Just as I had everything about ready to send today, the power went out. I’m currently running on Generator power. When the power went out I lost a lot of unsaved messages includeing the one I had ready to send. If you sent me something for posting and it’s not posted please resend it to. I’m hoping I retrieved most, but I think I’m missing a few.
Curt (59) & Denise Quillinan (63) Halvorson:
Request from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND
HI Gary
Denise Halvorson would like to be put on your daily newsletter.
Denise is class of 63 and her husband Curt is class of 59
Malnourished Philippine family given assistance by a Dunseith Member: http://garystokes.net/SponsorFilipinoFamily.aspx
Brenda Hoffman (68) asked us if we could help a needy Filipino if she sent us some money. Please click on our Website link above to see her message and pictures of the family she provided assistance too. Each of the six kids in this family wrote her thank you letters too and asked me to mail them to her. The older kids assisted the younger kids with their letters. The first letters they brought me were written in Cebuano. Knowing Brenda probably wouldn’t be able to read them, I requested they rewrite them in English of which they did. Brenda got those letters after she sent me her message posted on our Website. Gary
Reply to Mary Eruich Knutson (62) & Neola Kofoid Garbe:
From Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA
Mary, Another long lost relative? It’s almost unbelievable what this
system comes up with sometimes.

Neola, I made it to Bodo, Norway one time during the Winter. I guess it
was about 1972. I didn’t even get away from the airport as we were
taking some parts in for another broke down airplane (never did find out
what the other plane was doing there). The snow was piled up 20 to 30
feet around the airport and reminded me of home back in the younger
days. It didn’t look like a fun place in the Winter but I would like to
make it back sometime during the Summer.


Schwabe Family:
Reply from Dick Johnson: Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Sharron’s entry about the Schwabe family got interesting when she
mentioned that they lived in Renville County and in Prosperity township.
Small World! This is where my father-in-law was born and raised. I
called him to ask a few questions about the family and he knew quite a
bit of their history. The farm that Louis Schwabe rented and lived on
was just a couple miles west of his parent’s home place. He said that
there is at least one son who was not mentioned. His name was Hans and
he married a neighbor girl by the name of Ethel Douglas. Hans and Ethel
first lived at Norma, which is 15 miles south. Hans ran the Westland Oil
bulk service. They later moved into Sherwood where he worked for
Krueger’s Hardware and Ethel worked at K.R. Flem Inc.–IH dealer. My
father-in-law was the rural mail carrier out of Sherwood for many years
and also lived in town. The connection of Schwabes and Schneidermans is
also interesting. Earl Schneiderman moved from Dunseith to Sherwood and
worked for Matador Field Services in oilfield trucking. I was wondering
if Louis Schwabe moved to Dunseith and was the manager of Great Plains
Lumber? I thought it was a Schwabe or Schwab that ran the lumber yard
where the post office now sits. Gary Morgan mentioned this lumber yard
in one of his earlier entries. The large lumber yard building was sold
to Bromberg and Haas–dba, ‘B&H Lumber’– and now sits along Highway 43
just west of Carpenter Lake, on the Larry Haas farm. The Schwabe family
apparently left the Sherwood area sometime between the 1930 census and
the 1939 Turtle Mt. Star stories, where it said they lived in Dunseith.
My father-in-law said he thinks all of them left except for Hans, who
lived out his life there. Ethel is still living. My wife says they had
at least one child, a girl named Glenda, who was born in about 1947. She
graduated in ’65 from Sherwood High School.

Could the girl in the picture with Marshall and Eleanor Awalt be
Florence Schwabe? It says she would have been about 12 or 13 in 1939.
Without giving away Eleanor’s age—–she would have been about 2 or 3
years older than Eleanor and would appear about that age. Maybe Lloyd
can ask Eleanor if the name ‘Florence’ rings a bell? Thanks Gary!


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Carol LaVallie
(September 18, 1952 – February 1, 2010)

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CAROL LAVALLIE Mass of the Christian burial for Carol LaVallie, age 57 of Dunseith, was held on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Cemetery also of Dunseith. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Father Jeff Eppler S.O.L.T. Special music was provided by Troy DeCoteau, Martin Trottier and Joyce Dumont. Casket bearers were AJ LaVallie, Edward LaVallie, Derek LaVallie, Don Cameron, Don Andrews and Shelly Duboise.

Carol LaVallie, a daughter of Ernest and Cecilia (Poitra) Parisein, was born at Belcourt on September 18, 1952. She was reared and educated in the Dunseith area. On November 7, 1970 she was married to Andrew LaVallie at Belcourt. Carol worked as a cook at Dale’s Café and then managed the Café. She worked 14 years with WIC in the Dunseith area. Carol returned to school and received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Coding at Turtle Mountain Community College. Andrew passed away on May 29, 2009. Carol retired in 2009 due to ill health.

She was a member of the St. Michael’s The Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith. Carol was a member of the Jaycee’etts of Dunseith in her younger years.

Carol passed away on Monday February 1, 2010 in her home.

She is survived by sons, A.J. LaVallie and Edward LaVallie (Julie Keplin) Both of Belcourt and Derek LaVallie (Rachel Chepulis) of Dunseith; grandchildren Shakara, Shauntel, Anthony and Shalynn; her mother Cecelia Parisien of Dunseith; sisters Elizabeth (Punky) Morin of Dunseith and Brenda Winters of Grand Forks; a half brother, Charles LaRocque of Rock Lake.

Carol was preceded in death by her father, husband and a sister Mary Parisien


Reply from Kay Hildebrandt posted on our Website:

From: Kay Hildebrandt
Thank you for posting my message. I wasn’t sure you would, since I’m not an alumni. I found your site while doing google research on the Thompson family, to see if there was anything I could add to show Beaulah (Lasher) Hoaglund, who is visiting me on Friday. Beaulah is Melvina Thompson’s daughter. My grandmother was Candace Thompson, youngest daughter of Anthony and Esther Thompson. Candace stayed in Wisconsin when they moved to North Dakota, to finish school. On her way to North Dakota, to teach school, she stopped to visit her oldest sister, Clara (Thompson) Graham, who lived in Renville County, MN. Charles Torbert met her there (over a mud puddle–he was walking out to their farm, they were walking into town), was smitten, and followed her to North Dakota. They were married in Somber, ND, and returned to MN, where he farmed.

I have done extensive genealogy work, back to the 1600’s. Esther Thompson was a Julson, and those records go back to the 1600’s. Mary, you posted a picture of children in front of a hayrack. I think those are Ella (Thompson) Pritchard’s children. Ella and Joe Pritchard moved to Alberta in 1910, and farmed south of Bruce in Alberta. Joe Pritchard invented a haystacker while farming there. They were an extremely talented family.

I had the pleasure to attend the reunion that John Pritchard hosted at Lake Metigoshe a few years ago. John shared many stories and pictures of the families with me, and it’s wonderful to see that some of you are continuing those efforts.

Your blog is terrific, Gary. I’ll check it every day, hoping to find more pictures and messages about the relatives. Thank you, K



You have explained the relationships well.


I believe Joe Pritchard was a brother to William Pritchard. William/Ida’s children were Robert, Corbin, Winifred, John & Lincoln. I believe Ella Thompson Pritchard was a sister to Ida Pritchard. This would make the Robert, Corbin, Winifred, John & Lincoln Pritchard double first cousins to the kids in the picture below.




Joe and Ella (Thompson) Pritchard’s children


Reply to Lee Struck (66):

From Allen Richard (65):


to Lee Struck
Enjoy NZ! It is a wonderful place. we have friends there and we spent out 10th anniversary with them. Rotorura is lovely. You ought to see the Bay of Islands!!! I’d retire there —- if i could ever afford to retire