From Ginger(LaRocque)Poitra (65):
I didn’t receive e-mail number 359. I sure have been enjoying all the
stories of times gone by. We all need to remember and pass our memories
on to our children and they to their children, and so on. My son who
lives in Texas was telling me how he tells his sons his remembrance of his
grandparents, whom he loved so much. I had said to him we live and we
die, no one remembers. That isn’t true is it? You all have proved that
here on this blog. You all remember a lot of people and the stories you
all tell are so invigorating to read. We owe Gary Stokes so much for
starting this, and including us all. Thank you Gary you are one of a
kind! and you are appreciated. Many Many thanks.Ginger(LaRocque)Poitra (65)
Reply from Marge (Longie) Langan Wilcox (Ron, Willy’s & Wally’s sister):
Hello from Washington state
Gary I certainly enjoy your tidbits everyday.
I remember Elaine Watkins very well.
that’s the year the boys were burning the girls dresses.
Reply to Gary from Eileen Egbert Spitzer (Adrian Egert’s Granddaughter):
Thank you for the information on my father. It was very interesting. Since so many are gone, so much
will have been lost. The date of my fathers death was listed wrong in the chart. He was killed in
Germany May 2, 1945. WWII. My mother never remarried and raised my brother and I alone. She
died in October, 2007 at the age of 94. Eileen Egbert Spitzer.
From Kenny Nerpel (65):
It ain’t Paris and it ain’t Hong Kong, but it ain’t bad! There
Kenny Nerpel in Denver, Co.
in Paris France Gary Stokes in Hong Kong
Reply & George Gottbreht pictures from Sharren Gottbreht Shen (59):
Two for Lloyd Awalt, Gary. I sure look forward to his every entry; such fantastic recall that awakens so many happy memories.
George Gottbreht had an office on the east side of Main St: Dunseith Livestock Exchange. I think it must have been located near or in the Wilson Law offices? I believe the title was lettered on the window. Today I think of it as his private card room! Every time I would stop there looking for a nickle or dime, Grandpa and company would be playing cards. I can still smell the smoke of his cigars. The walls had several prints of dogs playing poker, some had expressions of chagrin, some sniggering, some surprised. The dogs were all smoking cigars too! Grandpa was there from early 40’s till his death in ’51. Jim Gottbreht told me of the Exchange sales ring and stock pens where Dale’s is today and I presume that is where most of their business was conducted.
Jack Hosmer told me about the Business Men’s Meeting held every month on Main St. I thought it might have been at Kadry’s. Any member celebrating a birthday that month would receive a new Stetson. Perhaps Lloyd or others could expand on this club.
I remember dad going to every “Smoker” held in town. I have the impression that these games were held in winter. I know my Uncle August Dionne would come from Thorne so I surmise all players were welcome. I wonder where they were held? My picture is rather dim but I will post it anyway.
Message from Neola Kofoid Garbe:
I’ve been meaning to send an email, thanking the person who sent the pictures of Minnie Flynn’s birthday party, to you. Alice Vandal Leonard planned to attend, but because of the weather, she didn’t make it. I forwarded your newsletter that included pictures of Minnie’s birthday, to Alice. She was so happy to receive them. As you know, Alice doesn’t care to receive all the newsletters, so I try to forward the ones I think she might enjoy seeing. Alice was one of the four ladies who wrapped caramels to set on the registration desk at Frozen Fingers Festival, Sleep Inn in Minot on February 13-15. Dick and Brenda Johnson/Ron Hett will be performing at this event.
eBay info for Bill Hosmer’s friends book “The Birds Were Silver Then” posted by Neola Garbe:
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