responsible to try to find the owner, Hanson entered the world
of the Internet to explore locations for the mailer’s lone
name: Bob Lasater.
produced no ‘who’ by that name in either Montana or South
Dakota. However, Milt’s mother, Fern Hanson, now of
Fairview, had grown up near Ekalaka. She just might recall the
family name that might provide the means of finding Bob
did recall hearing that last name. So Milt searched again the Anywho.com
in Montana and with a phone call, learned he had found Bob’s
cousin, Albert Lasater living in Ryegate, Mont. This cousin
pointed him toward Dickinson.
produced the right ‘who’ living near Bismarck, N.D.
phone call to Bob and wait.
this a telemarketing phone call?
of course not! Milt hastened to introduce himself as well as
his location in Arnegard, N.D. As a keeper of history in the
old school now working as a year-round bed and breakfast, he
had found a box that well might have been a Lost & Found
this 40-year-old mailer with photos belong to Bob Lasater?
What could be the connection of the Old School Bed &
Breakfast attic to Bob Lasater?
Bob had lived about one mile away, along Highway 85 in the old
Peterson place between Arnegard and Watford City, while Bob
taught Industrial Arts for three years from 1963 to 1966 at
Watford City High School in addition to coaching basketball,
track and assisting with football.
Bob’s wife, had taught at several rural schools in McKenzie
County, and the last year in the community she taught first
grade at Mandaree.
for 41 years Janice had reminded him that it was Janice’s
most precious belongings that had been stored in a top dresser
drawer and were lost as the family moved from the old Peterson
place to Dickinson in the spring of 1966. The contents of the
drawer below had been blown out by the wind of travel, too.
told me that my news of these photos put the gleam back in his
wife’s eye, because for 40 years she has been extremely
unhappy about the loss of them," says Hanson.
Lasaters agreed to visit Milt Hanson on April 19, 2007 to see
what pictures were stored in the mailer bearing Bob
I’m so thankful to get these," says Janice (Harrington)
Lasater, immediately recognizing her cousin’s 1958 high
school graduation photo that had previously been their
grandmother’s. "The photos are mostly of my cousin, Bob
C. Bryan, who is now about 69 years old, with a July 1
hands shook with joy as she held a photo of the young cousin
Bobby, somewhere around age 8, standing beside his mother.
1966 Janice had called Bobby to report this loss of precious
one-of-a-kind photos. This was very sad news for the young man
who was orphaned at an early age.
husband, Bob says he never would have recognized or known who
was in the photos had his wife not come along to look at them.
still missing a few other items I recall storing in the
drawer, like our son Bobby’s picture in a roll, a six-inch
long metal case with print asking, Where are my buttons?,
an old pair of gold wire-rimmed glasses, three gold rings
without the stone sets and embroidered pillowcases with lace
edging. The metal case housed my collection of five or six
miniature knives, one of which had an ivory handle."
are to call Bob Bryan, the cousin, and inform him that the
lost has been found and he will be receiving the handful of
cousin, now a machinist, lives in Big Timber, Mont. and owns
Shiloh Sharps, making and selling exact replicas of a
well-known brand name of Buffalo guns.
lost is now found and a sad spot in the past will soon be
restored to joy for at least two families.
"I was sure
someone would want those photos," Hanson concludes.
"I’m glad to be able to return something that was