Allen Pladson
Request from Almo Pladson (’72): Williston, ND
Hi Gary
Will you add my brother Allen Pladson to your distribution list?
Almo, it is my pleasure to add Allen to our distribution list. Also, As I remember, you moved to Williston, ND. Can you send me your address so I can update my files? Also, where is Allen living? Thanks, Gary
Joe Spaeth
Reply from Allen Richard (’65): Midland, MI
If all car salesmen had 10% of his integrity it would be a better world. How many of you have NOT bought a vehicle from Joe?
Allen Richard
More on the Dunseith Main Streets
From Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

In reply to Bonnie’s question on the Stone Garage sign, it
appears to be a Standard sign and I suspect the distance from the camera
just made it appear to be a V. The Standard signs are quite unique and
are the only ones that have the lighted blue flame on the top. The
flames are visible on both signs in the earlier picture looking south. I
bought a Standard sign a few years ago just like the ones in the
picture. In fact I bought a Standard and a Texaco sign from a guy the
same day for I think $200. for the pair. When Red Kester’s family had
their auction sale I wasn’t able to be there so I called the auctioneer
and told him I would go as high as $300. on the same sign they had
listed on the sale. He called me that night and told me it went for
$1200. I don’t know if that’s called inflation or insanity but it was
great for the Kester family which made me feel good anyway. Right
people at the right place and you never know what will happen.

One item of progress I happened to notice is that in the older 1940s
picture there are no TV antennas on the stores but there are three
visible in the 1960s picture. The cafe sign on the building south of
the theater is ‘Gateway Cafe’. Is this the same place that was called
the ‘Confectionery’ in earlier days? I remember reading an ad in one of
the old Dunseith Journal newspapers for the ‘Confectionery’. Lloyd
Awalt or Floyd Dion or someone may know–how about it? Thanks Gary!


Former Dunseith Businesses
Listing from Lloyd Awalt (’44): Bottineau, ND

Gary & Friends’

Looking at the Post Cards of Dunseith, for some of you that haven’t seen Dunseith at the early times, I’ll see if I can refresh your memory. The one facing south would be in the Mid. 30’s early 40’s, going down the west side of the street. migration office, Dakota Hotel, little gas station, Horsemen Drug , Wilson Barber Shop,Peace Garden Cafe, Bottineau Creamery, Crystal Cafe, Myres Dept. Store, Ernest H. Bakery, Halvorson Bar, Red Owl Store, Stone Garage, Corner Bar, Lamoureux Garage, KC Sine, Corner Garage, Clarence Bergs House, Jess Wilson House. Going down the East side Charlie Watkins Cream Station, Iver Loes City Service, Hosmer Store, Dan McCoy’s Bar, Richard 5 & 10 cent Store. Kadery Pool Hall, Gottbreht Hardware, Post Office, Bank, Doutlas Funeral Parlor, Theater, Cafe, Ray Murray Judge, Clint Anderson Creamery Station, Leonard’s Cafe, Dunseith Jur., Telephone office, Hassen

store. Richards Gas Station, Lot of places have changed hands or gone. Like Myres Dept. now Gamble Store, Bottineau Cry. burnt down in 50? Now Bar. Watkins cream station , now Maries Beauty Shop. I could go on but maybe more later.


San Haven Picture
Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (’48): Bottineau, ND
I wonder if the lady next to John Gillis would be Mrs. Paul Decoteau ? (Amelia ?)
Mona Johnson
Everett Olson – dietitian, Ruby Olson – his wife, Andy (I think) Sands husband of Arlene Sands -postmistress, Nels Holman? or Oscar Thone?, Red Pearson – X-ray technician, Grace Frovarp? – Nurse or Vivian Poitra?, Bennie Frovarp – Postmaster and Commissary, Murile McDermeott? or Vivian Poitra (Champagen)? – Nurce, Pete Link (I think) behind the nurses powerhouse, Mary Lou (Hills) Dowling – Nurse, Barbara Schlatt? – Occupational Therapy or Bernice Vanory?,Edna Mohagen (forgot where she worked) in black and white dress, Marge Lillico – (short lady with gray hair in a black suit) Business office, Maxine Magnuson (I think) behind Margie Lillico – Business office, Eva Morin, Arlene Sands in beige jumper with white top – Postmistress, Eva Trafford in white – Manager of Employee Dining Room, Mrs. Paul Decoteau?, Stanley Dowling, John Gillis, Dan Kalk
News paper article/pictures
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot ND.


Today’s Story

Posted by Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.


On a recent hunting forum the question came up… What is the smallest
caliber pistol you can trust to protect yourself from bears?
The answer was…

My personal favorite defense gun has always been a Beretta Jetfire in .22
short! I’ve found over the years when hunting, I never leave without it in
my pocket. Of course we all know the first rule when hunting in the
wilderness is to use the “Buddy System.” For those of you who may be
unfamiliar with this, it means you NEVER hunt alone, you bring a friend or
companion, even an in-law, that way if something happens there is someone
to go get help. I remember one time hunting with my brother-in-law in
northern Wyoming . Out of nowhere came this huge grizzly bear and man was
she MAD! We must have been near one of her cubs. Anyway if I had not had
my little Jetfire I am sure I would not be here today.

That’s right… one shot to my brother-in-law’s knee cap and I was able to
escape by just walking at a brisk pace.

Of all my guns, that little Jetfire is still my favorite.