Stanley Elmer Palczewski

Date of Birth: August 18, 1926, Haley, ND
Address: Route 1, Box 18, Scranton, ND 58653
: Marlene Vigoren, born May 21, 1934. Married: October 4, 1952

James LaVerne Palczewski born February 27, 1953
Stanley Elmer Palczewski, Jr. born January 16, 1954
Nancy Kay Palczewski born January 20, 1955
Mark Jerome Palczewski born January 28, 1956
Ronald Ray Palczewski born May 29, 1958
Joan Darlene Palczewski born November 1, 1960
Cynthia Sue Palczewski born July 27, 1963
Kimberly Jo Palczewski born June 20, 1956
Lisa Ann Palczewski born June 20, 1968

Stanley and Marlene's Wedding 1952

Stanley and Marlene's Farm
Original Palczewski Homested

Ron, Stan Jr., Jim, and Mark

Nancy, Kim, Cindy, Joan, and Lisa

Jim, Stan Jr., Nancy, Mark, Ron, Joan, Cindy, Kim, and Lisa
Summer 2001

   Stanley and Marlene , 2001

Palczewski Memories

   I just as well start with as long as I can remember back when I was very young. My Dad and Mom told me I was born at a large house just east of Haley, ND. A lady named Mrs. Weeks delivered me there. My mother was sick when I was about four years old and my Grandmother took care of me for awhile.

   When I was about six years old, I fell off a horse when the ground was frozen hard, landed on my head and was unconscious for awhile. I had a big lump on my head, was sick for days, laid in bed at home and have never been the same ever since! When I was about eight years old, I got sick in January and had pneumonia for about three weeks, then pleurisy from coughing. Dr. Murry from Scranton came out a few times to give me medication. My Dad said he couldn’t afford to put me in the hospital. I remember I had a very high fever, didn’t really know what was going on, and had weird dreams.

   We had no electricity in those days. We had a pot belly stove that burned wood and coal and a flat top cook stove in the kitchen with a hot water reservoir in it to keep hot water.

   I went to a country school in my first four grades about one and one half miles from home and walked most of the time. Then I went to a school about four miles from home. We walked and rode horse. My brother Richard built a two wheel two horse trailer. We used it to go to school and hunt. The horses were very well trained. When they saw a rabbit, they would stop so we could shoot it.

     I attended school through 8th grade and then had to stay home to help my Dad. The other boys went off to work. Martha and I were home. She went to high school and then to nurses training.

    I remember in the fall season we hauled bundles for threshing rig. We had 5 bundle wagons most of the time. It was a lot of hard work but it was fun and made some spending money. The war came and Richard and Carl joined the Navy. I stayed home and helped my Dad and Mother. We raised cattle, about 6 milk cows, hogs and chickens. So we kind of lived off of what we produced and always had a large garden.

   I belonged to a boxing club for awhile. That was my sports entertainment. I also did a lot of hunting and trapping. Richard and I had coyote hounds and hunted coyotes. We had the hounds in back of a Model A Ford. We had fun times. It was a lot of bother taking care of the dogs. We hunted coyotes with saddle horses when the snow was deep. We shot coyotes with a shot gun from the back of a horse on the run. It was a great sport. Broke a few saddle horses and had some bad falls but it was a lot of fun.

   I met a nice girl from Buffalo, SD and made a lot of trips to Buffalo with a Mercury convertible Pontiac, then an ugly green Dodge car. We fell in love, got married, and then the kids started coming. All are nice healthy kids. I thank Marlene for doing a great job bringing up the kids and also the nice family she came from. I enjoy them very much.

   We went into the sheep business and ran my Dad’s cattle. The sheep and farming kept us going. We started building the house in 1955. As the family got larger, we built on the house. Marlene’s Uncle Lloyd helped us do carpenter work. I bought the home place from my Dad in 1964. I bought some land in SD in 1948 which was the first land that I owned. I bought the Hogley place, 520 acres in 1954.

   We got electricity on our place in 1946, then running water in 1952. Before that we ran after water with a bucket and pumped it by hand.

   My Dad and Mother left us in the middle 70s. I still miss them. One Sunday I took my mother to church. On the way she said, “Will you promise me you will never leave the church?” I said, “I will.” My Dad often said, “You should always listen to the elder.” I got to thinking about this (lot of leverage there).

   Our family was involved in 4-H, livestock, gardening, etc. We had the Haley baseball team made up of our boys and the neighbor boys. We had a pet fox for a mascot. The girls raised rabbits. Marlene raised chickens and had a few laying hens for eggs.

   We are now in the cattle business and farming. Along with this I have a small gravel business and do custom harvesting but will have to give this up and retire. It bothers me. Some day I hope to write a book of my happenings. It probably will be at least a 1,000 pages if I exaggerate a little.

   I often think of the old days when we raised horses for transportation and farming. Then the tractors came, no power steering, rough riding, and hard to operate. Now all the modern technology for our livelihood. What an interesting life span!

God’s blessing to all who read this and you will probably need them.

Stan Sr.
May 1997


Palczewski Memories

   In 1952 at the age of 26, Stan married a Norwegian, Marlene Vigoren at Buffalo, SD. We’ve been married 45 years and raised 9 children, 5 girls and 4 boys. We’re so proud of our crew. They put in 23 years of college and are using their education.

   We have lots of memories, wedding, anniversary, birthday, and picnics.

   In 1992, Stan officially named the place Tree Top Ranch. We started out with a 3 room bunk house of Richard’s and added on the house as the years went by. Now it is a 6 bedroom house.

   We had every kind of pet there was but a dog named Fred that Uncle Carl gave Mark was the greatest. Fred made stories in hunting the guys still talk about.

Marlene Palczewski
May 1997 

James LaVerne Palczewski

Date of Birth:

Jim and Ruth

Kenzie and Jaime



Jamie and Jenna

Stanley Elmer Palczewski, Jr.

Date of Birth: January 16, 1954, Hettinger, ND
Address: 3810 4th Street South, Moorhead, MN 56560, 218-236-8232
Jill Langlee. Date of Birth: June 27, 1957.
Married June 25, 1976 in Bowman, ND.

Jesse John Palczewski born September 18, 1979 in Fargo, ND
Lindsay Jo Palczewski born December 7, 1982 in Fargo ND

Family Information:
Jill and I started Budget Auto/Stan’s Auto in September of 1980. We have worked together all the time. We repair cars and buy and sell cars.

Graduated from Scranton High School in 1972
Auto Body School in Denver, Colorado 1972-73

Jesse, Jill, Lindsay, and Stan Jr.

Stan Jr. and Jill

Nancy Kay (Palczewski) Tow

Date of Birth: January 20, 1955, Hettinger, ND
Address: 404 Clearview Ct., Moorhead, MN 56560
Spouse: Roger Tow, born April 28, 1955 in Moorhead, MN. Married July 6, 1975

Adam Tow, born September 8, 1975in Moorhead, MN
Cory Tow, born May 2, 1979 in Moorhead, MN

Family Information:
     After graduating from Scranton High School, Nancy moved to Fargo-Moorhead and attended Barber School. Nancy worked at Golden Shear for 10 years. In 1988 Nancy opened her own shop, Shear Magic.
     Roger has been employed at Beverage Wholesalers for 26 years.

Roger: Golf, football, Football Fantasy.
Nancy: Gardening, walking, bird watching, rabbits, concerts, activities with Ava

Roger and Nancy

Adam Tow

Date of Birth: September 8, 1975, Moorhead, MN.
Parents: Roger and Nancy Tow
Address: 1024 11 St. South, Moorhead, MN
Spouse: Abby, born January 10, 1976

Ava, born November 3, 2000

Family Information:
Adam graduated from Moorhead High in 1997. He attended Fergas Falls College
Abby graduated from Moorhead High School. She attended Moorhead State University.

Adam's interests are golf, football, football Fantasy, cards, baseball, using the computer, and family time with Abby and Ava.
Abby's interests are photography, reading, decorating, and activities with Ava.

Minneapolis, Mexico

Adam: Dental Lab, Cardinal Window, Beverage Wholesaler.
Abby: Wedding Planner at White House in Kragness, MN


Adam, Abby, and Ava

Cory Tow

Date of Birth: May 2, 1979 in Moorhead MN
Address: 215 7th Ave. South, Moorhead MN
Parents: Roger and Nancy Tow

Graduated from Moorhead High School in 1997
Attended Moorhead State University

Worked at Beverage Wholesaler. Currently at Coca Cola Co. in Moorhead, MN

Baseball, Football, Football Fantasy, videogames, golf, bowling


Mark Jerome Palczewski

Date of Birth: January 28, 1956 in Bowman, ND
Address: 507 Division, Hardin, MT 59034

Krystal Ann Palczewski born September 2, 1986 in Hettinger, ND
Dillon Mark Palczewski born March 19, 1988 in Hettinger, ND
Brittney Dawn Palczewski born April 7, 1990 in Hettinger, ND

Attended Denver Automotive and Diesel College in Denver, CO

  Krystal, Dillon, Grandmother Vigoren,
Brittney, and Mark

Krystal, Brittney,
and Dillon



Mark Palczewski, Todd Christensen,
and Dillon Palczewski


Ronald Roy Palczewski

Date of Birth: May 29, 1958, Bowman, ND
Address: P.O. Box 658, Bowman, ND 58623
Sheila Sime born August 6, 1967 in Minot, ND. Married June 8, 1990

Kayla Beth Palczewski born August 9, 1993 in Hettinger, ND
Karly Rae born February 1, 1997 in Hettinger, ND

Family Information:
Ron’s parents are Stan and Marlene Palczewski. Ron has 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Ron’s Grandmother is Mildred Vigoren from Buffalo, SD.
Sheila’s parents are Ken and Eleanor Sime of Bowman, ND. Sheila has 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

Scranton High School 1976
UND-Williston (Associate Arts) 1976-78
UND-Grand Forks (B.S.B.A.) 1978-80
Graduate School Banking, Boulder, CO 1991-94 (summer school)

Sheila, Karly, Kayla, and Ron

Kayla & Karly Palczewski 2002

Stanley and Marleen celebrating their 50th with Ron, Sheila, Kayla, and Karly, 2002

Joan Darlene (Palczewski) Wrolstad

Date of Birth: November 1, 1960, Dickinson, ND
Address: 242 17th Ave NE, Jamestown ND 58401, e-mail
Spouse: David Charles Wrolstad, born March 7, 1959 in Moorhead, MN. Married December 14, 1985

Matthew David Wrolstad born September 29, 1989 in Jamestown, ND
Aaron Mark Wrolstad born May 21, 1992 in Jamestown, ND

Family Information:
We live in a great neighborhood, one block from Matt’s elementary school and within one half mile of the YMCA and college sports center. We are a very healthy family and keep active. We have no pets. We are active in the church and Matt’s elementary school!

Joan graduated from Scranton High School in 1979.  Graduated from North Dakota State University in 1985 with a BS degree in Hotel Motel Restaurant Management.  David graduated from Fargo North High School in 1977.  Graduated from Moorhead State University in 1981 with a BS degree in Management.  Joan continued education with a few computer courses at Jamestown College.

Family Information:
Matt will be an eighth grader in the fall. AAron will be a sixth grader in the fall. Joan is a daughter of Stanley and Marlene Palczewski. Joan has four brothers and four sisters. David is a son of Phyllis Wrolstad, Fargo, ND. David has two brothers.

Places Lived and Careers:              
David and Joan married in December 1985 and lived in Fargo until spring of 1987.  Moved to Jamestown ND where David was named branch manager of Gate City Bank.  Both children were born in Jamestown.  Joan worked at Jamestown College for 11 years.  A career move was made in March of 1999.  Moved back to Fargo. David was named Vice President Fargo Branch Manager.  David has been with Gate City for 17 years.  Joan has had to find another career, the fourth.  Worked at PRACS Institute for 2 ½ years.  Currently working at Community First Bank in the Trust Department. 

Interests, Social, & Civic:         
Joan is active in Zonta International and is the current President.  David is a member of Rotary International as has served as a President.  David is a board member of Fargo Flyers Hockey Association and a board member of Fargo Youth Hockey Organization.  Joan is busy with creating fun things for work and the boy’s sport teams.  Joan loves to tend to the summer flower gardens. 

Travel and Vacations:              
No major vacations lately.  Plan to travel to Leadville CO in August.  David will be entering the Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run.  Hope to spend time sightseeing and visiting with friends and family while there.  We had the greatest vacation in 1987 in Cozumel, Mexico; scuba diving was the highlight.  Also had vacations in Bayfield WI, Mazatlan, Las Vegas and Hawaii.  All fun and relaxing.  Hope to take the boys to Mexico in spring of 2004.

Family Memories:                    
It was just a blast growing up on the farm in SW North Dakota with nine kids in the family and a billion cousins nearby.  Never a shortage of fun things to do.  Though, we all had to work hard on the farm. I spent a lot of time over at cousin Cathy’s and she vice versa.  We were two peas in a pod.  We loved swimming in Frank’s pond, in the river, and at Haley Dam.  Jerry and Bimbo taught me how to ski.  We had a really fun trip to Pactola Dam, SD.  We loved hiking around the farms pretending to be cowboys and Indians.  We hated picking weeds in the garden.  We tolerated the chicken cleaning with the aunts.  We loved skating on the ponds and on the river. We had a great time snow mobiling around the countryside.  We had super fun family holidays with aunts, uncles and cousins.  Awesome picnics at the Haley Dam.  I thought Auntie Myrt had the best home in the country.  Loved Aunt Mary’s clothes in her RV.  Cousin Chris was so cute…Cathy, Chris and I were the kissing cousins, class of 1979!  We had fun times at wedding dances and Ludlow dances – wow, we could jitterbug!  We now laugh at Dennis and Mark’s antics- rotten eggs, fires, truck mishaps, parties.  Stan Jr had the grooviest purple van in the country-purple shag and pretty ladies on the table!  Dorothy was the best CCD teacher!  Loved all the animals and pets we had throughout the years.  The farm is the greatest!  Ask Matt and Aaron!

Matthew, David, Aaron, and Joan
                                                                                             Matthew and Aaron

Cynthia S. (Palczewski) Dobbs

Date of Birth: July 27, 1963 in Hettinger, ND
Address: 1320 11th Ave. South, Moorhead, MN 56560, e-mail
Boyfriend (Cindy's) - Andrea has too many to submit:
Don LeClair. Born in Sisseton, SD.
Hometown is Browns Valley, MN. Address is 8515 Jewel lake Rd #19, Anchorage, AK 99502

Andrea E. Dobbs born December 12, 1987 in Fargo, ND

Two Cats: Frisky and Rizzo

Scranton High School  K-12
National American University, Rapid City, SD 1981-1985.
Business Administration – Bachelor Degree, Computer Associates Minor
Inducted into the NAU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001

Places Lived & Careers:
Attended College in Rapid City, SD 1981-1985
Moved to Fargo 1986 –1990
Bought house in Moorhead, MN 1991
Have lived in Moorhead since 1991

Weather Modification, Inc., Accounting Manager, 1993 – Current
Wimmer’s Jewelry 1990-1992, Accountant
Haugen, Johnson & Mohagen Accounting Firm 1988-1990
Lanier Law Office 1986-1988, Bookkeeper

Reading, cooking, baking, exercising, gardening, golfing once in a while,
watching sports and attending Andrea’s sports as she grows up.
Basketball, soccer, track. Hanging out with friends. Going to the lakes.

Travel and Vacations:
Arizona  1999, 2001
Disney World 1993, 2003
Las Vegas  2002 (Andrea)
Alaska  2002, 2003 (Cindy)
Rapid City 1987-2002

Family Memories:
Family gatherings where the cousins would play games like tv tag, red rover, tug a war, etc.
4th of July at the Bowman Haley Dam was always one of my favorites.  Fried chicken, potato salad,
camping and swimming.  Now I truly believe that home raised chickens were worth it – can’t find
anything like it these days in the stores.  I will never forget how to clean a gizzard!!
Going to Grandma’s.  Having fun with my cousins. Riding four wheeler.

Cindy and Andrea
     Cindy fishing in Alaska
                                                                               Don, Halibut fishing in Alaska

Kimberly Jo (Palczewski) Jore

Date of Birth: June 20, 1965 in Hettinger, ND
Address: 711 Broadway #19, Fargo, ND 58102, 701-293-6419
: Bradley Thomas Jore born June 27, 1958 in Fargo, ND. Married June 13, 1992

Family Information
: 2 year old cat named Bogart Harrison Jore

Kim - North Dakota State University for 2 years, Art major.
Black Hills Beauty College, Rapid City, SD
Brad - North Dakota State University and Moorhead State University, Accounting and Engineering

Kim and Brad

Lisa Ann (Palczewski) Christensen

Date of Birth: June 20, 1968 in Hettinger, ND
Address: 3633 Margaret Court Rapid City, SD 57702
Spouse: Todd Kenneth Christensen born February 8, 1965 in Hettinger, ND. Married: June 14, 1991

Ezekial (Zeek) Christensen Golden Retriever 03-20-1994 & Special (Ed) Christensen Black Cat 1987

Family Information:    
   Todd's parents Kenneth and Doreen reside in Rapid City, SD, and also have a home in Sun City West, Arizona. Todd's brother Randy and family lives in Dickinson, brother Tim and family lives in Rapid City. 
   Todd and Lisa met in college at Black Hills State University. They married on June 14, 1991 and moved to Lead, SD where Lisa started a job as program director at the YMCA. Todd worked at Black Hills Special Services as Special Education Teacher. Todd and Lisa moved to Rapid City in 1995. Lisa took a job as a chiropractic assistant. She is still employed in the chiropractic field but now as an office manager for Dr. Burns. Todd ended his employment of 17 years with Black Hills Special Services in 2001 when he accepted a position as Special Services Program Director of Rapid City Area School District.
   Also part of the family are Zeek, golden retriever, who is nine years old, and Sig, the cat.
   Todd and Lisa enjoy walking Zeek on a daily basis, actually two times daily. Weekends are usually spent relaxing, going to movies, going to the mall, and catching up on laundry and housecleaning during the winter months. Weekends in the summer are spent camping in the Black Hills. Todd has a lot of extra time in the summer and can be found at Arrowhead Country Club golfing. Lisa enjoys exercising and always has a race to train for. Most recently Deadwood Mickleson Trail Marathon.

Lisa graduated from Scranton High School in 1986
Graduated from Black Hills State University 1991, Bachelors of Science Degree in Wellness Management

Most recent vacation was Las Vegas in 2002. Upcoming plans to go to Arizona for Christmas 2003.


Todd, Lisa, and Zeek 2002


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