Happy Birthday Colette Hosmer
From Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): Irvine, CA
Thinking of Colette today….I am almost positive her birthday is Jan. 30….but I also think Janet’s birthday is in January. Happy Birthday to you both, I have such great memories of the Hosmer family. Bob, Lee, Colette and Nancy, they were all life changers for me, it is because of that family that I met my husband and have been married for almost 44 years. I never hear the song

“what a difference you made in my life”, that I don’t think of this family. Of course they are in my “book” =)

Blessings to you all – Evie
Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and Everyone


When I read Connie’s donkey story told so very well in Grimme’s book of philosophical tales, I had to say I agree with her. I would add one more rule to the self examination philosophy, if I may.


Never judge anyone untill you have walked a mile in their shoes.


As I have often said before, folks in North Dakota take a person at face value, and are not judgemental. However if you cross them unfairly, it is a strong possibility that a cold shoulder would be offered.


By the way, I know its belated but I want to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Erling Landsverk





Don Johnson – Horse Picture

Posted by Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND


Gary and Friends,

This is a picture of my dad, Don Johnson, clowning around sitting on ‘Apache’, a horse that belonged to his little cousin, Loretta Strietzel. She is sitting on the pony in another photo and appears to be about 4-5 years old so the picture would be in 1944-45. It was taken at the farm of Dad’s uncle, Otto Strietzel, in the very NE corner of Holmes Twp. near Dion Lake. I only sent this picture to try to compete with Vickie’s picture of her dad sitting on his nice horse. I’m sure you can tell at a glance that my dad was quiet the horseman too! Well maybe not.

Hey Marshall, thanks for posting the picture of your dad and the logs from the old Awalt homestead house. That is a neat piece of very local history. Folks, Marshall emailed me the picture and said that the light blue paint is still visible on the inside of the logs. How about that?? Thanks Vickie, Marshall, and Gary!

One more short joke. Two neighbors met on the road in their buggies. The one was a grumpy old man of few words. The other stopped and asked him, “Didn’t you have a mule that came down with pneumonia?” The old grump said, “Yep.” The other guy asked, “What did you do for him?” He answered, “I fed him a gallon of turpentine—giddyup.” The guy went home and fed his mule a gallon of turpentine and the mule died! A few days later he met the old grump again and asked him, “Didn’t you tell me you fed your mule a gallon of turpentine?” The grump said, “Yep.” The other guy said, “Well, I went home and fed my mule a gallon of turpentine and it killed him!” The grump said, “Yep, killed mine too—giddyup.”