Fort Seward, Inc. Covered Wagon Train pulled by draft horse
 


Coffee on the fire

We'll share another cup with you friend,
at another campfire,
at another time,
in another place.

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Fort Seward, Inc. Covered Wagon Train since 1969Missing From The Campfire

In memory of those missing from the campfire. Our Thoughts and Heartfelt Sympathy goes to family and friends of these wonderful folks that are Missing from the Campfire.

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Evelyn KluversEvelyn Kluvers, 93, formally of Litchville, ND, passed away on Friday Sept. 8, 2017. Evelyn was a farmers wife, church pianist, and piano Teacher to 100's of students during her life time. She had often been a visitor to our past wagon train campfires. This is because her son Rodney, and daughter-in-law Sharon, have been involved with the Ft. Seward Wagon Train for many years, and both serve on the Ft. Seward board of directors. Our sincere thoughts and prayers goes to the Kluvers family for their loss of this loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.

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Don WilliamsDon Williams, 91, formally of Cleveland, ND, passed away on Monday July 17, 2017. Don was a Army veteran, having served in Okinawa and the Philippines. He too, along with his wife Ester had often been visitors to our past wagon train campfires. This is because their daughter Sharon Kluvers and son-in-law Rodney Kluvers, both serve on the Ft. Seward board of directors. Our thoughts and prayers goes to the Williams and Kluvers family for their loss of this loving Father, Granddad, and Great-Granddad.

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Earl GriseEarl Grise, 98, formally of Leeds, ND, passed away on Saturday May 27, 2017. Earl was a WW II veteran, and he and his wife Elaine had often been visitors to our past wagon train campfires. This is because their daughter Mary Ann Kaiser is our wagon train Registrar, and their son-in-law Curt Kaiser, serve on the Ft. Seward board of directors. Also his Granddaughters Kelsey Naze and Lacey Kaiser have also served as wagon train staff members. Our thoughts and prayers goes to the Grise and Kaiser family for their loss of this loving Father, Granddad, and Great-Granddad.

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Joanne LorenzJoanne Lorenz, passed away unexpectedly on November 21, 2015, at the age of 61 yrs. As an RN, Joanne had served as our First Aid person for our 1994 wagon train. She also had experience with catering meals. Because of that experience, since 1996 through 2015, Joanne had also shared her menu planning and cooking talents as our annual wagon train Head Cook. One of our favorite memories of her, is watching her churn butter in a large hand crank butter churn that she used to provide homemade butter for our annual wagon train. She was one special lady that was a joy to know! Her passing is heart felt by Fort Seward, Inc., and our heart felt sympathy goes to her husband Don, her children and grandchildren. Click Here for her obit.

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Mary Faith YoungMary Faith Young, we were so saddened to hear of the passing of this great woman! May 28, 1920 - November 14, 2015. Mary was very active in her community of Jamestown, ND. On the wagon train she was a founder/board member for several of our earlier years, a wagon train historian, and also serve as a wagon train Head Cook for many years. As Head Cook, Mary would plan her menu around the kinds of foods early pioneer families would eat. And her menu included sour dough pancakes that was from sour dough starter that had been kept going in her family for over 33 years. One of her most famous wagon train tips were: "Keep the firewood dry!" Our Sincere Sympathy and Prayers go to her family and all those who knew this special lady. Click Here for her obit.

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Bill KrugerBill Kruger, this man served for several years as a volunteer on our wagon train Convoy Crew. Most of us were more familiar with his bearded face, that he usually wore during his wagon train years. He passed away on April 17, 2015 at the age of 83 years. He was a long time horseman, with a fun loving wit that keep many of wondering if he was kidding or serious at times, so he had us laughing a lot. Our thoughts/prayers and sincere sympathy goes to Bill's family and friends. Click Here for his obit.

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Jean MillerJean Miller, this special lady was a long time member of our Ft. Seward support team. She passed away at 95, Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Sheyenne Care Center, at Valley City, ND. Often times her husband Bevo and her children were a part of the wagon trains support personal. Jean served a number of years on the board of directors on our wagon train. During the wagon train, she served as the Historian, Craft Director, Quilt Contest Director, Quilter, and on the Convoy Crew. Our thoughts/prayers and sincere sympathy goes to the family and friends of this hard working, knowledgable, loving woman. Click Here for her obit.

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Grace MitchellGrace Mitchell, this lovely lady passed away of natural causes at age 89, on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Grace, her husband Happy were married for 69 yrs, and they and several of their family members have attended several of our wagon train adventures. They even celebrated one of their special Anniversaries on the wagon train. Our thoughts/prayers and sincere sympathy goes to the family and friends of this lovely woman. Click Here for her obit.

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Barbara HollowayBarbara Holloway, 66, of TX, passed away on Monday December 12, 2011, from heart failure after a surgery. Barbara and her husband Bob attended a some of our wagon train adventures in the 90's with other family members and friends. Our thoughts/prayers and sincere sympathy goes to the family and friends of this hard working, loving, and caring woman.

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Shaun GlinzShaun Glinz, 43, of Jamestown, ND, passed away on Friday December 2, 2011. Shaun is the son of our 2011 board member Barbara and her husband David. Shaun and his wife Julene were often on our annual covered wagon trains. Shaun assisted the wagon train in several ways. Our thoughts/prayers and sincere sympathy goes to his wife, three children, and the Glinz family for their loss of this good man. View Obit

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Elaine GriseElaine Grise, 83, of Leeds, ND, passed away on Saturday December 11, 2010. Elaine and her husband Earl have been visitors to our past wagon train campfires. This is because their daughter Mary Ann Kaiser is our wagon train Registrar, and their son-in-law Curt Kaiser, serves on the Ft. Seward board of directors. Our prayers and sincere sympathy goes to the Grise and Kaiser family for their loss of loving wife, mother and grandmother.

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Mozelle Cope, 91, Alton, IA, passed away on August 14, 2010. Mozelle and her husband Dwight had been visitors to our past wagon train campfires. This is because their daughter and son-in-law, Sharilyn and Don Been have been long time volunteer staff members of our annual covered wagon train. Our sincere sympathy and prayers goes to the Beem and Cope families, for their loss of this good woman.

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Lois Smedshammer, 77, Litchville, ND, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2010. Lois, as a former ambulance EMT, had volunteered being our first aid person on a past wagon train. Our sincere sympathy and prayers goes to the Smedshammer family, friends, and all who will be missing this good gal.

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Fred SchulerFred Schuler, 101, Jamestown, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Ave Maria Village in Jamestown. Fred served as a very valued covered wagon "Teamster" several times during the 1970's and 1980's on the Fort Seward wagon train. During more recent years, he was often brought out to the wagon train evening campfires by his daughter Phyllis. Our sincere sympathy to his daughter, other family members, and friends. He will be missed at our campfires in this life....

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Marlin LivingstonMarlin Livingston, 64, Robinson, North Dakota, passed away near his home on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Marlin served as a very valued covered wagon "Teamster" the last couple years on the Fort Seward wagon train. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, driving and restoring antique tractors, story telling and spending time with his friends and family. Our wagon train became a favorite highlight to Marlin's yearly adventures, he enjoyed the people and handling a team of horses. Our heart felt sympathy goes to his wife Joy and their family and friends. It's never easy to lose another good man...we will miss having him at our campfires....

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Mavis PresserMavis Presser , 65, Jamestown, North Dakota, passed away on Saturday morning, July 12, 2008, due to health problems. Mavis served as "Head Cook" for four years on the Fort Seward wagon train. She made sure that many a hungry modern pioneer was well fed during those treks! She was also in business with her husband, both did many appreciated things to help the wagon train keep going, and Mavis was a Girl Scout Leader. Our heart felt sympathy goes to her husband Leon and their family and friends. It's never easy to let another good person...go away from the campfire....

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Virgil KramlichVirgil Kramlich, 63, Medina, North Dakota passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008, due to health problems. He and his wife Phyllis, had retired in February from a very successful business, located in Medina, ND, including meat sales, bakery, and greenhouse. Having customers from all over the state and out of state. They made many good friends during their time in business, and on the wagon train also.

Virgil's wife Phyllis, served as the wagon train's "Head Cook" back in the 90's for a few years, and Virgil served along with her as "Assistant Cook". Many past wagon train participants appreciated the planning and hard work put into their hearty meals. Our Sincere Sympathy to Phyllis his wife, his family, and their many friends who will miss him.

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Howard WolfHoward Wolf, Ypsilanti, ND, passed away at age 67, Thursday, January 24, 2008 at his home. He was going to leave that same day to head out to the Denver Livestock Show to compete with his Champion team of dapple grey Percherons in the Draft Horse Pulling Competition, but didn't wake up from his sleep. Funeral Monday, Jan. 28th, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Jamestown, ND.

Howard and his wife Carolgene had served in the late 70's and 80's on the Fort Seward, Inc. board, their combined efforts to help keep the wagon wheels rolling were very appreciated. Howard also was one of our wagon train Teamsters for several wagon trains, he was a good and caring horsemen. Our Sympathy to Howard's wife, his family, and all those who will miss him.

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Michael (Mike) J. Mashek, Wyndmere, ND, passed away at age 46, Friday, February 3, 2006 at his home. The funeral mass was held on Monday, Feb. 6th, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Wyndmere, ND. Mike had been one of our wagon train Teamsters for several years and loved the wagon train, as many of us do. Our Sympathy to all those who will miss Mike.

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Barbara Miller, passed away in Sept. 2003. Barbara and her husband Gordon have been participants of the Fort Seward, Inc. wagon train for at least three of our treks. Our Sympathy to all those who loved and will miss this fine "modern pioneer" lady.

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David Young, passed away in May. 2003, due to ill health. David served on the Fort Seward, Inc. board for several years in the 70's, also serving two years as President. His dedication and hard work during Fort Seward, Inc. early years, helped the wagon train off to a good start. David's mother, Mary Faith Young, served as Head Cook for several years. And David's father, Ernest Young, was wagon train Ramrod. Both of David's parents were faithful board members, just as David was. Our Sympathy to all those who loved this good man, who is "missing from the campfire".

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Richard Wetzel, 79, passed away Feb. 25, 2003, due to failing health. Richard was also remembered as "Doc" by many of our trail riders from the late 1980's. As a Red Cross instructor with background of being on a volunteer Ambulance Squad and Fire Department member. Richard also volunteered a few years as our wagon train First Aid person. As a part of his "healing", Richard always had a joke ready to share with his many "patients", who came to him for treatment of blisters, insect bites, and other minor ouches. We were very thankful for having this talented man on the Fort Seward, Inc. wagon train, the years that he was able to do so.

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