09/20/2018 (2667)

Joy Peterson’s obituary:  February 12, 1927 – September 16, 2018
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Peterson, Joy (2667)


Joy Peterson, age 92 of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Rolette nursing home.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Burial will be at the Little Prairie Cemetery north of Dunseith.

Joy Peterson, a daughter of Edward LeMarchant (Lee) and Alice May (Striker) Stickland, was born on February 12, 1927 on the family farm in Willow Lake Township.  She attended school in the country and in Dunseith. On October 20, 1944 she married Maynard (Bill) Peterson at Little Prairie Lutheran Church.  They lived on the Peterson family farm and farmed with Bill’s parents until they were hailed out in 1955 and moved to Virginia, MN for work. They later returned to the farm and ran the operation until 1988 when they moved to town.  In October of 1994 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the International Peace Garden celebrating with family and their many friends.  Bill passed away on August 31,2004 after 60 years of marriage.

Joy was very active in the community including the Farmer’s Union, the Turtle Mountain Homemakers serving many a meal at the Peace Garden, the American Legion Auxiliary, Little Prairie Lutheran Church and later Peace Lutheran Church.  She particularly enjoyed working at The Food Pantry, her quilting group at the church and meals at the Senior Center.  She loved her grandchildren who frequently stopped by her house to visit or sleep over. Joy was a wonderful baker and it wasn’t uncommon for guests to stop by and for her to go the freezer and bring out 3 different kinds of cookies, bars or cake. The coffee was always on. She loved working in her garden in the hills, her flower beds and feeding the numerous hummingbirds who visited her feeders.

Joy passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Rolette Community Care Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Bill) Harmsen of Bismarck, 3 sons, Robert (Monica) Peterson of Alexandria, MN, Larrett (Loyola) Peterson of Crosby and Scott (Leslie) Peterson of rural Dunseith; 8 grandchildren, Shayne Denise, Christopher, Ryan, Maxwell, Jeremy, Jacob, Justin and Kaycee; 5 great- grandchildren, Hannah Joy, Kole, Rhylee, Ricklyn and Rickayla; brother Leonard (Eleanor) Stickland of Mandan and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Delma, Robert, Ennis, Lois, Doris and Marion.

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


Philippine Typhoon (Hurricane)
Concern from Randy Kelly: (’69 – Former St. Paul mayor)  St Paul, MN


I have been following the hurricane and thinking of you folks. Are all of you ok?


Gary’s Reply,
Randy, We are OK.  We live in the Banana Belt of the Philippines. Most all of the storms pass to the north of us over the northern tip of our Island. In the 15 years we have lived here, we have never had any destructive storms hit our area. The closest they have passed is with the center of storm being 60 miles to the north. We will often times get some of the heavy rains and the lighter winds associate with the storms.  Manilla normally gets hammered pretty hard with the majority of storms that pass over the Philippines.


Arvilla Hobbs (Harvey diseased) Obituary (Metigoshe Store)
Posted by Doreen Larson Moran (Btno HS 1961): Spokane, WA


By sheer coincidence, today’s achieve posting from March 13, 2010, posted below, includes Harvey Hobbs Obituary along with pictures and memories of the Metigoshe Store.  

Arvilla (Wolf) Hobbs
MAY 22, 1939 ~ SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 (AGE 79)
Hobbs, Sevilla 2667


Arvilla Hobbs, 79, of Pick City, ND passed away September 4, 2018 at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Riverdale with Pastor VanVechten Crane officiating. Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Dunseith, ND.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arvilla Erika (Wolf) Hobbs was born on May 22, 1939 in rural Ashley, McIntosh County, ND to Martha (Scheuffele) Wolf and Henry C. Wolf. She attended rural school for two years and graduated from Ashley High School. Arvilla was married to Harvey Hobbs on June 29, 1957. To this union two sons were born, Steven and Scott. Together, Arvilla and Harvey owned and operated Lake Metigoshe Store and Café. They later bought a farm near Lake Metigoshe. Arvilla worked at Benson Law Firm as a secretary and tax preparation personnel. In 1971, Arvilla and Harvey moved to Crosby, ND where she worked at Kress Swander Accounting. She became a partner and earned her insurance license to sell commercial, home, farm and crop insurances.

In 1994, Arvilla retired and they moved to Pick City where she worked with her son, Scott and family at Scott’s Bait and Tackle. She loved people and working among the public. Arvilla also loved the outdoors. She greatly enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and walking, sometimes up to three miles a day.

Arvilla is survived by her sons, Steven (Yadireth) Hobbs of Portlaw, VA and Scott (Teresa) Hobbs of Pick City; four grandchildren, Juan Carlos (Tasha) Hobbs, Serina (Wyatt) Eisenbraun, Scott Hobbs, Jr., and Shawna Hobbs; five great-grandchildren, Loye Eisenbraun, Carlos Hobbs, Lilliana Hobbs, Isabella Hobbs and Jasmine Hobbs; one brother, Howard (Doris) Wolfe of Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey; three sisters, Anna, Laura and Violet; and one brother, Harold.

Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.


Reply to Bill Hosmer’s Posting
From Travis Metcalfe (’76):  Mesa, AZ.

That is about the same saying as  “Never argue with a fool-someone listening may not know which is which”….



Blog (742) posted on March 13, 2010


Sunshine & Debbie Morinville (70):
Memories from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Greetings from Bottineau, For the past week or so its been a foggy gloom with some icy doom. But at 8:30 a.m. this Friday morning it became sunshine and blue skies here at the feet of the Turtle Mountains. Just a wonderful spring fresh air March morning!

At break time I left the school building for a wee bit. All of a sudden I was driving down the street singing and I mean SINGING! . I startled myself! “Whoee where did that come from?” The song was, “Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy….. sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…..” Ah… What a glorious day. And poof.. my thoughts drifted away to Debbie (Morinville) Marmon wherever she may be. The year was 1970 and she could sing that song so sweetly, without accompaniment. I wish her sunshine wherever she is. Because today the memory of that song sung by her added to my sunshine. Vickie M. Thanks Gary

Thank you Vickie,

As we all know, Debbie Morinville Marmon is recovering from a stroke she had several years ago. Gary


Lagerquist family photo:
Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Thank you Neola for sharing this beautiful photo. Rodney, Lyle, Ray & Dale all attended Ackworth before we were all sent to Dunseith. I remember this family very well down to Evon. Kim, Bruce and Carl were very young and/or came along after I left the area. As you can see, Evon is the only girl of nine siblings. Evon lives on the Robert/Dorothy Pritchard place 3/4 of a mile south of the Ackworth Cemetery. Leola, Rodney, Lyle and I believe one of the younger boys are living on the Lagerquist home place located 1 1/2 miles east and 1/2 mile south of the Ackworth Cemetery. Gary


Metigoshe Store: Picture posted by Jerry Olson (formerly from Souris, ND): Bremerton, WA.

Folks, I have a good story to tell you about how I met Jerry Olson. First off I will tell you he was born and raised in Souris, graduating from Souris in 1968. Jerry’s uncle was the owner of the John Deere implement dealership in Bottineau. His sister, Nadine Little, is well known in the Bottineau and surrounding community as the cake lady.

Now the story of how we met. Jerry has lived in Bremerton, WA for many years. We too lived in Bremerton for nearly 37 years. A good friend of mine who now lives in AZ sends out 6 forwards everyday to about 60 folks on his list. About 2 months ago one of his forwards was the picture of the deer on the snow mobile trail near Lake Metigoshe feeding on the grain that had been dumped there for them to eat. My friend really has no idea that I’m from ND. He had no idea where this picture was taken when he sent either. It had been forwarded to him as a joke that folks couldn’t use their snow mobiles because of the deer. I instantly recognized that photo from seeing it in the Bottineau Courant several years ago. I did a reply all to that message letting everyone know where this picture was taken with a bit of the history and geography of the area. The next day I got this reply from Jerry Olson who had gotten my reply forwarded to him. His comments were “Holy cow, I recognize that area”. He then said, “I think we have a lot in common” of which we do. His mother was a Dunderland from the hills. The Dunderland’s lived south of Lake Metigoshe. Jerry spent a lot of time at the Lutheran bible camp and church at Lake Metigoshe and also the Boy Scout camp in his youth. Jerry and I have never met face to face, but we have exchange a number of messages in the past several months. It’s a small world.

Jerry I have included you with today’s message. Thank you so much for sharing this photo. Gary

Folks, There were a lot of discussions about the Hobbs, the Metigoshe Store, etc back in January 2009. I have reposted several of those discussions below. Gary

Previously posted with message 347 on 1/22/2009:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68):

 Gary and Friends,

Harvey Hobbs and his wife, Viola (also his sister’s name) operated the Metigoshe Store. It was just south of the bridge and on the south side of the curve. We went there many times in the late 50s and early 60s, usually by boat from the cabin on the south lake. I remember how the store had lots of steps up the front and you first entered the lunch counter area. I had many sundaes at that little counter, while the folks got groceries and supplies. They handled nearly everything lake related. When the Hobbs’ left Lake Metigoshe, I think they moved to Crosby, ND. Last Memorial Day I walked around at all the cemeteries and at Riverside I saw the Hobbs grave where Harvey is buried. I believe he passed away in the last couple of years, if my memory serves me correctly. Thanks Gary!


Dick, I remember that store and park area well. I was thinking it was Harvey Hobbs that owned that and you have just confirmed what I thought. We frequented his store and park area with many picnic lunches over the years of my childhood. I remember the water cooled pop dispenser that they had. Orange was my favorite, but it wasn’t always that we had a nickel or a dime to put in the machine. I remember our good Friends, Oscar and Sylvia Bergan, being connected to the Hobbs’ in some way too. Maybe they were just good friends of Harvey & Viola. Gary


 Harvey Hobbs’ obituary & reply from Doreen Bailey: 


Just to clarify Harvey Allen Hobbs was full name of Harvey E. and Viola’s father. It was very common to use the Middle name in the years past. I believe one reason for it was that so often families repeated the first names from generation to generation to honor fathers and grandfathers, etc.. It makes for some confusion when doing genealogy. I attached the son Harvey’s obituary it gives a good outline of his life’s activities. Thanks Doreen Bailey


Previously posted with message 348 on 1/23/2009
Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (48):

 Gar;y: Our cottage was not very far from the Metigoshe Store (Hobbs), perhaps a mile, and we went there often. If we were working on the boathouse or something and took a break, Chuck, Ross (our son) and I would go for a snack, and this is where we met Sylvia Bergan, as she worked for them and she baked the BEST frosted ginger cookies that I have ever tasted. Ross just loved them, and was raring to go when we said we were going to the store. Harvey & Arvilla were so well liked at the Lake and ran a good business, and would help you in any way they could. We missed them when they moved away. Mona Dionne Johnson, ’48

Mona, Now that you mention it, I do remember Sylvia Bergan working at the Hobbs store. Being good friends with Oscar & Sylvia, I think was the reason we were at the Hobbs store often. Sylvia also cooked for the Boy scouts camp at Lake Metigoshe for many years. She was well known for her baking and cooking abilities. Sylvia will be 97 this year. She is living at the long term care facility at Saint Andrews hospital in Bottineau. Sylvia and a lot of the older members of the Metigoshe Lutheran church Ladies Aid served lunch at both my parents funerals, Dad in 2000 and mom in 2004. It sure brought back some good memories seeing all those folks doing what I remember seeing them doing, many times, in my growing up days. Sylvia was an aunt to Clayton Bergan. Gary


Newspaper articles:
Posted byNeola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

 Note: Myles Brooks Grandparents are Orville & Gloria Hagen. His mother is Kristy (Hagen) Brooks.

They live on the Former Elmer Lindberg farm located about a half mile into Bottineau county on

Highway 43 (Peace Garden Road).


This Reunion announcement was posted in the Bottineau Courant. I sent it to the Turtle Mountain Star

and the Turtle Mountain times as well. I’m hoping it was published this past week in those papers too?



Bill is Melvin Foss’ step-son. Don is a member of “Just Us”, a musical group from Bottineau.

Other members in this group are Tina Pladson and Dave Mettler.





09/17/2018 (2666)

Great Caption
From one of Bill Hosmer’s (48) Postings: ftrpilothoz@gmail.com Tucson, AZ

“It is better to be thought a fool
then to open your mouth and
remove all doubt”.


Blog (741) posted on March 12, 2010

Question from Bob Lykins (Former Teacher): Hutto, TX


How much does it cost to support a family of 8 in your village with food for one month?

Bob Lykins

A family of 8 with younger children can have a balanced diet for about $100/month. Rice is their staple and a good filler. A 50 KG (110 LBS) bag of rice will last about one month for a family of 8 with younger children. Rice is their main coarse for all meals. A bag of rice costs about $28. A rice diet alone without much other food tends to create pop bellied malnutrited folks. Gary


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

Gary and Friends,

Brenda’s memory of the early Mustangs is appreciated. The way the Mustang that I had came to us, is a story in itself. Dad bought a lot at Lake Metigoshe in 1956 for $500. He moved a small cabin to the lot by himself and with the improvements had probably a couple hundred dollars more invested. Nine years later we were kind of burned out with the lake deal and a fellow offered to trade Dad the blue and white Mustang, even up, for the lake cabin. The car had around 1100 miles on it and was worth around $3400 so Dad jumped on the deal. When I graduated in ’68, he gave me the car with a couple stipulations. I had to stay at the farm and feed the cattle and watch the new house they had just moved there and also trade him my brown and gold ’57 Ford Fairlane 500. I drove the Mustang to college in Bottineau for two years and had racked up about 75,000 miles on it. I traded it to Leo Lamoureux for his ’67 Ford LTD in 1970. Jay and Gayle Lamoureux bought the Mustang and Gayle still has it, the last I heard. I was told that she had it professionally restored in Arizona. Someday I would like to see it again. In the late ’70s, Mom said she would like to have another Mustang. I was doing a lot of car stuff and ran into a kid in Bottineau who was just putting a ‘for sale’ sign in the windshield of a blue ’68 Mustang fastback. He was asking $1000 and I had $830 in my billfold—he took it on the spot! Mom drove the Mustang to work at the bank until she died and now I still have the car in the same condition as it was in 1980. It needs a paint job and maybe tires as it has the same tires on it yet. We start it twice a year, spring and fall, and drive around the farm a bit and run it back inside the quonset. The original owner, at least the guy I bought it from, has made several trips up to see it and once made an offer that is well over 10 times what I paid him, but it’s still here! My son has a ’68 Mustang GT and I also have some other Mustangs, but this one is quite special to me. It brings back good memories. Attached is a picture of my first Mustang–the 64 1/2. Thanks Gary!



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


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

Remembering the Dirty 30’s: Courant, July 19, 1992

Marvin/Alida are the parents of Marlys and Duane. Marlys passed away a couple of years ago. Duane and his wife, Helen (Rivard), live in Bottineau. Alida lives at Good Samaritan in Bottineau. Alida is the daughter of Hjalmer/Irene Pederson, sister of Lloyd.


Duane, Marvin & Alida’s boy is married to Helen Rivard from my class of 65. I have known that family my entire life. We all belonged to the Metigoshe Lutheran churches. I know many of you probably Remember Duane Christenson too from our younger days. Gary


09/13/2018 (2665)

Cote/Berube Round Barn: “Valley City Times Record” Newspaper : chelsey.olauson@vcsu.edu
Posting from Angela Berube Malget (’65):  Minneapolis, MN

Hi Gary

I have been in touch with Chelsey from the Valley City Times Record. She is interested in observation/comments/experiences from people who actually danced in the round barn, so please extend that to anyone on the blog.  I would suggest it be done as soon as possible as she gave me a September 21 deadline. I’m sure she would appreciate comments prior to that date.

Thanks for all your efforts in keeping the blog going.

Angela (Berube) Malget

Class of 65

Barn dance Barn Barn dance band
Joke of the Day
Posted by Don Malaterre:  

The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side. She said: “What are your golf clubs doing here?” He looked her right in the eye and said, “This isn’t going to take all day, is it?”


Blog (740) posted on March 11, 2010

Reply to Dunseith Lutheran 1969 Confirmation Picture:
From Connie (Roger) Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

Neat photo of the conformation class of 1969. I knew Allen Strong quite well & some of his brothers Ron, Jerry & David) I know Myra (Henning) Halvorson & Shelley Fulsebakke.

take care Connie


Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

Thank you for your kind remarks indicating that I was responsible for creating the Dunseith Blog PI Food Fund. Not true. You and Bernadette started it years ago, I just asked questions about why you felt the need to provide food and clothing for PI children at Christmas time. The result of those e-mails was a joint venture between you and I to share that info with those who read the Dunseith Blog.

And now I want to bring up my absolute favorite1960s Dunseith car. Many of you might remember that Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964 or 1965 with a great deal of fanfare. A short time after that announcement (at least I think it was a short time after), a beautiful blue mustang with a white top appeared in Dunseith. Don Johnson had bought THE car of the decade for Dick – only I didn’t know that for some time. Guess Don thought Dick needed to grow into it..or he just loved his Mustang as much as the rest of us did.

Brenda Hoffman – class of 1968


Alumni Reunion – Dunseith Monthly Newsletter and postings:
From Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

> Hey ya all. I personally do the monthly newsletters for the school and distribute them all around town, local businesses. There was an announcement concerning the reunion in the last two newsletters and there will be another in April and May also. Verena (see attachment)

 Verena, This is Wonderful! You do great work!
Thank you much for posting around town and also with us on the Blog. Gary






09/10/2018 (2664)

Ruby Adams Sivertson –  Find a Grave
Posting from Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA

Hi Gary,

I remember that you ran obituaries on Lars and Ruby (Adams) Sivertson  when they passed away.  The “Find a Grave” web site for Lars listed his own family.  However, the “Find a Grave” website for Ruby provides links to her parents as well as all her known deceased siblings.  One of the links is for her sister, Lorena (Adams) Aus, who apparently worked at San Haven at some point in the past.  Some of our alumni who lived and/or worked at the San may remember her so I am providing a complete web site from Google for Lorena:  “Lorena Adams Aus (1921 – 2007) – Find a Grave Memorial”.  The web site for Ruby is:  “Ruby Adams Sivertson (1926 – 2015) – Find a Grave Memorial”.

Dale Pritchard

Gary’s Comment
Your family and our family’s mailman, Bob Stickland’s wife, Irene, was an Adams too,  sister to Ruby Sivertson. Two of my 2nd cousins, Brothers, Larry and Alney Kofoid married two Adam sisters too. Their mother too was a sister to Ruby and Irene. Looking in the Bottineau Centennial book there were 11 siblings in Ruby and Irene’s family.

 Lars and Ruby Adams Sivertson’s daughter,  Theresa Sivertson Delikat is on our distribution too. I’m sure Theresa and Leland Stickland can fill us in with all the history of the Adams family.


Reply From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): tBelcourt, ND

Hi, Gary

No need to apologize Gary, don’t ever have to, we all understand what you are enduring and will be enduring. It takes a good caring person to be able to withstand everything you are going through. God knows you are that. All the people who work with Bernadette also need to be commended, it’s a long hard journey. I will say prayers for you to help with this heartbreaking journey.

God Bless you and Bernadette

God Bless all her family for being there for you and Bernadette.

God Bless everyone with their big hearts helping you two.

So sorry,


Gary’s Comment

Thanks Ginger for the consoling words.

You are right, it’s a challenge. The hardest thing for me to deal with, with Bernadette now is with my every move, she asks me where I’m going and what I’m doing. I mean every move too just going from one room to the next. When I tell her, often times she doesn’t understand.  When I leave to go somewhere, she gets very angry. It’s hard to understand her now too, so when I don’t understand what she wants she gets very upset too. Most of the time when our help leaves at 9 PM, Bernadette is in bed with the door open. She will continually call me asking when I’m going to bed. When I’m in the office, 30’ from her recliner, like right now, she is continually calling me. If I don’t answer she gets mad. If I don’t go in the house she gets mad. Her short term memory is very much affected now too. She can’t walk without assistance. Yes, it’s becoming a challenge, but we will make. When I’m not here she is much better behaved making it much easier for the girls to take care of her. Thank god we’ve got good wonderful understanding help.  


Blog (739) posted on March 11, 2010


Earl Schneiderman:
Reply from Cheryl Haagenson (71): Dunseith, ND.

Greetings Gary

This is so late and so last decade, however Earl Schneiderman and his dad did live behind the Elvin Haagenson farm for a while. They lived in the house that belonged to my Aunt Alpha and Uncle Ed Gunderson. They, Ed and Alpha moved to Arizona due to my uncle’s health issues. Dad said that the reason the Schneiderman’s took shelter was because of a fire. They would stop sometimes for coffee on their way by. I recall Earl had big cars, but in those days most of the cars were big, perhaps loud would be more accurate. Dad thinks they stayed about a year. I remember when we left we inherited an Irish Setter!

Thanks for all you do Gary

Cheryl Haagenson


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

Gary and Friends,

Brenda and Dale opened the can of worms when they brought up cars. I’ll try to keep my ‘dissertation’ short. Brenda mentioned the number of cars you could legally sell in one year without a dealer’s license. In 1968 it was 5 cars. Dad got a letter from the state telling him he had sold all he could without getting one. He had just sold off extra vehicles and bought others, but it was too many according to them.

I do remember Barbara Schlaat’s, salmon and white, finned Plymouth. I believe Emil and Ann Metcalfe bought it later and it eventually ended up at Jim Birkland’s farm out in the trees. I think it’s still there.

In the summer of ’66, I was pumping gas at the Standard Station on the north end of Main Street. A Canadian drove in with a big Oldsmobile that was made in Canada. I opened the hood to check the oil and there sat a dinky 250 cubic inch Chevy six cylinder engine. I saw the guy go into the restroom so I thought he was out of earshot when I yelled at John Bogus to come out and see what this guy put in his big car for an engine. We were chuckling about it and hadn’t noticed that he had come back out and was standing there listening. He gave me a snap lecture about how, “I’ll have you know that is a factory engine and is all that is needed to make this automobile function as well as anything you Yanks have down here!” I’ll say–crap. The starter had as much torque as that engine, but he was as proud of his car as he was of his ‘flat hat’. We laughed out loud when he ‘powered away’ from the pumps. The Canadian built cars had different chrome and also went by different names than the American built cars of the same manufacture. Ford trucks were called Mercurys, Mercury cars were called Meteors, and some Pontiacs were actually Chevys with odd chrome.

Lamoureux Bros. Ford garage used to get model cars for each year of production. They had these models displayed on a shelf in the showroom and I used to go in and drool while looking at them. I asked several times if I could have one, but they were all spoken for. The Lamoureux Bros. used to give these model cars to kids when the new models (next years) came in. I can remember as plain as if it were yesterday, Dad and Jay Lamoureux and I went out shooting gophers at Ernest LaCroix’s farm west of Dunseith on Good Friday, 1961–I was 10 going on 11. When we went back into town, Jay said he had something for me if we stopped at the shop. He handed me a baby blue 1961 Ford two door hardtop model car! I thought I had the world by the tail! I kept it for many years but gave it to someone when I was older.

It nearly impossible for me to stop talking about old cars so I’ll just have to quit, as I promised! Thanks Gary!


A very generous Dunseith Alumni couple provided funding for food for these three Filipino families pictured below. With the money they sent, we purchased three 25 KG bags of rice along with the other food items shown in the picture. These folks were so happy. After purchasing these items, we asked these three families to come to our house to pick up their grocieries. They repeatedly thanked Bernadette and me as they left. When the neighborhood heard we were doing this, folks started coming to our house thinking there was more. These three families all came back with thank you letters the next day that we forwarded onto the donors.

On a typical day, when these folks get up in the morning there is no food in their house. Family members will go out seeking ways to earn a little bit of money to provide a little food for their family for the day. They will try and find odd jobs here and there. Often times they will go around the neighborhood selling food items and other stuff on consignment. They are willing to do anything at all just to make a few Peso’s to feed their families. Many days they have very little and some days nothing at all to eat. In spite of all this, most are happy go lucky friendly folks with a smile.

With the donations we received yesterday, the Dunseith Alumni has helped 6 needy families. The Dunseith Alumni has currently contributed $238 for these folks. With the many needy families in our area, to simplify things, Bernadette and I have decided to merry up separate families for each donor. Subsequent donations that individual may send will go to the same family/families.

Brenda Hoffman (68) is the one that has spearhead this whole effort.

We have an FPO address (Regular US mail). Packages greater than one pound can not be sent to this address.

 Gary Stokes
PSC 517 Box RS/CC
FPO AP 96517-1000

I have more info posted on our Dunseith Alumni Websitehttp://garystokes.net/SponsorFilipinoFamily.aspx

I have been rather busy lately, so I have not had a chance to post these latest pictures on the site.



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

Hi Ginger (and Gary).

This is interesting, but not 100% a surprise. A few years ago, I heard something about a Brudwick who might be related–I don’t know where I read/heard this. It caught my attention at the time, but nothing ever came of it. I don’t know of a Carl Brudwick who is a relative of the Bottineau Brudwick’s; Eileen Brudwick most likely has more information on distant Brudwick relatives than I do. Many people used, as a sir name, the town where they lived. This was the case with my great grandfather, Steffen Bruvik (On some letters, he’s signed it “Steffen Bruvik”; on others, he’s signed it “Steffen Bruvig”. My great grandfather and his wife, Ingrid Aasheim, lived in Bruvik, Norway (Bruvik is on the island of Osteroy.). Steffen/Ingrid had four children who lived to be adults: Anna, Arne, Anders/Andrew, Axel (American spelling).

Anna and her husband lived in Washington state; they had two daughters, Helen and Anita. Helen married and lived in Ferndale, Washington. She/her husband have three children–two boys and a girl. Anita married a Canadian and lived in Canada. She/her husband had two children–Carol and Larry, who both live in Canada. Carol is married and has, I think, 5 girls. Larry never married. Anna died when her daughters were quite young. Her husband remarried a few years later. Eileen, you know the history of Ole’s second marriage/children better than I do.

Arne moved to Blooming Prairie (later Bixby) Minnesota and married Mathilda. Arne/Mathilda had five children: Edward, Margaret, Merton, Agnes, Arnold. I don’t remember who Edward married. I think he/his wife had five children; I’ve only met two of his children—Shirley and Izzy. I think one son lives in Mankato, MN. As I understand it, Mathilda changed the spelling from Bruvik to Brudwick.

Andrew/Anders married my grandmother. They had six children: Emma, Milen, Alvina, Alice, Kenneth, Gerald. We are the “local” Brudwick’s.

Axel was killed when a ship he was working on, hit a mine that was left over from World War. He wasn’t married.

I know/have visited some of Steffen’s cousins/nieces, but I have never heard of a Carl. Again, Eileen would know more about this. If she doesn’t know, she’ll find out!! Right, Eileen?

Ginger, if you/any of your family members would like to visit about the Brudwick’s/visit Bottineau, I’d be happy to do so and meet them

09/01/2018 (2662)

Don Corbin (Former DHS Teacher/Principal) Passed away
Facebook message from Don’s sister, Pat Miller Corbin.

Message dated Wednesday August 29. 2018
Gary, I’m sorry to tell you that my brother, Don, passed away early this morning at 3:47 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Services will be held at a later date.

Corbin, Don 2662

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


Sorry to learn about Don Corbin.  He was truely one of the “good guys” on the Dunseith staff.  He was of great help to me as I began my first year of teaching at Dunseith in 1962.  Don was an active officer in the National Guard attached to the Bottineau company.  I worked out with him a few times in the gymnasium on self defense moves.  Being the skinny little guy that I was it didn’t take much for him to flip me up and over.  You are right about him being a no nonsense kind of guy but he always had a great sense of humor.  Great memories.

Bob Lykins


Joe Peloe (Pilloud): Question from Ron Peltier (‘70):
Reply from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND


Joe Peloe  (correct name Joe Pilloud) was my half-brother and operated  Joe’s Trucking.

He owned a building half mile north Dunseith, now belong to the tribe.

He passed away in 1976 at age 57.

My father was a brother of Toni Gredeskys grandmother (Eve Dion Peat) so Toni

Is my second cousin.


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

Gary and Dunseith friends,

Earlier this week, while reading the Minot paper I noted passing of  Todd.
He was a well known friend to many.( including my brothers)
Todd  also had many extended  family members in the area.
I wish to extend  to the family of Todd on his passing

______ Todd  always acknowledged and greeted people whenever he met them..

He was one of the   good guys!

Vickie L.  Metcalfe


“Todd was born on June 27, 1965, in Rugby, North Dakota to Joseph and June (Boppre) Boguslawski. He was raised in the Dunseith area and graduated from Bottineau High School in 1983.”

“While in high school, Todd worked on both the family farm and at Dale’s Truck Stop”

“Todd is survived by his sisters: Kim Boguslawski and Kay (Tim) Jacobson; nephew Taylor (Kayla Reierson) Parisien; grandmother Eloise Boppre; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousin; and his many friends.”


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

 Gary’s comment:
How well I remember Earl Thompson from the Metigoshe Lutheran Churches in my growing up days. Earl was one of the nicest persons on the face of this earth. A real gentleman too. Now both he and Glen Rude are gone. A great loss for the whole community. I extend my condolences to Earl’s family with his passing.

Earl Thompson

Earl Thompson, age 87 of Bottineau, died on Thursday, August 30, 2018 on his farm north of Bottineau.  His funeral will be held on Monday, September 3, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Nordland Cemetery.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)


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


Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

            This looks to be a new exhibit at the State Heritage Center.

It is titled “The Horse in North Dakota”.

            Many folks can  recall every model of car they owned.

Some with personal experience with horses on working farms probably can recall with fondness,

 every name, color, temperment and etc.

            I grew up listening to horse  stories.  

I was told my paternal grandmothers eldest  brother, was a known  as a “horse whisperer”.

And the other side of the family were also horsemen.

            My neighbor  Wes, told of  a daring young Jim Metcalfe riding  a Schneider horse which  wasn’t broke.

Dad told of haying  and putting in crops with the Seim’s draft horses.  And I remember Art Seim driving a prancing sorrel team, 

with braided tails and mane and sleigh bells.

            Dad pitched hay in to the hay rack and fed cattle every day in the winters before he owned a tractor.

Dad  told of being a child and open range in the hills riding to collect cattle.

            i remember  Dad saying, “Ward Anthony  had up to twenty some horses.  And……Not a one he could drive or ride.”

            I have a picture of my Uncle Bill with his 3 horses plowing.  

He was one of the last horsemen using 3 bottom plow and cutting hay  pulled by horses.

In the spring of 1962 he  was  breaking a young team and had a serous run away. Whilst he was  in the hospital, 

I made him my first May Day Basket courtsey of  Mrs. Conroy’s  4th grade.

Yup~  “Horse in North Dakota” should be interesting.

            Until Later, Vickie




Blog (737) posted on March 8, 2010


Request from Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN

Hi Gary, can you add my sister and her husband to the email list . Leslie Peterson (Poitra) was from the class of 90 and Scott Peterson was from the class of 79. Thanks!!

They farm north of Kelvin Bar. Interesting but they did not know of the mini-reunion this summer in Dunseith. I know it was in the Turtle Mtn Star awhile back but not sure if there was anything posted.

I look forward to the get together in Dunseith. It will be nice to catch up with the old gang once again!!!

Al Poitra (class of 76)

Alan, We will see about posting some fliers around town. That’s a great idea.

Leslie & Scott, I have added you to our daily distribution. We are hoping to see you guys at the reunion on May 22nd too. Gary


Request posted on the Dunseith Alumni Website:

From: Rod Parrill E-mail: Message: Please add me to your list of update recipients.

Rod, It’ a pleasure to add you to our list. I know you transferred to and graduated from Bottineau with redistricting. I’m guessing you were in the class of 73, so I will include you with that year. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Your parents, Thurman & Marie Parrill are my god parents too. Gary


Cote Sister’s photo posted yesterday:
Reply from Connie (Roger) Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

hi Gary, I would like to comment on the photo of the Cote sisters. It’s nice photo. I’ve known all 5 of those ladies from working @ the Good Samaritan Center. I had lots of visits with Evelyn–& I visit with Alice each time I volunteer or stop @ Good Sam. I guess Evelyn is living in Rugby now. I think @ a Nursing Home. I think there was some boys in that cote family too!! Take Care Connie


Leona Hosmer:
Reply from Jan Hosmer Cobb (60): Wilsonville, OR


Thanks for the warm welcome you extended to my mother, Leona Hosmer. To answer your question:

Leona lives in a lovely apartment just a mile from me in Wilsonville, Oregon. Wilsonville, like Dunseith, is a small town. She walks everywhere: grocery store, bank, dentist, hair dresser, drug store, library, community center, restaurants, parks, and even a fun pub “where everybody knows your name” – are all within a few blocks.

We play bridge together, occasionally competing in tournaments. She is still my teacher and with her lead, we usually do well. We have over 100 Master Points.

It is such a treat having her close by at this time in our lives. She models for me every day on how to grow older with grace, intelligence, charm and and curiosity. She is always surprising me with her desire to expand her world, to see and try new things. Learning computer skills and joining the community you have created is just the most recent of her adventures.

Jan (Hosmer) Cobb


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

Gary and Friends,

Dale Pritchard remembers Dale Hoffman’s black and yellow ’55 Ford. Dale, do you remember Dale Hoffman’s first car? He had a bright red Model A Ford coupe that was the nicest little coupe in the country! His little sis, Brenda (68) had a pretty pink and white ’55 Ford Victoria two door hardtop. Those were all real cream puff cars that their dad located for them, I believe. Harvey had an eye for classy cars! Any time I ever saw Harvey, he had a clean and shiny car no matter what time of the year it was. Thanks Gary!



Message from DeAnn Gottbreht’s Carringbridge Website:

It has been an amazing couple of weeks! Patrick and I were married on Wednesday March 3 at 6:30 pm in a gazebo in Island Park here in Fargo. My dream of having an outside wedding came true! The gazebo is in the middle of the park surrounded by trees and snow. It was a cool night but the ceremony was beautiful in the twilight. Now I am a very proud wife and mother! We will still have our large wedding in October so this one was just for us and Connor.

Connor is doing great. I just left the hospital a little while ago and he was sleeping soundly. The doctor increased his feedings amount a little today and his weight is up to 4lbs 3oz. He is completely off of IV’s now and hopefully will start growing quickly. We do not know how long he will have to stay in there but the doctors tell me he is doing great so what more could I ask for!


Hello from Costa Rica:
Message/Picture from Trish Larson Wild (73): FORT COLLINS, CO

Just finished a morning ride on Criollo ponies in a town called Mal Pais, which means “bad country” because the rough mountains come down to the shore. My horse won the race down the beach…! I return on march 9th and have decided to get my act together as soon as possible for living on horseback. Pura Vida!! Trish


Conrad/Mildred Atherton Langehaug’s Family Picture:
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


Here’s Myron email:

Hi, The missing names are Marilyn, GloriAnn, Rodney, Arnold, and Kenneth. And now here’s the story behind this photo. My mother insisted that we have a family picture before I left for the Army. The time is December 1969 on the day that I left for Active Duty Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Thanks Myron

Neola, Evie is married to Rodney Kalk (61). Rod & Evie live up at Lake Metigoshe.

Conrad/Mildred Atherton Langehaug’s Family


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

Folks, I know I know most everyone in this photo, but I don’t want to start guessing.

That looks like one of the Lagerquist boys in the back with glasses?

Please reply with names. I will repost. Thanks, Gary


Confirmation Picture reposted with correction:
Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


Hi Gary
Thanks to Dick Johnson and Eileen Brudwick, I now have the correct “first” name for Pastor Bakken.