Reply from Monte Espe (68) to Martha Lamb Schepp’s (68) Question:
Gary, I have to let you know how much you are appreciated by
putting this all together. So much history is being recorded by
our own little group. Here is what I found out. Shane
Lester’s Grandmother [Fern Wetherelt], was born at Kelvin in
1905. The oldest daughter of Thomas H Wetherelt. Thomas H
Wetherelt and my Grandmother Scelina Wetherelt House were
siblings. Fern Wetherelt moved with her parents to Broadus,
Montana in in 1922 and in 1928 married Joseph Lester [Shane’s
Grandfather] Shane’s father [Lloyd Lester] married Charleen
Best[who grew up on a ranch west of Towner]. So yes Shane has a
lot of relatives from up in the Hill’s. Hope this answers your
question Martha. Of course Martha and I go back to our first
grade as classmates at Hilltop School. Gary, When I came in
from the shop tonight , the snow crunch’es under your feet like
it did when we were kid’s. It’s -38 out tonight and clear as a
bell. WILL BE OUR COLDEST NIGHT IN YEARS !!! Hope it’s years
till it returns. Also the coyotes are really howling it up.
Bring back any memories ?
Dwight Lang (61) – Colon Cancer:
I think most of you know Dwight and knew his parents, Adam & Charlotte (Hiatt) Lang. Gary
2008 has finally ended, thank goodness! Property values, retirement accounts and all other investments free fell as expenses, taxes and living costs, grew like pig weeds in early summer. To cap off this wonderful year, I has a colonoscopy performed on the 31st of Dec. Happy New Year!! On the positive side of the ledger, this old tight wad finally splurged on a new LCD 47″ TV. Merry Christmas to me! Now I actually pay my Comcast bill each month knowing I enjoy watching their service.
Here we go with 2009. As the Obama maniacs plan for their super blow out bash in DC, I awaited the biopsy results. Got a call Friday and malignant was the verdict. Since moving to Tucson some five years ago, I have used the VA for my primary health care services. Having had several health issues mainly back and hip problems these last few years, at times I have bitched and moaned about the delays in receiving services thru the VA bureaucracy. I have found the care and the staff both to be great at the VA, but scheduling to receive them is usually another matter. Well today being Tuesday, I got a call from the surgeons assistant, Mary, and I am set up for pre-opt testing and consultation within two week with surgery scheduled to remove the cancerous section of my Colin the following week. Now how about that for service? I know and trust Dr. Levine, the surgeon, and Mary, his asssistant. Yes, I am relieved and hope for the best in the remainder of 2009.
I still have the area code 58319 (Lake Metigoshe) on my AOL welcome screen and as I logged on tonight, I see it is 25 below in Bottineau (hope the wind is not blowing). The extended forecast for Tucson is for highs in the low 70’s all this week. Yes, there are some things to be thankful for even when this old body starts giving me fits. This Internet thing is kind of neat too, isn’t it? Within a minute, my small sermon here, will find it’s way to the Phillipines, Ukraine and Texas to North Dakota without a stamp. Happy New Year to all of you and I wish to each of you the best life can offer through 2009.
From Carmen (Leonard) Richard (Rolette):
Our nephew, Bryan Schmeitz, son of Stella (Richard) and Louis Schmeitz. is truning 50 on Feb. 4th. He has been battling Multiple Sclerosis for a number of years and is a resident of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Bottineau. He is pretty much confined to his room, as the heat and lights bother him. I am requesting a card or letter shower to help him celebrate this milestone birthday. It would brighten his day to hear from any of you. Bryan graduated from Dunseith High School in 1977. His address is
Good Samaritan Home
725 E 10th St.
Bottineau, ND 58318
Terry Espe (64) retires from the Head of the ‘Home Land Security Office’ at the Peace Garden Port of Entry.
Posted by Patti Metcalfe Woods (67):
Jack and I will be attending Terry Espe’s Retirement Party tomorrow night, Thursday, January 15th, at the Norway House in Bottineau.
Wish you could all join us. Terry’s wife, LeaRae (Parrill) and I started first grade together in Dunseith. LeaRae’s mother, Mrs. Millie Parrill was our first grade teacher.
Terry’s brother, Dennis Espe, was my junior high teacher. I road on the same school bus as Terry’s sister, Claudia. She had a beautiful long plaid coat and
would wrap our feet in her coat to keep them warm. There were no radios or heat in Johny’s bus. These are all very fond memories of mine.
I have worked with Terry at the border for 22 years. He was a number one boss and we will miss you Terry.
His job is complete. He has given his best effort. It is time to sweep up and turn out the lights on this career. For the light
will come up brightly on the brand new adventures that await him. Enjoy your retirement, Terry.
Best Regards, Patti and Jack Woods
Terry and LeaRae (Parrill) Espe
Reply from Dick Johnson (68):
Gary and Friends,
Thanks to Jill Flynn Tinjum for the correct story on her uncle Harold
Reply from Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra (65):
This summer the Wondrasek Photography lady and her daughter in Bottineau
They said that if we know who they were to take them and give them to the
I took a few of them and some were of this couple. Jeannie and Ron,
Mrs. Wandrasek and her daughter are very kind in doing this, there were a
Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra (65)
Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59):
In this very kind message from Neola she mentioned a picture posted of Ernest Tennancour. Could I have a copy or forward of the posting.
Ernest Tennancour was the great uncle of the children of Dale and Alma Gottbreht. Ernest, brother of Mary Louise Tennancour our great grandmother by her first husband John Levi Gaudette, was our neighbor across the street and up the block. Their home was near the steep Willow Creek bank. EJ and I were returning from a visit to Aunt Celia Evans late one spring, traveling along the creek shore. One could hear the rush of water under the snow covered ice and EJ decided she would check this out, we were 6 and almost 5. “Don’t do it Emma Jo”, but out she went and fell through about 8ft from shore. I fled up the embankment and started screaming for Uncle Ernest all the way to his home. He was out the door and rushed past me with a long shovel and was able to extend it to EJ and pull her off the ice. Lucky she was such a “light weight” and only lost boot and shoe from one foot. I am sure Uncle Ernest and Aunt Theresa must have tired of my frequent visits; a family hero. I’ve never had a problem believing in
Be well. You do good work Neola and Gary. Love the prospect of Gary’s page in 2009.
Sharron Gottbreht Shen
I think this is the picture you are referring to? Gary
The Robert & Dorothy Pritchard family from Dale Pritchard (63):
Dale, I hope you don’t mind me posting this.I know it will be of interest to many of our folks.
I’ve included a recent picture of your mother too. Gary
Gary & Neola,
Shirley (#1) was married to Alvin (Howard) Wagner from Bottineau.
Lorraine (#2) is married to LeRoy Tohm from Kramer. To show how we all
Lois (#3) was the one married to Lyle Draveland from Bottineau.
Carol (#7) is married to Don Corzine from Texas, currently the Sherrif
Neola – We had 7 in the family. Shirley, Lorraine and Lois then Darold,
Dorothy Pritchard several weeks before her 96th Birthday this month – 01/09