Fall colors of the Turtle Mountains!
Memories from Leland Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND
Gary and ALL,
A few days ago I saw a flash across the top of my computer. It was regarding the beauty of the foliage that is now dressing the land of heritage for many us: the Turtle Mountains.
I once worked with a company in Dickinson as VP, beginning 12-4-72 for $600/ month. I helped increase the gross sales from $1.6 million to $3.2 million in 16 months. One of the benefits of this company was that we owned an airplane and I learned to fly in 1969 so I had the opportunity to see much of America from the pilot’s seat.
My then-wife, Bea, who really didn’t care for flying but was a wonderful navigator, and I would fly to Dunseith in about 1.75 hours; it is a , 278 mile trip on the ground. We could enjoy the vast loveliness of the Turtle Mountains from West of Bottineau to near Rolla @ 150 Miles per Hour. As all from the area know, the Mountains extend south, down toward Dunseith and north some miles into Canada. It is great to observe the handiwork of the Creator.
Thanks for listening. Lee (Stick)5
Farmers market baking September 12, 2020
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
September 12, 2020
Hello Gary and Friends of Dunseith School Alumni,
Various area communities area are again sponsoring “Farmers Markets” including Bottineau.
Fruits of the garden, Potatoes, cabbage, etc. vegetables and Fruits of the kitchen, from scratch bakers!
I delight hearing people talking about the good stuff found and saying good things about people I know!
I was at the bakery early one morning a couple Saturdays ago whilst a man came in for breakfast.
I heard him telling some of the coffee and breakfast guys, he had to get up early to come to the Bottineau Farmers Market.
“He came specifically for pie.
He said he had to get to the market “right as it opened.”
“And be fast. The homemade pies made by one specific person sell quickly.”
He said, He’d come the week before by 7:30 and disappointed her pies were gone.
But on this morning he was lucky to get a seasonal fruit pie and a Sour Cream Raisin!
This guy got up on vacation day, early Saturday morning to drive from the lake into Bottineau to peruse Farmers market
for a home baked from scratch pie baked by a specific person.
(I smiled) For I knew the pie baker. An older gentlemen had happily purchased 2 June berry pies from her the week before.
Later that day, I saw and told Donna (Hanson) Moldenhauer that guys are talking about her pies.
She was surprised! But I heard from pie eaters in the know … She is a pie baker extraordinaire.(class of ’67)
Today while at the Farmers Market, my sister purchased date filled cookies made by cousin Lola and Jay’s daughter, Tina.
My sister called and asked if I wanted one. She said, “Tina used her grandmothers recipe.” “IOh, Yes! Yes. YES,” I said. “I haven’t ate
a good homemade date filled in years.”\
Upon, Eating one I conjured up a sweet memory of Aunt Ella.
While in Graduate school at Grand Forks I lived frugally, in a dorm room. About once a month I’d discover in my mail,
A discretely wrapped brown grocery paper bag care package, mailed from a special aunt, My God mother.
She knew I savored whatever she made and was especially fond of her date filled cookies.
Anticipationing, I’d RIP off the brown paper bag find a red Folgers coffee can covered with the lid opened,
Filled with -OH MY …first inhale, breath in the scent of homemade cookies baked cookie, sugar.. and ah, vanilla.
Then a first bite.
Aunt Ella’s Date Filled cookies always had one special ingredient…….
they were infused with her LOVE I could always feel it.
Thanks Gary and Bottineau Farmers Market.
Until later, enjoy Fall Farmers Markets.
Vickie L. Metcalfe
Pictures from the archives
I spent the whole month of July 2015 in the Bottineau / Dunseith area. I stayed with my Brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby in Bottineau. During that time I spent many hours each day in the Bottineau Bakery. I was there every morning for Breakfast about 8:00 AM and often times didn’t leave until well into the afternoon. I had Breakfast, forenoon lunch and dinner at noon all at the bakery. All in one setting. Never a boring moment there. Their Center long table was a community gathering table. That was an enjoyable month. 2015 is the last time I was back in the area too. With Bernadette’s health, she is unable to travel. Hopefully when this pandemic is over I can slip away for a week or so and make it back.
First picture: Pete (’65) and Verena Gilles came in the Bottineau Bakery. We had a nice visit and were talking when Earl Roland came in with his son. I knew and remembered Earl very well from our childhood days with the Metigoshe Lutheran churches. Earl is a few years older than me. After he had been sitting there awhile, he was very surprised when I called him by name. He had no idea who I was. Needless to say he was very surprised when I told him. We hadn’t seen each other in nearly 50 years. My looks have changed over the years, Earl’s hasn’t. Earls Mother, Rena Roland, was a first cousin to Art Rude.
Second Picture: Terry Olson (’64) and Lorenzo Anderson (’63) were regulars in the Bottineau Bakery. I saw them most every day while I was there.
Third Picture: Ralph and Luella Boardman (’49) Bjornseth had their dinner meal most everyday at the Bakery too