1/17/2013 (1695)

No Blog yesterday
I was without phone and internet service for most of the day yesterday, so I was unable to get a blog posted.
Happy Birthday Ruby Peltier (DHS ’71): Dunseith, ND
Vickie, After posting this I see you Birthday isn’t until the 21st,
so advance happy birthday
Brenda Sornsin passed away.
Message from Alan Poitra (’76):  Bloomington, MN
Hi Gary, I wanted to also add another obiturary to the blog. It is for Brenda Sornsin (Davis). Brenda is the daughter of Sylvia Williams (Poitra), formerly of Dunseith. Brenda lived in Dunseith for many years and was a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by all.
Brenda Rose Sornsin, 56, Mandan, died January 12, 2013 at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Deacon Randy Frohlich officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dunseith, ND.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Brenda was born October 19, 1956 in Bottineau, ND to Paul and Sylvia (Poitra) Davis. Raised and educated throughout ND, she graduated from Columbus High School in 1974. As a young girl she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandparents and baking her grandpa raisin filled cookies. Hardworking and always willing to help, Brenda worked numerous jobs in her life. A wonderful and dedicated mother, she was always there for her girls and never missed an event they were in. Her grandchildren were very important to her and she cherished time spent with them and spoiling them. She never missed a birthday or special occasion. Brenda enjoyed boating, going for walks, playing pinochle with family, listening to music, and doing beadwork and crafts. On October 19, 2007 she married Richard “Rick” Sornsin in Bismarck and they shared many good times together. Brenda will forever be remembered for her boisterous laugh and bright contagious smile.

Blessed to have shared her life are two daughters, Christy (Eric) Hoffman, Sioux Falls, SD and Lindsay (Finnesgard) Moos, Bismarck; her mother, Sylvia Williams, Mandan; ten grandchildren, Gracey (9), Jacob (7), Abigail (6), Micah (4), Benjamin (3), and Hope (1) Hoffman and Jordan (10), Jackson (6), Kasen (4), and Austyn (2) Moos; a stepson and his family, Jesse (Amy) Sornsin, Noah, Tanner, and Madix; two sisters, Laurie (David) Huelsman, Williston and Donna (Phil) Miller, Bismarck; three brothers, James (Teri) Davis and Marc (Crystal) Davis, all of Williston, and Donald Williams, Bismarck; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Brenda was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father, Paul; stepfather, Donald Williams; brother, Kenny Davis; nephew, Justin; and grandson, baby David Hoffman

Emery and Carol Carbonneau’s wedding Photo
Reply from Aime Casavant (’66):  Jamestown, ND


Wow, now if we can name all the people  in the photo of Emery and Carol Carbonneau’s wedding, that would be quite an accomplishment.  I think I know two besides Emery and Carol.  The second man from the right in the back, I believe is Art Fugere.  The man first man from the left (short, stout) in Emery Carbonneau line I think is August Dionne.  Anyone who can name a dozen would be “Honorary Historian of Dunseith,” in  my opinion.  Emery Jr and Ann (Carbonneau) McConnel might know or some of Johnny Hills children?

Don Williams Memories
Posted by Dick Johnson (’66):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

         With the passing of Don Williams,  there is a memory I would
like to share with the readers.  Don was my mom’s first cousin as their
mother’s were sisters.  During the late 60’s,  he joined the local group
of snowmobilers who gathered regularly at my folks’ place up here in the
hills for trail riding.  They went on weekends and had a small clearing
in our west pasture where they often stopped and fried steaks.  This is
in the deep woods along an old trail and was out of the wind no matter
which direction the wind was coming from.  They were diehard
snowmobilers and even went when it was way below zero!  Some of the
group were Duane and Donna Fugere, Bob and Donna Leonard,  George and
Patty Gottbreht,  Dick and Ruth Charrier,  Alan and Phyllis Campbell,
Ray and Lois Hagel, Gary Metcalfe, Don Williams, and others I might have
missed.  They had a great time and were always ready to go again.

      Now the story about Don Williams.  One evening in the late 60s it
was real cold out and they decided to go for a ride.  I don’t remember
how many went that night but there were several including Don.  I was
home from college and was at my folks’ house as they were unloading
sleds and getting ready to leave in the dark.  They all left the yard in
a roar and were gone maybe a half hour when I heard my dad’s big Polaris
coming in the distance.  We had put dual exhaust pipes on it and the big
old Hirth engine made a very distinctive roar.  It was coming across the
field to the east of the yard and by the sound of it,  I could tell
there was something wrong.  I remember going to the door and watching as
Dad came up into the yard and headed straight to the door of the house.
I opened the door and he basically yelled,  “Give me a hand!”  He jumped
off the sled and there sat Don behind him soaking wet and nearly
frozen.  I ran out and helped lift Don off the sled and into the house.
Dad said to run and fill the bath tub with hot water. He got Don’s coat
and boots off and we got him into the bathroom so he could get into the
hot water and warm up.  Dad went and found some dry clothing and Don got
warmed up and dressed in Dad’s clothes.  By then I had found out what
had happened.  All the snowmobilers had been riding along in a row out
on Sucker Lake along the east side and they all stopped to talk over
where they would go.  As Don stepped off his sled,  he went through the
ice up to his neck.  He was sitting on top of a beaver run and didn’t
know it. They got him out and had to make over a mile cross country and
at below zero temperatures on an open sled.  Dons clothes were frozen
solid on the outside by the time they got to the house.  When Don came
out of the bathroom dressed in dry clothes,  they were laughing about
the incident.  Don asked Dad if he had any other winter gear? Dad said,
“Do you want to go back out there?”  Don smiled and said he did and away
they went.  Those were some dedicated snowmobilers! Here are some
pictures of the group and the snowmobiles they had at the time. Thanks Gary!


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Dunseith, ND
Joke of the day
Posted by Bernice Belgarde (’72):  Bemidji, MN