08/25/2018 (2661)

Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59): DHS Class of 59 Valedictorian: Visitation and Celebration of life Reply from Colette Hosmer (’64 Santa Fe, NM

What an absolutely beautiful tribute for Judy.

Thank you,



Don Corbin (Former DHS Teacher/Principal) has the Final stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Facebook message from Don’s sister, Pat Miller Corbin.

NOTE: Pat has given me permission to post her reply to me. She can be reached on Facebook messaging.

Hi Gary,

Things are OK with me, hope they’re good with you. I’m sorry to tell you that Don doesn’t have an email address. He has the final stage of Parkinson’s Disease and is under hospice care in Fort Collins, CO. He’s not able to speak and is very frail. It’s a very sad time for us. Please say a prayer for him, that he doesn’t suffer. I’ll update you as I know anything new. His wife, Irene, and his kids are with him. Sorry to have to tell you sad news.

Gary’s reply
I know many of you remember Don Corbin Very well. He was my Biology Teacher in our sophomore year. That was the first year in the new high school and the present DHS today too.

 Mr. Corbin was one guy we didn’t screw with. He was very liked and a respected disciplinarian too. Midyear (1962/63) as I remember, Mr. Conroy, our School HS Principal had to leave for medical reasons. Mr. Corbin, as I remember, filled in for Mr. Conroy in his absence. Miss Diane Liere was hired fresh out of college to take over Mr. Corbin’s classes. Miss Liere was a very attractive young teacher. She was having disciplinary problems with some of the boys in our Biology class. I remember Mr. Corbin giving our class a very firm lecture. We all got the message loud and clear.

 I remember well Mr. Corbin pulling me to the side in the hallway, telling me I could do a lot better than I was doing in his biology class. It felt really good having Mr. Corbin take a special interest me too. Especially from him. Long before I started doing this blog, I often thought of him too. I will never forget him. 


Joe Peloe: Question from Ron Peltier (‘70):
Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68):   Farimount, ND


Floyd Dion would know the answer to Ron’s question about Joe Peloe. I believe he was a half-brother to Floyd. Their mother was Lydia Dion who was a sister to my grandmother, Eva Dion.

Not sure about the spelling of Peloe.

Toni Gredesky



Rethinking this, I am wrong about Lydia being my grandmother’s sister. I believe that here husband, whose name I don’t remember, would have been my grandmother’s brother. As I said, Floyd Dion is the person to talk to.

Toni Gredesky


HMS Hood …..’Sink the Bismarck’ and Uncle E.
History posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

My first music lesson of  WWII history  Bismarck and the Hood  began in early grade school, listening to  a song Uncle Emil enjoyed.

I figured out by listening, the  ‘Bismarck’  sailed by German’s sank  the  ‘HMS Hood’.

Uncle Emil was in the army corp in Europe in WWII and owned  a  Johnny Horton LP in the late 50’s.

I believe we  must have rather liked Johnny Horton  “historical saga” music.

We all enjoyed  listening to the entire LP.Uncle Emil  would be singing the song and others on the LP while strumming the guitar.

Later on, my  family purchased the record.  The  ‘Sinking of the Bismarck’ was favored by my  brother.

He’d play it over and over and over again……while holding his  half grown cat( Twinkle-Toes kitten).

Holding onto Malty’s  orange, black and white body with  his right hand

and her tail in his left with  a wide mischievious grin,he sang along and  point the  tail as a  gun toward…. us sisters.

Apparently, we (sisters) represented the enemy sailors as we were forever telling him to put on other music.




‘The ship was sunk in 1941 by the German battleship Bismarck, with the loss of all but three of the 1,418 sailors ‘

‘The Bismarck was probably the most powerful warship in commission at the time and the Hood was a battle cruiser, rather than a battleship.’

“It was the equivalent of three battalions of troops lost in three minutes,”


Blog (736) posted on March 7, 2010

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


Please add my mother, Leona Hosmer to your list. She would enjoy getting your newsletter.

Thank you


Jan, where is you mother living now? I know many of our readers know and remember your mother well. She is from the Richard family too. Thanks for including her.

 Leona, we’d love to hear from you too. Gary


Dunseith School Song:
Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND.

It was interesting to read the Dunseith school song and the notation on the boys. There is a movement (or perhaps just an idea as this time) regarding the national anthem of Canada. This group feels that the song should be more nongender — at the present it says “the patriot love in all thy sons command”.

Perhaps this world is going to the side of political correctness a bit too far


Dale Pritchard (63):
From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

Dale Pritchard sent me an overview of his travels and adventures with the US Air Force and other military branches. I thought the Dunseith blog readers would be as interested as I was.

Brenda, It is my pleasure to post this. Dale has most certainly had a very interesting career. Gary

Hi Brenda,

I’ll answer your letter so I can procrastinate on something I should be doing. My Air Force time was all spent in aircraft maintenance, starting as the lowest paid wrench carrier. In my last 5 years, I supervised about 75 people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in one of three different areas we had. Then I moved from that to being the overall supervisor of all three sections, about 450 people. I then spent two years supervising the scheduling of missions and scheduled maintenance. Because of that job, I got promoted to Superintendent of Aircraft Quality Assurance with only 20 people under me.

My first base was a two year tour in Japan, of which I spent most of my time in Viet Nam. I then ended up at Langley AFB in Virginia. Much of my time there was spent in Europe. Then on to Taiwan (or the Republic of Formosa) where I ended back in Viet Nam again. I came back from there and went to Topeka, Kansas where I continued the 3-month rotations to Europe. The base at Topeka closed in the summer of 73 and I got sent to the base of Little Rock, Arkansas. European rotations again! From there I landed in Okinawa for eight months after which they moved me to Japan, just five miles from where I was stationed the first time. During my Okinawan time, I again spent a lot of time in Viet Nam and was there with a team repairing one of our planes the day before Saigon got overrun. Got out just in time. When I left Japan, I got sent to Abilene, Texas. Because there was no more Viet Nam, I got stuck in Abilene for eight years.

Memorable parts include getting to see about 95% of the countries in Europe, including England, Germany, Norway, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey. I forget the rest now except Poland. Being a communist country, we had to paint over the US markings on the plane and fly in civilian clothes. I also made it into many of the islands in the Pacific. Korea, the Philippines, Pakistan, Iran and Indonesia. The memory is getting away and I’m rambling here.

Because of my service connected Quality Assurance time, I got my first Government job for the Army as a Quality Assurance evaluator at an ammunition plant in South Mississippi. They closed after 4 years and I got sent to a Defense Logistics Agency supply depot at Memphis, TN. They closed after I had been there 5 years and I got sent down to Fort Polk, LA where I have been now for 14 years as a Contracting Officer’s Representative working Contract Quality Assurance. It’s ironic that I spent 20 years in the Air Force and will spend another 24 or so working for the Army.

As a small farm kid, at graduation time, I never dreamed how things would work out for me. How I would get to see a small part of so many countries (add Africa and South America to the list above). I do not regret the experience, but I wouldn’t want to go through it again.

Carol is married to the county sheriff of Yokum County, Texas and has three kids who are all married now and some grandchildren. I am married with two children, one of each but no grandchildren yet. Our daughter is now 26, married and living outside Washington DC in Fairfax. Our son is 32, and because of a severe head injury as a teenager, he will be with us forever.

It is truly amazing that so many small town area kids can get into such a wide variety of careers, live in so many different places, do so much good, and turn into such good folks in the process. Guess I better get back to work even though it is Friday.

Hey, I still remember Dale’s black and yellow 55 ford. That was the best looking car I had ever seen up to that point.



Judge Ketterling passed away:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

From CaringBridge:

It is with a very heavy heart but also a peaceful one that I make this journal entry. Lester passed away this morning around 2:15. The nurse informed that it was a very peaceful death. I am sure this comes as a shock to many of you. I have sat with Lester many days and could see his decline so for me it is such a relief that he is now being comforted by God’s loving arms. Jeremy was able to be here and say his goodbyes. Unfortunately Jeremy and Lester weren’t able to communicate with each other but they have had so many wonderful times and also Jeremy was aware of his dad’s decline. I don’t know any details as of yet but will inform you as soon as I can. Jeremy and I will be flying to Bismarck on Monday night. My brother will pick us up and bring us home. Thanks again for all your prayers cards. calls. emails and concerns. I pray that God will all give you some peace with the shocking news about Lester. God bless all of you Ketterling’s


Mel Kuhn’s (70) mother, Alice Cote Kuhn:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


I visited Mom this afternoon at Good Sam. When I was in the hall, I saw a lady I thought was Mel’s mom. She was. She was dressed so nicely/had a big smile/lovely lady. I think I’ve mentioned her room is very close to my Mom’s room.



Previously posted with message 277 on November 8, 2009:
Reply to the Cote sister’s picture from Mel Kuhn (70):


 Boy, you put a lot on to an old CRS guy, but here goes. Standing left is Lillian [Bill]Allard, they lived in Overly for many years. Lillian is the youngest of the 5 sisters. Standing center is my mom, Alice[Marvin]Kuhn. Standing right is Evelyn[Phillip]Seneshal, they farmed and lived in the Overly area for many years. Evelyn is the oldest of the 5 sisters. Sitting left is Adeline[Fred]Allard, she is Alden and Merle’s mom, I believe you would know them. Sitting right is Olivine[John]Allard, again using names you would know she is Carol and Larry’s mom. If I provide very little information it leaves less room for error. Carol could give a lot better history then I can. Maybe we could talk her into doing so?

We’ve just had the first of this winter’s blizzards. It looks like 8-10 inches of snow here, and as Dick said some lovely 40 mph winds. The electricity is still out in many places. I got called in to Park View where I had to scrounge up a couple of generators to get some light and heat going for the old folks. The powers that be who built the place decided that it was more important that they eat off of $3000.00 solid oak tables then to have a standby power plant. It was a good thing that I had the heat all up in the floor. That will hold at a comfortable temp for many hours for people like us, but not for old folks. If it gets under 75 they start complaining. When I came home from work last night volunteers were busy at work trying to clean the snow off the football field in St. John. We are supposed to play a game today[Sat] to see who moves along to play for first place in State. It could be interesting. Later.


Standing: Lillian Allard, Alice Kuhn & Evelyn Seneshal
Sitting: Adeline Allard & Olivine Allard


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Neola, Your are right, this is Diane Larson Sjol (70).
Thank you so much for sharing. Gary

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND