1/29/2014 (1952)

Bernadette took a turn for the worse last night. This morning she was a lot better, but still not good. When I got home from bowling today, she wanted to have dinner at one of the local native restaurants with her family of which we did. There were 10 of us.  Surprisingly, she perked up a bit once we got there. When we got home she said she wanted to play cards, so at the moment she is playing cards. She is not holding her cards very straight, but at least she is in the game. With her playing cards, it gives me a window of time to get this blog out. Novie and Mirasol are finished for the day. We can not expect them to work 18 hour days. They need a break. I am expecting Bernadette to snap out of this one too like she has done in the past. If not, I will hire more help. That is one of the benefits of living in the PI with inexpensive domestic help.
Condolences to the Rodney Evans Family
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
My condolences to the Rodney Evans family. I was one of the few people that could say they drank with Rod (at the Grow Town Tavern) and also sobered up with him. There are not any other people in my life that I can say that about. He was a good man, to me, in both phases of his life. AA is missing a very good member today. I was really surprised when I first met Rodney, as I didn’t know him in Dunseith, I was even more surprised when I met him in AA. Rodney was a good man and a great story teller. His picture truly exemplifies who he was. He did have the greatest smile. The world is a lesser place with Rod’s passing. God got a good angel.
Galloping Goose how did it get its name??
Question from Larry Liere (55)  Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ
Bill Hosmer talked about the Galloping Goose which was the diesel engine that pulled
the train from Dunseith to York and back to Dunseith.  I remember as a young boy
riding the train from Devils Lake to York then changing trains at York to ride the
Galloping Goose to Rolette to visit my Grandparents Tom & Mira Leonard.  Everyone
called that diesel the Galloping Goose (people in Devils Lake, York, Rolette, Dunseith)
and I wonder why???  I remember when I would arrive in York the Galloping Goose
was already parked on a side track by the York Depot so I would have to wait a few
hours before it would leave for Rolette.  I remember two different years when I was
riding the Galloping Goose in the Fall of the year they stopped the train once or twice
to hunt ducks and we passengers would just sit and wait until the crew got done
hunting.  Some times it would be as much as a 45 minute wait.  Now I never saw the
crew shoot a Goose but they generally got ducks so I think they should have called
it the Galloping Duck.  Does anyone know why they named it the Galloping Goose??
Bill Hosmer’s story:
My Uncle Bob Hosmer told me that when he was a kid he did  things like
that in the 1920s.  He walked around the bottom row of shingles which
were on top of the wooden water tower down by the depot.  It was for
watering the steam engine which pulled the train out every morning
enroute to York, and then back in the evening.  It was pretty high as
well.  Later on we got a diesel engine on that line and we called it the
Galloping Goose”.  We grade schoolers used to ride it to Rolette for
Young Citizen League meetings as well as spelling bees, etc.  Al Mogard
was the conductor on that line for along time.  His family included
Gerald, Dean, Bob, Wayne, and Marlene (who was at Q125 with Wayne).
Gerald married Miss Evinrude who was my teacher in sixth grade during the
early 1940s.  I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world
then.  She took away a handful of marbles which spilled out of my pocket
in class, which was a NO NO. I never got them back at the end of the
school year.  So I used to tell the other kids “she was Evinrude to me”.
Sad tale.
Dedication of the 10 Commandments Tablet at the Peace Garden
Pictures from Kim Fugere Ogilvie:  Renton, WA

Hi Gary,

I thought I’d share these pictures that my Dad (Dale Fugere) took at the Dedication of the 10 Commandments Tablet at the Peace Garden in 1956.

I’m sure that was a very exciting day!!

Kim Fugere Ogilvie

Peace Garden 1952-2 Peace Garden 1952-1

Blog posted on February 18, 2008


Memories from Deb Morinville (70): 
Hi Gary,
Here’s more memories.
David Shelver’s boxer dog named Duke.  We were all so scared of him but I didn’t think he was too bad until one day our orange life jackets were hanging on the clothes line and he came over and played a game of “shred the orange things”   He totally ripped them right on the line!  I think Mr. Shelver must have replaced them because we had more the next time we went to the lake!  I also remember that we would look at the paperback books at the drug store (until Mrs. Leonard would chase us out)  But we discovered that they would eventually find their way (without covers) out to the big brick garbage bin in the alley and then we would get them for free!
Mrs. Conroy made “hasty pudding” when we were studying about the Revolutionary War.  I can’t remember how it tasted but I learned more about that war than anything else.
In jr. high Mr. Klein had us do a mock election that was between Goldwater and some Democrat.  I think Randy Flynn was the only Republican in our class.  (Hey Randy I’m now a Republican!!)
Whoever sent the picture of Billy Lawrence….thank you!  He was exactly how I remembered him.  I can still smell the smoke, grease and dirt of the blacksmith shop!
Keep sending those memories.  They really are priceless!
Deb Morinville Marmon 70
Dick Johnson’s (68) Memeroy of Mrs. Conroy: 
Gary and all DHS 

Diane Larson Sjol’s memory of Mrs. Conroy triggered my own
memories of her fourth grade class. Can anyone remember how she
taught us to do mutiplication fast? She gave us bean bags to
throw to each other and we had to yell the answer before we
caught the bean bag. I found it helped to back up and leave
lots of space! She also had what she called “art class” which
was more crafts than art. We made things for our parents like
presents, etc. One item was made by putting the front of a
Christmas card face down in a plate an then filling the plate
with “Plaster of Paris”. We put a loop of wire  in the stuff to
hang it up. When it “cured” we took it out and then painted the
front around the card and sprinkled on some sparkles and it was
ready to go. I was a bit gaudy but my mom hung it up
with “pride”. I still have this little piece of Mrs. Conroy’s
art class and although it no longer hangs on the wall, each
time I look at it, I have to smile!

Dick Johnson

Note: Having gone to Ackworth country school for all eight grades, I never had the opportunity of having Mrs. Conroy for a teacher, but with all of your positive comments from a wide range of classes, she must have been one of the all time favorites.  I know she was well liked by the class of 65 with the many comments they had with the many messages we exchanged prior to our reunion last July.  It sounds like she always taught 4th grade.  Gary Stokes (65)
Memories from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 
oh the  memories   of Lorraine are  good ones   that is  for  sure  what  a  woman . She  had  the  most  powerful voice  I think I have  ever  heard. She  would have  cousin  reunions   only  thing  was   it   was  just  cousins  she  always  invited  me  to them  saying  well u are  like  one  of the kids ,  As  u  all  know  Lyle  was   like  my brother….  he  always  introduces me  as  such.  Lorraine  was  a  good  friend  to  my Mom and  I have  many memoies  of  them talking  at the  kitchen  table.  Now  someone  talked  about  Alpine  Dion  he  was  my  Great Uncle and  ended up   living  with us   for a  while.  What   guy  he was  I remember  going  into  his  little  shoe  shop  he  had.  it  was tucked in between the  bakery and  the   red  owl  store  and  as all of  us Morinville  would   go and  visit  him  and  he  would  let  us   smell the  glue he used  to  fix  the  shoes.  the  Glue  smelled   so  good. hahaha   then  one   day  he  got a   new   bottle  in and  it  had a warning  not  to  smell  and  he  showed  it  to  us. Well  that  was  the end of  smelling  glue.  He  was a  quiet  men   and  we  all loved  him  dearly……  We  loved  going to  his  house  just  North  of  town and  seeing the  baby  chicks …  Bev
Message from Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): (Dr. Loeb, at San Haven, was her father): 

I am forwarding this on for Karen (see below). It is cute.

Bill (Grimme) 65

 Hello Bill, 

I wanted to forward this to Gary for all of us now in our 60′s, but�
can’t seem to get it to go without all of the names of my friend�
Jennifer’s distribution list.  I hope you can open it at least and have a�
good laugh!  If you can figure out how to send it on so others can see it�
as well, that would be great!

Am in Michigan til tomorrow (with my granddaughter, Fiona) and then home�
for a few days and then to Palm Springs to get out of the cold for a week.�
Oh, and a gal trip to Las Vegas to see the Cirque de Soliel “Love” show�
and the “sites”  for three days!

I hope you are enjoying your retirement.

Jim will work at least 5 more years!

Take care,

Karen Mhyre

This is funny. Make sure you have the sound on and follow the link below.
From Marshall Awalt (51):
Marshall, I’ve added who I think the last names are of the folks in the play, in Blue,  with a “?”.  Please verify if they are correct.  Gary
Hi Gary,
Speaking of plays at good old Dunseith sent me looking for my high school play book (Desperate Ambrose).I have all the characters indentified but one so hopefully someone out there can help.
Don (Hosmer?) played Dan’l
Tommy (Hagen?) played Ambrose Groves
Jimmy (?) Played Bert Miller
Norman (Haagenson?) played Sheriff Crandel
Dick (Morgan?) played Hoot Owl Pete
Marshall (Awalt?) played Stinkweed
Lois (Lilleby?) played Nancy Martin
Donna (Sunderland?) played Anne Martin
Joyce (Boardman?) played Poise
Clarice (Olson?) played Mrs Sprool
Carol (Fassett?)  played Lena
I have C.C. playing Beth can anyone jog my memory as to who is C.C.
We held the play in the old gym.I don’t remember how the play went over but Ido know we had one great time putting it on.
Here is a few things to help bring back good memories.
      Marshall, was this Class year 50-51?