1/29/2013 (1706)

Memories of Alan Campbell, Armond Mongeon & Jess Hosmer
From Verena Gillis:  Dunseith, ND
I’m sitting here at my desk this am and reading Alan’s obituary.  I am so
saddened by the loss of yet another of our great and distinguished people
in our community.  Alan will always be remembered for his kindness and his
gentle smile.  My youngest daughter Brandi will forever cherish the
memories of attending the 100 year celebration in Bismarck, ND.  Alan came
up to me and asked if we would like our little girl to be on the Peace
Garden Float with the Canadian Mountie Police.  Pete and I thought it
would be a great experience for her so we agreed.  She dressed up in her
End of the Trail Native American Regalia and proudly rode the float with
the Canadian Mounties.  Art Rude drove the vehicle at this time and we
followed that float all over Bismarck.  It was a great day and a wonderful
time for all of us.

It’s hard to imagine never seeing Armond walking down the street anymore
as he did nearly every day for exercise.  Since we all knew he had a green
thumb, he was always at hand to help with any questions we had on
gradening.  And of course memories of Don and Jess Hosmer at the golf
course.  Don was so proud of her skills as a golfer, as she got up to the
tee box and wiggled around a little before she teed off, he would look at
us and say, “ain’t that somethin'”.  Jess and I won a few tournaments
together and I always enjoyed her company.  Playing cards was one of her
favorite past-times after golfing and we enjoyed many hands together.

Yes, Dunseith has lost some beloved people here this past year and this
new year.  They will forever be in our thoughts and in our hearts, always
remembered and never forgotten.

Condolences to the Campbell Family
From Debbie Gunville Champagne (’76):  Belcourt, ND
To The Family of Alan Campbell:

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Alan
Campbell on his recent passing.  In the few times I spoke with Alan, I
found him to be a very sincere man who greeted everyone with kindness and
respect.  My parents spoke very highly of him; in that he was a friend to
all, and also did all he could to help those in time of need.

May all who loved him find peace in celebrating your husband and father’s
life, confidently know that his life was a life very well-lived!

God Bless!

Debbie (Gunville) Champagne

Condolences to the Campbell Family
From Bob Lykins (Teacher): Hutto, TX
My condolences to the Campbell family.  Alan was a true gentleman and an outstanding Dunseith citizen.  Through his efforts at the bank he did so much for the community.  When I did the Business Fair at the high school, Alan was one of our strongest supporters and made available to us his time and a number of resources.  It was a great pleasure knowing him.
Reply to Dale Pritchard
From Bob Lykins (Teacher): Hutto, TX
To Dale Pritchard….Sounds like we were stationed at the same bases around the same time.  I was an Education Specialist with the Department of Defense Dependent schools-Pacific Region working out of Tachikawa/Yokota Air Bases 1974-1977 and Kadena AB 1977-1979.  I probably strapped my butt to a web seat on one of the 130s you serviced as I frequently flew the Yokota-Iwakuni-Kadena-Clark routes with side flights to Osan on TDY to work at various schools.
Eleanor Metcalfe Nerpel Story
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

The following tale is from my cousin, Eleanor who, for me, yesterday, it was a gold mine day visit.

Eleanor let me take her treasured 1923 photo of her parents, which I copied today, and will return.

Wow, a story  to share on your blog too!

Bill and Mary Metcalfe were married in September of 1923.

The couple witnessing their vows were good friends and neighbors,

Gertrude Anderson and  John Awalt.

Later, a wedding dance was held to celebrate this union.

The wedding dance music was made by local musician, neighbor and good friend, Frank Poitra.

Frank who could play sweet fiddle music or a rousing good stepping jig.

Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary, during their first years of marriage  lived on the “Olson Place”

at the  side of Rabbit City Lake.

The Olson place was across the lake from William I and Rose Metcalfe.

Bill and Mary’s first child, Eleanor Rose, was born in August 1924.

Among, two Metcalfe families, many of the aunts and uncles, and their nephews and nieces

were around the same age, and grew up together.

            Along with Eleanor, my dad Cliff was taught his arc’s by his  oldest  brother Billy,

who had a little slate board, chalk and an eraser.   Cliff and Eleanor then began first grade at Bergan -Hillside School.

Eleanor say’s, Mr. Louis  Bergan donated the land and  the carpentry skills to build that school.

She said, Her Uncle Emil.   Gentle Emil was her protector. But she followed Cliff around calling him Uncle.

He didn’t like the teasing from other kids. He didn’t feel like an old uncle!  Then came Bob and Alice who were closer in age

to their aunt Jean.

San Have Articles published in the Bottineau Courant
Provided by Scott Wager from the Bottineau Courant
Series Two of Seven
By SCOTT WAGAR Bottineau Courant

In November of 1912, San Haven opened its doors for patients with tuberculosis with great anticipation of curbing the death rate of tuberculosis in the state.

The first building to be constructed on San Haven’s 260 acres of land was the Administration Building at a cost of $25,000. The structured housed a central dinning room, kitchen, laundry, furnace room, employee’s dinning room, porches and dressing rooms for 18 patients, offices, a laboratory and living quarters for the superintendent’s family and nursing staff. Initially, the building did not have electrical lights or telephone.

Dr. J.P. Widmeyer of Rolla was the first administrator of San Haven and in late November of 1912 he welcomed the first patient to be admitted into the TB sanatorium, Martha Magnusson of Wildrose, North Dakota.

In 1912, it cost patients $1.50 a day, or $5 a week to be treated at the facility.  Patients could either pay the sanatorium bill themselves, or, if they did not have the means to pay, the counties in which they came from would care for their bills.

In the first 18 months of the sanatorium opening its doors, 170 patients had been admitted to San Haven with a long waiting list for individuals wanting to get in to be treated.

With San Haven filled to its capacity, and a long waiting list, the institution constructed three cottages for the patients in 1913, which included the Men’s Cottage, the State Cottage for Women and the Masonic Cottage, which was funded by the Masons and furnishing by the Order of the Eastern Star. Outside of the three cottages being built on the property, the state also constructed a cottage for staff members that same year.

In 1915, the state added another cottage for the superintendent and his family, along with a dairy barn and new a structure called the Refractory Building which housed a new kitchen, dinning hall, assembly room and dormitory for employees.   

With victims of TB coming to San Haven to be treated, family members of the TB patients often moved to the Dunseith area to be closed to their loved ones while they were being treated. Other individuals journeyed to the sanatorium to find employment. With an increase in population and construction going on at the San, enterprise also increased in the Dunseith area, which included an interested team of horses owned by a Dunseith man.

 “Supplies were hauled from town by Henry Grim, driving a grey horse team of communistic habits. These horses wrecked much property. It was not unusual to find boxes of groceries, wagon wheels and bits of horse hair along the two miles of sanatorium road,” stated Stephen L. McDonough in his book, The Golden Ounce. “The grey horses were sold for a good price during the World War (WW I) and shipped to Europe. Everyone signed relief when the news came that they were blown up in the Battle of Marne.”

As for San Haven, itself, any resident from North Dakota could be treated at the sanatorium. Patients were admitted to the San when their personal physician or county medical health officer diagnosed them with TB. At that point, the superintendent of the sanatorium would be notified, and if there were any open beds at the institution, patients would be allowed to come to the facility.

Once diagnosed, patients’ primary treatments during their stay at the sanatorium consisted of rest, fresh air and a well balanced diet. Patients, depending on how severe their tuberculosis was, could expect to be in the sanatorium from one to four years.

Patients spent the majority of their time outdoors receiving fresh air treatments, even through the winter months. If indoors, patients’ windows were always left open, no matter what the weather conditions. For patients who slept in the Administration Building’s porches, it was not unusual for them to wake up in the morning in the wintertime and find snow on the porches’ floors. To keep warm, the patients slept with numerous blankets and hot water bottles.

According to Dr. John Lamont of Towner, who replaced Widmeyer three months after the sanatorium open, the improvement of the patients’ health at San Haven was found to be successful from the very beginning.

“The majority of the patients have shown a great improvement in health, the average gain in the first fifty patients treated being about five pounds, and this is in spite of the fact that many of our early cases sent the institution were in the advance stage of the disease,” wrote Lamont in the Biennial Report to the Board of Control of State Institutions for the Period Ending June 30, 1914. “The largest gain was thirty-three and one-half pounds.”

Even though the state was getting a handle on TB through San Haven, there was still no cure for the disease, and it flourished in the state with alarming numbers, bringing an abundance of patients to San Haven, along with a number of new buildings and treatments for tubercular patients.

 Postings of the day
From Gary Wall:  Bottineau, ND
This little girl would be a dream to teach!

“STAY CALM DAD”…..  (Turn your speaker on.)
This is priceless!
 Click HERE to listen!
Take the time and watch this video…. you will be glad you did!

This really is quite a story about “another generation’’ which will be missed for all time, and the term ‘’till death do us part’’ is not always applicable.

What a gentle soul.