2-27-2008

 
Sharon Longie Dana’s (73) Condolences to the Evans/Berube family & question about Bev Azure:
 
Can someone tell me what’s going on with Clarence and
Bev Azure???/ the medical expenses part??? I have been
out of the loop.
I also send my condolences for the Berube/Evans
families, she was the nicest woman. I always remember
her when we sold Christmas wreaths, she bought one
every year and it was a special time to visit with
her.
Sharon Longie Dana(class of 73)
 
Sharon, For those of you in the classes of 72 & 73 and a few others that have been added to the Alumni list in the past month, I’ve pasted. at the bottome of this message, a few of the messages explaining Bev’s bout with Cancer.  She is one lucky lady to have come out of this whole thing as well as she has.  The messages at the bottom pretty much explaine her whole story.
 
 
 
Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine’s (73) reply to Gary Stokes’ phone call:
 
Next to visting with you last evening this news letter was great.  I have
so many fond memories of Dunseith school days and the Turtle mountians.  I
think of all the good times in 4-H and those hay rides.  I would love to
hear from anyone and everyone.  thanks for adding me to your e-mail
address.  Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine class of 73.
 
Note: Jim, Marlys, Vickie & Lorie are all siblings of Norman & Irene Hiatt (Both deceased).  They were our close neighbors to the east of us up in the hills in the Ackworth community.  We did a lot of neighboring back and forth in our growing up days of which I have fond memories of. We now have all four of the Hiatt siblings are on our distribution list.  Gary
 
 
 
 
Diane Larson Sjol”s (70) memory of Jack Hosmer:
 
I remember Uncle Jack (Hosmer) taking us kids out on the pontoon. We
had so much fun…it was actually the first pontoon on the
lake…complete with lawn chairs and a little cooler.  He would take
it out on the lake and let us jump off and swim.  He never seemed to
be in a hurry….When I walked in the store at about age 10, he would
holler here comes Dinah Shore…don’t know why he called me that but I
kind of liked the attention.  Both Jack and Inie were wonderful
people.  We have lots of good memories of both of them….they are
missed.  Thanks for the picture Dick.  Diane
 
 
 
 
Bill Hosmer’s (48) question for Dick Johnson (68) and others (68):
 
Gary, and my Dunseith Friends,

     Just a quick comment on Dick Johnson’s comments about the triple 50th
wedding anniversary.  Dad (Jack) and Glen took their two women to
Crookston Minnesota and had a double wedding.  They used Ike Berg’s
car for some reason, maybe because it had front and back seats.In
actuality, Ike and Agnes were married that same year, 1929, but were
already married but could not reveal that fact because Agnes was a
school teacher, and marriage was not allowed in those days unless you
were a male.  Some swell rationale behind all that, I suppose.

     On another matter for Dick and you other musicians in our readership
I have a favor to ask and pursue, and you may have some ideas how to
approach this task:   I wrote some words for a song about a fighter
airplane I flew long ago, for a reunion of a bunch of the fighter
pilots who flew it.  It premiered at the first F-100 Super Sabre
Society reunion in 2007.  The next reunion will be in the spring of
2009, where I would like to play it on a CD with speakers for the 5
or 7 hundred people who will be there.  The two F-100 pilots who sang
it the first time could not be heard, and I’ve been asked to get
different musicians, because the words were well liked.

      The words are mine, but I stole the music from an old version of
“Ghost Riders In The Sky” made popular by a vocalist named Frankie
Laine.    My version is called  “Hun Drivers In The Sky”   “Hun” is
the nickname of the F- one hundred.

      I heard Dick’s Dad, Don Johnson sing many times while we were in
DHS, and maybe some of those musical genes are maintained in the
musical repertoise of Dick, and others of you who have excelled in
the musical world.

      My strategy, if there is any interest in this project, is to email
the words to the piece to appropriate and kind interested musicians
from my home town territory.  I would cover any expenses, and
provide an amount of cash to make the time and effort worth while.
Copies of the disc would be available  for any performers at zero
cost , as well.   With copyright laws in question, I would not
intend on selling any CDs, but just use the one I get to play at the
2009 reunion in Las Vegas, NV.

       I will send the words if there is any interest in this matter.  I
am looking around the field of guys I flew the Hun with, but one
thing about fighter pilot singing is that it usually done in large
numbers with alot of alcolhol having been consumed, thereby making
the tonal quality “irritating” at best.  A North Dakota sound from
the hills and plains would be something special and one I’d be
proud to give full credit to when the event occurs.

       Gary and all the rest, all my best.   Bill Hosmer

 
 
 
 
From Susan Fassett Martin (65):
 
This is the article from the TMS in Oct of 1979.  It goes with the
picture that Dick sent.  The article is an interesting one, I hope it
comes throught good enough for all to read.  Three nice couples, who
added a lot to the history of Dunseith.      Hugs,   Susan

 

 
 
 
Bev Morinville Azure’s Cancer diagnosis
 
Classes of 72 & 73 and a few others of you that have been added to the Alumni list in the past month:
These are a few of the messages in progression that explain Bev’s diagnosis with cancer and her present condition to date.
 
 
1/10/08: Message from Deb Morinville (70).  Bev Morinville (72) has Cancer:
 
Hi Gary,
 
If it’s possible could you pass this along to the classes of 68 through 73?  As you know Bev found out that she has cancer in her mouth, under the tongue to be precise.  She has to have Cat scans, chest X-rays and bloodwork, but it looks like she will be having surgery on Tuesday. It’s going to be very rough for a few weeks.  They told her she will lose about 75% of her tongue and will have to have speech therapy.  She will also have a g-tube for feeding and drinking for a while.  Also they will remove her bottom teeth because it makes it easier for radiation. 
Those of you that have time I know that she would love to hear from you. Her snail mail is
 
Bev Azure
POB 447
Dunseith ND 58329
 
 
1/26/08: Deb Morinville’s (72) Surgery: Report from Deb Morinville (70):
 
Hi Gary,
 
Here is the first report after Bev’s surgery today.  The dr. said that he didn’t have to take as much of her tongue.  In fact he could leave the tip and so she will have way less difficulty talking. She should be able to very quickly.  The CAT scan and other tests look like they got everything and the tumor hadn’t spread.  We are all so relieved and are cautiously optimistic.  When I hear more I’ll let you know.  BTW  thank you to all who have sent her cards and emails.  She is overwhelmed (in a good way) and deeply moved.  You have all helped her to face this with a lot of strength and grace.  I am so grateful to you all.  But what else could you expect from Dunseith’s best?
 
Deb
 
 
 

2/8/08: Bev Morinville’s (72) update from sister Deb (70):
 
Hi Gary,
 
I  just finished a short but very happy phone call with Bev!  She is doing so terrific that SHE answered the phone.  Sent me immediately into a frenzy of crying and laughing!  She will be finding out soon about radiation but she won’t have to have chemo and she is speaking so clearly.  I was so amazed.  She stills tires easily but will return to her computer soon.  In the meantime I have forwarded to her all the private emails I have received asking about her.  She wants me to tell all of you that she is so grateful for the outpouring of love, support and prayers that she has received.  It really is a miracle and an amazing answer to all those prayers.
 
Deb Morinville Marmon 70
 
 
2/10/08: Message from Bev Morinville Azure (72):
 
GARY, PLEASE  PASS THIS ON  TO   THE  DUNSEITH  GANG  !!!!!!!!!!! HI  EVERYONE  FIRST OF  ALL I WOULD  LIKE  TO THANK EACH OF  U   FOR  ALL THE  GET WELL WISHES AND CARDS , E MAILS AND  VISITS I  HAVE RECIEVED  IN THE LAST  FEW WEEKS   WOW  WHAT A  BUNCH OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE   U ARE.  I HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED  AND  SO MANY  PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.I  HAVE THE  GREATEST  FAMILY  AND   FRIENDS IN THE  WORLD  NOT  ONLY  DID MY  CLOSE  FRIENDS  RALLY AROUND  ME AND  MY  FAMILY  BUT  FRIENDS OF  MY SISTERS AND   BROTHERS  .  AND ALSO THE FRIENDS  FROM  YEARS  AGO  I THANK U ALL SO MUCH. WE  GREW UP IN A  GREAT  PLACE AND   EVEN THOUGH   WE  DON’T SEE EACH OTHER OFTEN IT   AMAZES  ME HOW OLD  FRIENDS COME THOUGH WHEN SOMEONE  NEEDS A  KIND  WORD  .  I AM  RECOVERING  JUST  FINE  I  WILL NEED  RADATION   5  DAYS A WEEK   FOR  7  WEEKS  JUST  TO MAKE  SURE   NONE  OF  THOSE  NASTY  CELLS  RUN AWAY  WHEN   THEY  SAW   THAT  KNIFE  COMING  LOL   I   HAD  AN  AMAZING  DOC. I  WAS   VERY  BLESSED  IN  MANY   WAYS    YES I  LOST   50%  OF  MY TOUNGE   BUT  I   CAN TALK AND I  CAN LAUGH  AND  AND  I  THANK  GOD  FOR THAT.  THE  CANCER  DID  NOT  MOVE  FROM  MY TOUNGE . I HAVE A   FEELIN MY  ANGELS JOE AND FRANCES WERE  HOLDING   THAT  BACK .  ANYWAYS  I  DO  THANK EACH  OF  U  FOR THE SPECIAL  BLESSING   OF   FRIENDSHIP U  HAVE GIVEN  ME IN THIS   TIME .  U  WILL  ALL  BE   BLESSED  SOMEDAY.  GOD WATCH OVER U AND MAY HE  BLESS YOU  .  CATHY   IT WAS GREAT  TO SEE U THE OTHER  DAY  WHAT  A  LIFT U  GAVE  ME.      BEV