11/18/2012 (1650)

Bernadette has Ulcers
Bernadette had an Upper GI Endoscopic procedure done yesterday (Saturday) morning. She has one large ulcer in her small intestine and several smaller ulcers in her stomach. She now knows the cause of all the stomach pains she has been having.Bernadette was dreading having an Upper GI Endoscopy. The thought of having a tube inserted through her mouth and down her esophagus to her stomach wasn’t a pleasant thought.  Bernadette didn’t flinch one time during the procedure and didn’t feel a whole lot of discomfort either. I was amazed watching the whole procedure.

Her doctor put her on meds and said that it would probably take 2 months to clear up that large ulcer.


Allen Beckman’s relative
Reply from Marie Iverson Staub (’60):   Seattle, WA
Hope Bernadette finds out what the problem is and it’s not serious.
In Dale Pritchard’s e-mail about Allen Beckman. He was my cousin. His mother and my mother were sisters.
I had not heard that he had passed away. After his mother passed away I did not have much contact. I think the last time I saw him was in 1984 for the Bottineau centennial at his dads place in Bottineau.
Thanks to Dale for letting me know.
Rindahl Log House
Reply from Phyllis McKay (’65): Auburn, WA


I thought that house might have been Grandma Rendahl’s as my mother called her. Mom said she was a very feisty and independent lady and when she and her husband could no longer get along, she built that log cabin herself and moved across the road from “old man Rendahl” another name my mother used to describe many old men. The things that puzzled me when I looked at the picture was the chimney. The way I remember the house, it had a stone chimney and the picture looks like some kind of brick. I also was puzzled at the size of windows or door in the front. The opening seems very large for a log house. Of course that house disappeared when I was in high school and my memories are dimmed. I remember asking mom if Grandma Rendahl ever moved back with her husband and what I remember is that she didn’t.

My brother Bill owns the Rendahl land as we call it. He and his boys have always enjoyed being up in the woods. My dad also loved the woods. As a young man, he would pull his sleigh up in the hills and cut wood and bring it back to Dunseith and to sell to the town people. Cutting wood was one thing that my brothers continued doing with dad especially Bill. Dad made a wood splitter that in my opinion, was very dangerous. Dad would sit a log on the platform before a wheel would come around with an axe like head would come down and split the wood. The pieces would go flying while Dad put another log on the splitter. Dad was very proud of his huge stack of wood. He burned wood in a small wood stove that was located in the dining room. It made the house very cozy but as he and mom got older they liked to keep the house very warm, too warm for the rest of us!

So sorry to hear of Bernadette’s stomach troubles. I hope it is only something minor.


At least both Rebecca and her husband each had their log homes on the Rolette county side of the county line.  
You remember a lot more of the finer details than me. I just remember seeing that old log house, many times, at the bottom of the Rindahl hill. I don’t know any of the history of the Rindahl’s. All I know is that my great aunt, Rebecca, was married to a Rindahl. Rebecca was a great aunt to the Eldon/Ella Pladson siblings too. Ella’s mother, Alice Stokes Thompson, was a sister to Rebecca. Rebecca’s nick name was Reba.
My folks were married in June 1941, so mom knew Reba several years before her death. Mom often mentioned her too, but I don’t remember a lot of the details of what she said.
Do any of you know any of the history of the Rindahl’s? What was Rebecca’s husband’s name? I couldn’t locate a death notice for him either in the ND death listings.
About 1938 – William Stokes with his two daughters, Rebecca & Lillian & some of their families
Standing L to R: William Stokes, Esther Thompson Tangen, Ulysses Thompson,
Rebecca Stokes Rindahl, Lillian Thompson Cain,  Ella Thompson Pladson & Lester Cain 
Sitting in Wheel chair:  Alice Stokes Thompson holding Jimmy Cain
Joke of the day
Posted by Don Malaterre (’68):  Sioux Falls, SD
Ole & Lena lived by lake in North Dakota.  It was early vinter and da lake had froze over.  Ole asked Lena if she vould valk across da lake to da yeneral store for beer.

She asked him for some money, but he told her, “Nah, just put it on our tab.”  So Lena valked across the lake, got the beer at da yeneral store, den walked back home across the lake  Ven she got home and gave Ole his beer, she asked him, “Ole, you alvays tell me not to run up da tab at da store.  Why didn’t you yust give me some money?”  Ole replied, “Vell, I didn’t vant to send you out dere vit some money ven I wasn’t sure how tick the ice vas yet.”