Dennis Dubois (63):
Folks, I had a nice chat with Dennis Dubois this morning. Dennis is living in Minneapolis. Dennis for sure plans to attend the reunion on May 22nd. In the course of our conversation he mentioned Mary Bott (62). I told Dennis I’d call her too, of which I did. Mary is living in Linton, ND. She is not sure if she will be able to make the reunion.
Girls Basketball question:
From Chris LaFromboise (90): Dunseith, ND.
Does anyone have a recollection of girls basketball in Dunseith? Has any team made it to the State Tournament? I am coaching the varsity girls team this year and wondered if Dunseith ever made it to state for basketball.
Reply from Vickie Metcafle (70): Bottineau, ND.
Mary Knutson and Gary,
Thanks for the photo sharing of my namesake Leona Rose (Metcalfe) Oswell. I hadn’t seen that one.
The athlete photo from the Bottineau courant paper is of Trenten James Metcalfe, son of Archie and Sally(Knutson) Metcalfe. Trenten’s maternal grandmother is Mary (Eurich) Knutson. Trenten is blessed to have known his great- grandmother Winnifred(Prichard) Eurich. And knows that his great grandmother Winnifred Pritchard and paternal Great-aunt Leona Metcalfe were life long friends!
Aunt Leona flew back to ND with her son Ron in the early 2000’s to visit. She met and knew many of her extended family.
Aunt Leona spent one day at the Eurich farm with her friend Winnifred. Later that evening, Leona told the story of a skip day many years ago in the 1930’s. She and Winnifred hiked to a nearby popular water area and spent the afternoon on the large rocks sitting comfortably, visiting lazily in the warm spring sun. Two days later at Winnifred’s graduation, Leona said, “Winnifred’s smiling face glowed like a beckon on the stage, standing out from all the other graduates.” “It was shiny red like a stop light, she had a such a sunburn and her white teeth glowed with her smile”
She was able to visit her absolutely favorite Bergan school teacher (Miss Laura Olson) Mrs. Potratz at Dunseith Senior Citizens. Leona was so full of delight at the end of that day,showing us a photo that the former teacher had kept all those many years and brought to give Leona. “Ah….” Leona glowed like a kid when she said “Miss Potratz said, I was a smart intelligent girl!”
Another afternoon was spent with another life long friend Edna (Tooke) Vandal.
Seeing Aunt Leona’s joyous animated face when remembering her fond friendships of yesteryear and telling stories, gave her son Ron and I pure pleasure! I smiled for days. It warms me now again to think of those wonderful fond and life lasting friends. Thanks again for the memories. Vickie Leona Metcalfe
Reply from Lee Struck (66): Hudson, WI.
Gary & all subscribers –
I wish to correct a comment made by Audrey Aitchison to the note on my volunteer work.
I have NOT done any work with Hope for Humanity (ADRA). I maintain a membership with Bethel Lutheran Church – ELCA – (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America).
My association – both through local chapters and in the hurricane ravaged Gulf Area of our country – has been with Habitat For Humanity. Founded by Millard & Linda Fuller in Americus, GA in 1976, Habitat For Humanity has built more than 100,000 homes world-wide.
To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary (August 29th), the Fuller family had planned an international “blitz build” of 100 houses beginning August 29th in Mr. Fuller’s home town of Lanett, GA. Unfortunately, Mr. Fuller passed away suddenly on February 5, 2009.
Following his untimely death, the plans for “the build” remained in place, but the event was re-named the 1st Annual Fuller Legacy Build. I participated in that miraculous event. On Monday morning we drove up to the job site and saw 6 cement slabs. Just before the dedication ceremony at 2 PM on Friday of that week, we were hanging kitchen cabinets, trimming the doors and installing baseboards in the painted rooms!
I was blessed to meet Mrs. Fuller, visit with her and receive her note & autograph on “The Theology Of The Hammer”, one of many books written by Mr. Fuller. She is a delightful, charming, Southern woman, living the Fuller Center motto – “Building a Better World, One House at a Time”.
The 2nd Annual Fuller Legacy Build will take place this year in Indianapolis, IN, the first week of September. To join us, please visit the Fuller Center web site at http://www.fullercenter.org/.
Go In Peace!
Serve The Lord!