Grimm, is from Willow City.


P.S. I have Alex/Dianne’s family picture from many years ago, in Bottineau. I’ll try to remember to send it to you–another Wondrasek picture.


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I don’t have much today so I posted pictures of Bernadette’s annual fiesta that was held this past Sunday. Bernadette wasn’t at all well this past Sunday either. She is better now.

Today is the Chinese New Year too. It’s federal holiday here in the Philippines. There are lots of Chinese/Filipino folks here. Their ancestors, from several generations back, came from China. The Chinese/Filipino’s are the true business folks of the Philippines.

Fiesta (Catholic) at the Stokes house every February

This is Bernadette’s Fiesta that she has every February. This was the ninth day (Sunday) of prayers that was followed with a heavy lunch.
With this being the ninth day, the prayers were followed with a catholic Church Laymen/priest devotion

Food was served in the house and eaten on the tables outside. Pretty much just the locals here. About 60 folks.
Bernadette was not at all well. Our help managed to get her up and outside for the Devotion. She got her communion and went back in the house to lie on her bed.
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Bernadette wasn’t well, but she was able to participate
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Posted on January 8, 2010

James Andreoff’s Obituary:

Posted By Ron Peltier (70): Dunseith, ND

Gary: The Andreoff family lived north of San Haven back in the early 60’s and the whole family packed up and moved to the Minneapolis area about this time. My father (Joseph J. Peltier) was close friends with Mike, who was a younger brother, and real close with John. Mike died from a brown recluse spider bite about 10 years ago. I haven’t seen John since my father died which was on October 5th, 2002. I remember John on his Harley Davidson bike pulling up to my dad’s house unannounced in the summer and my dad and him would take off on his Harley Davidson. It was real funny to see two elderly men going down the road on a motorbike, my dad in back. John will be greatly missed.

Ron Peltier

James Andreoff

January 28, 1937 – Saturday, December 5, 2009

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James “John” Andreoff, age 72, of Rockford, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

He was born on January 28, 1937 in Dunseith, North Dakota the son of Evan & Josephine DeCoteau Andreoff. John was a member of The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

He formerly attended Minneapolis Business College for accounting. John owned and operated his own trucking business and also drove truck for Cam Martin.

He loved riding Harley Davidson Motor Cycles. John belonged to H.O.G. and to The Minnesota Motorcycle Riders’ Association.

Survived by loving wife: Mary Jane Andreoff; children: Pam Barta, Janice (Randy) Wilson, Johnny Andreoff and Connie (Bruce) Wolf; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; sisters: Martha Falde and Josephine Griffis; a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 11th at 10:30 A.M. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Monticello. Father Timothy Rudolphi will be the Celebrant.

A visitation will be held at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home on Thursday, December 10th from 4-8 P.M. Further visitation will be held at the Church on Friday morning, December 11th one hour prior to Mass.

Honorary Casket Bearers: All of John’s Family and Friends.

Casket Bearers will be Jakup Wilson, Tony Wolf, Chuck Barta, Jesse Barta, Scott Tierney and Rudy McBrayer

Freida Schneider Ferguson passed away:

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Gary, FYI

Freida Ferguson was an older sister of Wes Schneider. She is also
the aunt of Betty Jane (Schneider) Lamb.

Minot Daily Obituaries
POSTED: January 7, 2010

FREIDA FERGUSON, 97, Bottineau, died Wednesday in a Bottineau nursing
home. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)

Teal Family:

Reply from Bob Hosmer (56): Lynnwood, WA

Hi Gary,

I enjoy these conversations coming through your expertise and coordination. Bonnie mentioned Spencer Teal. I didn’t know what close friends he had. Though I spent a lot of time with Bill Teal at the Depot as a kid, I never got to know Spencer that well. I used to watch him skate on the old rink across the street from our house and I was amazed at his style and ability–especially his ability to skate backward. I watched closely and may have asked him how to do it. Anyway, I started skating backward in his style and loved it. It was the way I chose to skate most of the time–switching forward and backward with ease, until the motion actually tore the runner off the bottom of my skate boot a winter or two later.

Bob Hosmer

Ruth Larshus Peterson:

Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

And a good North Dakota cold crisp day to Gary, Connie Zorn Landsverk and all,

Ruth Peterson, was married to Pete Peterson of the Long lake area. I believe she was related to Mr. Rude and his mother Hannah through the Larshus side of the family. Her husband was Pete. Her sister-in-law, Grace Peterson, who was married to Oscar also taught in Dunseith.

Oscar and Pete’s sister, Bertha ({Peterson) Kittleson was a long time cook at Bottineau Central school. She is a thoughtful hard working, lady with a great memory and sense of humor. A truly wonderful person! Always up for a good visit, We’ve had many good chats about when Bertha in her teens, first taught country school, it was Wetherall. She boarded with the Howery family just south of the school ( the farm later owned by Hilda and Leroy Strong). Bertha told me of teaching there two terms. Among, student names, she mentioned were the Howery children, Eurich girls, Lorraine,Jack , and Bertha, Metcalfe and a Gillis girl. Her father brought her over to Willow Lake township and left her to her employment. Bertha got so very homesick. She told me and recalled one weekend dreading the time away from family, so, choosing not to stay where she boarded, she walked and walked the many miles through the hills and trees west to her parents farm in Bottineau County. She arrived late on a Friday night . her father was kind enough to bring her back onSunday night. Bertha also was one good cook. I haven’t had good school sauerkraut since she left!

Her sister-in -law, Ruth Peterson also has many memorable stories of country schools and people. Last summer, I visited Bertha and Ruth at the 3:00 p.m coffee time which is open to anyone. Also there, were the Dion’s, Floyd and Louella. Ruth’s daughter shared with us the Norweigian” sound/vocabulary to make when one takes a taste of something so good …….like…….Juneberry pie and your really anticipating….. the juicy…. sweet… berry taste……..and get an unwelcome surprise she said it was was !!!!!!!!!!!. Ah hah! Now I have my first Norweigian word in my vocabulary list. …..And to think, I used to just say Yuck! Ish! Ackkkk! Bug or worm!

Later Vickie

Vickie, Racking my brain, I remember Ruth Peterson being a school teacher. I never knew her in that capacity though. I think she must have been hired in Dunseith after I graduated. I knew Pete and Ruth thru the church. As I remember Ruth and Pete were married later in life. You are right with Ruth being related to Art Rude. They are first cousins. Some of Art & Ruth’s other cousins are Lloyd Larshus, Rena (Ernie) Roland and Dorothy (Reuben) Clark. I remember Oscar and Grace Peterson too.

From Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Hi Gary,

With more years behind me,than ahead of me, I thought for sure I would leave this life saying,nothing has ever left me speechless…

I just finished watching the video of “The Bear” by Jean Jacques Annaud… I’m speechless…. Aggie

Linda Lagasse Passed Away:

Reply from Linda Johnson Juntunen (72): Perth, ND

Hello Gary,

Thank you and Neola for your questions and concerns. Paul Juntunen is our nephew, he is married to Linda Lagasse’s daughter, Wendy. It is not so much Linda that is from here but her husband Joe is from the Rolla area.

Linda J. Juntunen


Microlap Technologies, Inc.

Ph 701.477.3193.ext 18




Gary Stokes


Marlene Henderson sent this to me; she probably sent it to you, too. I know you have Juntnen’s in your list, but I don’t know how closely they are related to Mrs. Lagasse.


Linda L. Lagasse


E-mailVisit Guest Book

GARNER – Linda L. Lagasse, 66, of Garner passed away Thursday (Dec. 31, 2009) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after a brief but courageous fight with leukemia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner with the Father Brian Dellaert officiating. Burial will be in Madison Township Cemetery in Forest City.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Cataldo Funeral Chapel in Garner with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. 
Linda L. Lagasse, the daughter of Peter and Eunice (Wilson) Etzen was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Forest City. She graduated from Forest City High School in 1961. On April 11, 1964, she was united in marriage to Joe Lagasse in Minneapolis, Minn. They lived in several states before making their home in Garner in 1976. Linda was employed as a secretary, waitressed and managed food establishments throughout the years in the area. She retired in 2006 from Perkins Restaurant in Mason City. Linda was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending her time reading, doing crossword puzzles, baking, spending time with her family, friends and foremost being with her grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Red Hat Society and the Blind Association in Mason City.
Linda is survived by her loving husband, Joe, of Garner; son, Robin Lagasse of Minneapolis, Minn., and his daughter, Summer; daughter, Wendy (Paul) Juntunen, of Rolla, N.D., and their three children, Jadyn, Haley and Kylie; daughter, Dawn (Brian) Henley of Marshalltown, and their two sons, Creighton and Matt; and two nephews, Brad and Bryan Saathoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sandra Saathoff; and brother, Scott Etzen.
Cataldo Funeral Home, 641-923-2841.

Pigeon Family photo:

Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Others who attended Hillside school. The Pigeon family – early 1950’s Back row -Ydola, Theodore (Ted), Ubald (Jack), Romulus (Bae) front — Louise, (Horsman) Pigeon, Hortence (Pigeon) Robert and Emeline (Richard) Pigeon.

The other pictures are of Pigeon Store and the view they got of the farm from the pasture about a half mile westl.

Allen Richard

Pigeon Family:
Back: Ydola, Theodore (Ted), Ubald (Jack) and Romulus (Bae)
Front: Louise Horsman; Grandma Hortence (Robert); Emeline Richard.

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

02/13/2018 (2600)

Hackman Relative located her cousins
Message from Lori Domina:  Kansas

Hello Gary and family in North Dakota

I stumbled upon the site and am so happy I found it. First, I’m not sure if we are related, as I am  related  to the Hackman family. Marian (Kraft) Hackman was my aunt, she was my mom’s sister-my mother’s name is Regina (Kraft) Bertsch from Rugby, ND. I had read a school reunion blog on this site awhile back and recognized a name and picture of Henry Hackman (he is my cousin), and I remember his graduation  picture sitting in my mom’s china cabinet.

It would be a delight if family contacted me.

Lori (Vetsch) Domina



Reply from Bob Lykins (DHS business teacher):  Hutto, TX


Always great to get photos of you and your family and friends and to learn of your activities.  It must be a pleasant burden to be surrounded by so many lovely ladies.  Thanks for all you do to keep us all informed about the folks from Dunseith.

Bob Lykins

Yes a great pleasure indeed. Makes me feel young too.


Lloyd Await Remembered – From: Alan Wondrasek
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

For Lloyd Awalt American Legion BB was a big part of his life. His wife, brought in his VFW Jacket and his American Legion BB Jacket. The Veterans Honor Lloyd for all his years as a veteran, VFW member and American Legion Member and Baseball. Lloyd loved BB and Loved the American Legion. His uniforms are with the American Legion BB Hall of Fame.

(Yes, we saved a spot in the middle for Mr. Baseball – Harley – when he is gone.

Awalt 2600


Doris Ione Halvorson Kittleson Obituary
Posted  by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Halverson Kittleson, Doris 2600

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


This  painted a thousand words. “CEBU” 


……back in ND at the foot of the a TURTLES

We’ve  been day dressing _ layer, upon layer & yet another layer.

Cautiously crossing slick streets__ waddling like plump mummified penguins .

Followed by  another shivering 1 dog night,  turning up heat_ again,  again & again. 


The best of  today?  

___________________Blue skies, sunshine, no snow and no wind!

Until later, spend  your trophy money wisely

Vickie Metcalfe

I’m in Bowling for the Camaraderie.
Yes, I know you guys in ND have been have a cold spell.
You are welcome to visit us anytime here in Cebu. Today’s it’s raining and about 82F.  a bit cooler than Normal.


Blog (674) posted on January 6, 2010

Birthday Card shower for Dorothy Pritchard:
Dorothy Pritichard will be 97 years young on January 25th. Dorothy has been a resident at Saint Andrews long term for several years now. She’s a little slow moving around, but her mind is sharp as ever. The hospital prints off all of these daily messages for her to read, however the copy they get from me today for Dorothy will not have this posting of her. This card shower will be a surprise for her.
Dorothy and Robert Pritchard and family were our Neighbors to the south up in the hills. Their children John (62), Dale (63), and Carol (67) graduated from Dunseith. Robert was a brother to Corbin and Winifred Eurich.
If at all possible, please send Dorothy a card. Your cards will for sure brighten her days.
Dorothy Pritchard
Room 109
316 Ohmer St
Bottineau, ND 58318
Questions from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI
Hi Gary and All:
I have been meaning to tell you that the picture of me on my book was taken on a pile of freshly peeled logs in front of our home, and there was two pictures taken of me, the one on the book and the other one is of me sitting on tom Hagens lap and tom was laughing on the photo, which he did quite often. He and my Dad were close friends, and worked together quite a bit. The question I have is this; Our very near neighbor to the northeast was Norin and Mabel Erickson and their daughter sylvia. They moved away, and somehow we lost track of them. I believe Mabel was a Windom, Hans Windom’s daughter. The other question I have is about the Greig Family. They lived northwest from us, possibly a little over a half mile. I attended school with Violet, Bernice, Sally and Jimmy, I knew their older brothers Raymond and Martin, I believe their fathers name was Bill. I know they moved to the west coast, and perhaps they simply vanished into the seattle or tacoma area, but I can’t help wondering what happened to them. I know they had a tough time of it there in the hills, but the children were certainly bright and well mannered. I know that Raymond served in the military in WWII, but has since passed away. So I guess if anyone has a clue especially about the younger ones, that would be Bernice, Sally, and Jim. Jimmy is about in his late seventies, and I think they left and completed their education out on the west coast. That of course is a guess. I want to wish everyone on your blog a HAPPY NEW YEAR, and Thank you Gary for doing such a splendid job of maintaining this collection of old friends.
Erling, there is a short write-up about the Bill Greig family in the 1984 Bottineau Centennial book on page 559. Jimmy is deceased and Sally and Bernice were living in Idaho. There married names are not listed. There were 16 children in that family. Hopefully someone has more info about this family. Gary
Cora Westby Obituary:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Note: Vickie, Seeing Cora had been a teacher in Dunseith, Neola sent us Cora’s obit too. We were seeking more info about her before posting. Thank you so much for this added info about Cora. Your timing was perfect. Gary
Mrs Cora Westby taught with and along side Mrs.A. Halvorson, Mrs.
Ruth Peterson, Mrs. Esther Maute, Mrs. Mary Ann Hagen, Mrs. Diane
Pedie, Mrs. Mary Ann Brennan, Mrs.A. Halls, Mrs. Marie and Millie
Parrill, Mrs. F. Williams, Miss Anna Nelson and many others under
the leadership of Mr. Art Rude in the “new Pods” at Dunseith
Elementary in the late 60’s early 70’s.
I believe she taught my younger brothers. Vickie

Cora Westby

Sept. 1, 1917-Jan. 2, 2010POSTED: January 5, 2010

Cora Arvilla Westby, 92, Rugby, North Dakota, died Saturday, Jan. 2,
2010, at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1917, at Overly, North Dakota, the daughter
of Thorvald and Ronnaug “Rosie” (Moe) Johnson. She attended grade
school and graduated from Overly High School in 1935. She earned a
teaching certificate from Minot State Teachers College in 1937. She
taught school in South Valley and Wolf Creek Consolidated Schools in
Rolette County and the Dunseith Public School.

She was a member of Willow Creek Lutheran Church in Overly, where she
taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school for many years. Later
she became a member of Valle Lutheran Church in Rolette. She was a
4-H leader for many years.

She married Leo Edward Westby on Nov. 21, 1941, in Rolette. They
lived on a farm in Wolf Creek Township until moving to Rolette in
1980. They spent twenty winters in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Mr. Westby died on Nov. 13, 1998.

In 1998 she moved to the Haaland Manor in Rugby. She was a member of
the Valle Lutheran Church , W.E.L.C.A. Dorcus Circle, Birthday Club,
and the North Dakota Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed
crafts, reading, playing cards, and doing puzzles.

She is survived by: her son, Randy Isak and his wife, Deb Westby,
Minot, and a daughter-in-law, Linda Westby, Valley City. Surviving
grandchildren are Coralee Demers, Andrea Rall, Krista Oehlke, Jill
Westby, Clarissa Westby-Bullen and Ryan Leo Westby; and 9

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Leonard
Johnson, in 1989; her husband; and a son, Harley Dale, in 2003.

Visitation and family service: Visitation today, Jan. 5, from 3 to 9
p.m. at the Niewoehner Funeral Home, Rugby, with a family service at
7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral: Will be at Valle Lutheran Church in Rolette on Wednesday,
Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. The Rev. John K. Hesford will officiate.

Casket bearers will be her grandsons, Ryan Westby, Mark Demers,
Alexander, Joel, Jonah, and Joshua Rall. Margaret Wittmayer will be
the pianist.

There will be reviewal at the church one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the spring in the Rolette Cemetery in Rolette.

Memorials: Memorials are welcome to the Willow Creek Lutheran Church
Centennial Fund. (Niewoehner Funeral Home, Rugby)

My brother Darrel (Bud) & Debby Stokes:
Folks, This is a picture of Bud & Debbie on our Alaskan Cruise this past summer. We recieved their Christmas card several days ago with this nice picture of both of them. Gary
Debby & Darrel Stokes

02/08/2018 (2599)

Replies to Gary’s Bob Leonard Question?
Reply from Bob Leonard (’51): Dunseith, ND


I’m the Bob Leonard from Dunseith.  The cat must have been shot by either Bob Leonard from St. John, the County Commissioner or his son who has the same name, think he uses Jr. with his name.  We are not related.


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

It’s the Bob Leonard from St. John.

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

Gary and Dunseith friends,

The photo Mel sent in  is Bob Leonard from St. John…. Upsilon lake  area.

Bob  serves  as a Rolette County Commissioner.

Bob and my dad worked  together for several years  plastering and taping.

Dad enjoyed working with Bob, and  he became a  trusted friend.

Plastering is hard physical work, but  Bob and Dad  always enjoyed   laughter.


Vickie  Metcalfe


Bowling awards yesterday.
I opt for the money vise the trophy.
Stokes 2598-2

Stokes 2598-1


Blog (673) posted on January 5, 2010


Elaine Stokes Memories:
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND
Gary,How wonderful to see a picture of your mother as a young woman. I often
think of those young couples all together in that little area of the
Turtle Mountains. I remember my mother, Irene Hiatt, talking about moving
to the hills when she and dad got married. She said Bob and Elaine Stokes
had been married for 5 years at that time and she couldn’t imagine being
married for that long. We would laugh because both my folks and yours had
been married for well past 25 years and heading for 50. I know both
couples eventually made it past 50. Did your folks make it to 60 years?

As I think of your mom I just want to let you, Allen, and Darrel know I
always thought the world of her and admired her in so many ways. I always
could tell people who knew me from before I could remember. I believe
there was a time when I was very young I was called Marlie. I do not ever
remember being called Marlie by anyone except two ladies – Elaine Stokes
and my mother’s sister Dorothy Berg. I always felt this was a special
connection to them from a time before I could remember.


From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): Alvarado, TX
Hey Gary, FYI. The Cowboy Stadium is awesome. I’m so happy to be there. I really can’t share with any of our friends but as I last told you about our bomb threat, I have been aware of so many safeguards. We have snipers inside and out. Tonight I had a fight with 2 sup. adult men. I had to keep them in line for some time with out police and it wasen’t untill much later when I realized that the weapons were most likey on us! Thanks to growing up with 5 brothers they are now calling me Ref. WOW! I’m still with the Red Cross. Thank God for no storms but we have had so many fires. I’m still in shock since my husband died. I don’t know if I told you but I was holding him as he died. I almost went “crazy” and I lived in our house for 9 months before I realized that I did not have to stay there. I sill own it and I have trucks parked on the property. It is rented out as we have a family trust. Unfortunatly, I am the trustee. I’m back to being sane, or so I say. I would still consider Dunseith home but, my husband is buried down here so wherever he isit’s home. I look forward to our daily updates and thank you so much for doing what you are even though I’m sure it is a chore but done with love. Susan Johnson
The other Maurice Johnson:
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Reply to the Johnson Puzzle
I will write a bit about Maurice Johnson as I feel very few people ever knew him. Maurice was in the Merchant Marines during WWII, which was very hazardous duty. They would dock in Seattle and we lived not too far from the docks, so my dad and a couple of his brothers would manage to bump into Maurice once in awhile. They enjoyed talking over old times and I think tried to get him back to the ship on time. Maurice was Glen Johnson’s brother.
There were not too many people around who had more fun than Maurice’s parents, Johnny and Stella Johnson. Stella was a Smith and they had a restaurant in Dunseith at one time.
Gary, didn’t Old Dry Hole Norman Johnson, the well driller, have a brother Maurice? I always wondered how that Maurice fit in.
Thanks to all. Gary Metcalfe
Gary, Thank you so much for this info on the other Maurice Johnson. Your are right, I don’t think many folks knew him.
I can’t recall Norman Johnson. Which Johnson family does he fit into?
Which Johnson family does Shirley Johnson Haagenson fit into? She is married to Norman Haagenson.

02/05/2018 (2598)

Posting from Mel Kuhn (’70): St. John, ND


Bob Leonard got this 120 lb. Kitty behind his house at Lake Upsilon.


Gary’s question
Mel, is this Bob Leonard from Dunseith or another Bob Leonard?


Arla Hall (Recently Deceased Teacher) Pictures
From Neola Kofoid Garbe Bottineau & Minot, ND

 Hi, Gary.

I’m sending a picture of Mrs. Hall–if you want to share with your readers.


Arla Hall Correction
From Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary,

Correction I should have wrote, Mom called her  Miss Wilson.

I  never knew  Arla Hall  until I moved  to Bottineau. I  met her through the “Nelson” sisters, Millie, Marie & Jeannie,  and Bette Nerpel. They were a group who enjoyed  a good game of cards, enjoyed a visit, laughter….and coffee!

One day after school  few short years ago I was, at the local Jerry’s Grocery shopping after school . I saw Millie (Nelson) Parrill ,her sister Jeanne, Arla Hall and Bette Nerpel.  The ladies had picked up a frozen  pizza, and were gathering  all kinds of extra ingredients including cheese to top it off.

They were going to Bette’s house on Main street to bake the pizza and play cards. I stopped by to leave some homemade sauer kraut for Bette. She was having trouble with the stove, and  asked me to help.  I told her I am not a wiz at appliances but will try, and managed to figure out the problem.

Those  ladies invited  me to share their pizza and play cards.  I said,  ‘I can’t  shuffle or deal  and  I’d probably eat the whole yummy pizza creation, and for me  school tomorrow.”

That  wonderful group of ladies always had alot of fun  together  and  interesting snippets of history while visiting.

Until later, Vickie


Reply to Yesterday’s posting
From Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Bob Leonard & kitty 2018 caught in the Turtle Mountains
Do people still let their kids play outside in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota?



Larry Ellingson Replies

 From Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

Good Morning Gary,

If my memory is correct I believe Larry Ellingson lived with my mom and dad (Norman and Irene Hiatt) for a while.  I do not know anything about who he was living with before that.  I believe there was some connection to Freddie Hiatt and I believe he stayed with us at the request of Freddie.  I don’t think he stayed with us too long.

I may have this all wrong and maybe I am not even thinking of the right person.  Being older, Jim Hiatt and the Slyter boys probably know more.  I’d love to hear more details about the situation.

Marlys Hiatt


From David Slyter (’70):  Sabin, MN.

Dear Gary and Marlys:

Larry Ellingson was the son of Albert and Violet Ellingson.   I know we use to visit them when we lived out West in Renton Washington.   Violet  was an Aunt to my mom Margaret S. Hiatt.    I do remember Larry but only he was around his home in Renton Washington.

My memory fades me about his visit to the North Dakota homes of Freddie and Norman Hiatt.   Nor do I know of any relationship with a gal from the Dunseith/Belcourt area.    So sorry I can’t help in that area.    Maybe Richard or Robert would know something.

I just called Richard and he remembers the time that Larry came to visit the Hiatt’s.   He is having a bit of a problem remember the girls name that Larry dated back then.   Hopefully he will remember something and we will let you know if the young ladies name pops up.

Hope for a good outcome

Dave Slyter   😊  (70)


From Dick Johnson (’68):Dunseith, ND


I do remember Larry.  I could be wrong but I thought he stayed with Freddie and Margaret and may have been related to the Slyter side of the crew?  I suppose he could have also been a relative of Margaret’s side,  not sure.  I don’t think he was related to the Hiatt side of the family.  I certainly remember him.  He wasn’t here long but I do remember him.



 Reply from Kaye Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

I have a photograph of Alvin Berg because he was married to my great aunt Lillian Torgerson in 1941. I am attaching a photograph of them. I think the photograph that Dick Johnson sent you is definitely Alvin Berg, unless he and Martin look uncannily alike.

Kaye K. Lystad Kirk

Alvin or Martin Berg
Berg, Alvine 2598-1Berg, Alvine 2598-2

Berg, Martin 2598

Neola Garbe Kofoid’s reply – Picture above: 

 Hi, Gary.

I’m quite sure the “Berg son” you included in your newsletter is Alvin.  As you can see by the picture I’m including, Martin always really resembled his father (in looks). :)



Bjornseth-Aasness Family Reunion
Reply from Kaye Lystad Kirk: Fargo, ND

FYI: There will be a Bjornseth-Aasness Family Reunion at the Christian Center this coming July 28-29, 2018! For more info please join our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/BjornsethAasnessReunion/


Blog (672) posted on January 4, 2010


Posted on January 4, 2009

Donald Egbert:

Reply from Claudette McLeod (80): Dunseith, ND


Great story about Donald Egbert, You have a great way of bringing out good things about everyone you share stories about. However I must include that I visit with Donald every time I see him, he was a great friend to my deceased father (Leonard McLeod) and Donald has stories that he shares all the time. He has the mind of an elephant he remembers everything, as well as everyone! He truly is a great person.

Claudette McLeod

Turtle Mountain Outreach

Office (701)244-0199

Posted on the Dunseith Alumni Website: http://garystokes.net/default.aspx

From: Jennifer Bergan
Phone: E-mail: Message:

Hi I was wondering what kind of info you have for the Bergan family in Dunseith?


Folks, I have added Jennifer to our distribution. Jennifer is a granddaughter of Clayton Bergan. Her parents are Kenneth (Deceased) and Julie Aasness Bergan. Julie’s mother is Audrey Hanson Aitchinson. Audrey is my first cousin.

Jennifer, It is a pleasure adding you to our distribution list. I know you have been doing some genealogy on the Bergan family. Please share any thing that you have. Gary

Pigeon Family photo:

From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

I scanned a few pictures my folks had. Some of the “Frenchies” might find them interesting  I won’t put them all in one letter.

Top: The Pigeon family. This was in the early 1950’s. Front Louise Horsman; Grandma Hortence (Robert); my mother Emeline.

Back: Ydola, Theodore (Ted), Ubald (Jack) and Romulus (Bae)

Below: Pictures of “Pigeon Store” and the farm taken from the pasture. These pictures would be from the late 1940’s

Happy New Year everyone!


Allen, These are great! Thanks for sharing. With my first glimpse of this at this picture, I thought that was you in the upper left. You are a mirror image of your uncle Ydola. Gary

Pigeon Family:
Back: Ydola, Theodore (Ted), Ubald (Jack) and Romulus (Bae)
Front: Louise Horsman; Grandma Hortence (Robert); Emeline Richard.

Arla Berg’s Husband, Tony Marteliano’s Obituary:

Marvin Olson update:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Hi Gary,

I’m reading your newsletter. I decided I’d make a few notes as I’m reading.

Marvin Olson now lives (at least for now) at Good Sam. His sister-in-law, Terry’s wife, works there. She was the former Carol Pugh, daughter of Al Pugh who owned a grocery store in Bottineau for many years.

As the records you enclosed state, Arla Berg Marteliano has passed away. Tony passed away a couple of years ago, too. I’m including Tony’s obituary. Use it if you want, but it’s not necessary. 

Anthony “Tony” D. Marteliano, 90 of Port Charlotte, FL passed away on Monday, February 4, 2008. Anthony was born on April 21, 1917 in New York City, New York the son of Charles and Sadie (Salvaggio) Marteliano. After he served in the US Navy he worked for 26 years as a boiler mechanic at the utility company. After he retired he moved to Port Charlotte in 1979 from Downer Grove, IL and was a member of the Elks Lodge 2153, the American Legion Post 110, the Italian American Club, the Sons of Italy and the Illinois Club.
Anthony was predeceased by his wife Arla. He is survived by his Sisters Mary and Santa Marteliano who live in New York, and many friends.
Services for Anthony Marteliano will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 11:30 AM with a visitation prior to the service from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. Burial will follow at the Royal Palm Cemetery.

Neola’s comment: Tony/Arla lived in Chicago for many years. I’m assuming they moved to Florida when they retired. From entries made in Tony’s guestbook, Tony/Arla also lived in New York City/Downers Grove, Illinois.

I’m also sending Tony’s obituary as an attachment–genealogists who receive your newsletters MIGHT be interested in Tony’s obituary.


Bernadette having a Manicure/Pedicure.

We were invited out to a birthday party late yesterday afternoon. Strapped for time having her nails done, Bernadette solicited the assistance of Gaga & Tata, our helpers, to remove the old polish. The gal sitting on the stool is a local manicurist that comes to the house. Her fees, including the polish, are 50 cents per Limb. Gary

Arthur Foss Obituary:

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

This is old; I wanted to send it before I throw the paper. I might have sent it before.


Arthur Foss

(February 7, 1921 – October 9, 2009)

Arthur Foss, 88 a life long resident of ruralRolette,NDdied at his home on Friday, October 9, 2009.

Funeral Services for Art will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. atValleLutheranChurch, Rolette. Rev. John Hesford will officiate and burial will be in theWillowCreekCemetery, rural Overly, ND.

Visitation will be held at Valle Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation on Wednesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Serving as Casket Bearers for Art will be his grandsons, Jarrett Foss, Nick Foss and Joshua Foss and nephews, Gary Foss, Rodney Foss and David Armstrong. Music will be provided by Robert Gilje, soloist and Lavonne Ivey, organist.

Arthur Foss was born on February 7, 1921 inKohlmeierTownship,Rolette County,North Dakotathe son of Christ and Guri (Haugen) Foss. He was reared and educated inKohlmeierTownshipand attendedClevelandSchool, rural Overly.

Art was united in marriage to Lenore Gable on May 31, 1946. They made rural Rolette their home, where they lived, farmed and ranched and raised their family through the years. Art was a baptized and confirmed member ofWillowCreekLutheranChurchin Overly and later a member ofValleLutheranChurch, Rolette.

Although Art never officially retired from farming, when he had more free time he enjoyed fishing, playing cards, Minnesota Twins baseball and bingo. In fact he was able to enjoy many of these pastimes all at one time. Art never missed a chance to visit with friends and family over a cup of coffee at the house or in town. He always enjoyed a good conversation about most any topic, as he kept up with what was happening in local, regional and national news.

Art’s legacy to everyone that knew him was his love and devotion as a husband, father, grandfather and his kindness and honesty as a neighbor and friend. He was always so supportive and took an active interest in everything that his children and grandchildren were involved in; sports, music, their work and their hobbies. May he now rest in God’s everlasting peace.

Art is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Lenore; Five Sons: Bruce and Cheryl~Paul and Holly all of Rolette~Duane and Carol of Rolla~Glen and Denise and Danny and Wanda also all of Rolette. Grandchildren: Jarrett Foss, Melodie (Matt) Slocomb, Joshua Foss, Nick (Sarah) Foss; Step Grandchildren: Brock (Angie) Kavlie and Jeremy McKeown; Great Grandchildren: Adam Gustafson and Rhiannon Foss; Step Great Grandchildren: Lexi, Brooklyn and Zoe Kavlie; Sister: Mabel Armstrong of Rolette; Sisters-In-Law: Edna Foss ofRugby~Jeannine Westby of Cando~Coleen Sivertson of Bottineau. Numerous nieces, nephews and their families also survive.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Brenda; sister, Marie Clark and brothers, Olaus, Oliver, Melvin, Grant and Alfred Foss.