Pale blue eyes. Brown hair now worn long to the shoulders. Henry decided it was easier than trying to locate a barber on his trek from New York west. Traveling by horseback across the country, a man cleans up as best he can. When in town he would certainly make use of baths and having what clothing he had washed or brushed. Long gone are the city clothes he started out in. Along the way, he replaced these things with the sturdier clothing of the frontier. Mostly nondescript. He maintains a suit of clothes appropriate for business dealings. He is quite particular in his appearance.
Traits & Characteristics
Even-tempered (+): Henry remains even-tempered, even after four years of the carnage of the war.
Slow to Anger (+): He is slow to anger, yet quick to respond in a situation where there appears to be little or choice.
Morally ambiguous about killing (-/+): He has little concern about taking life when presented with a life or death situation.
PTSD (-): He has times where he is consumed by his war experiences, what would be considered PTSD in this day and age, but not in 1875.
Henry Speed Guyer, Henry or Speed, he answers to either would not always be a mining speculator. He could be a schoolmaster, and he could easily be a gun hand or lawman. He is generally even-tempered, neither sullen or jubilant but easy going or firm depending. Not easily backed down, he would support law and order.
Wood & Guyer Mining Company New York with Nolan K. Wood.
Position: Co-Owner, receives a monthly stipend of $1,000.00 for business expenses.
Geologist. Henry is a speculator, hunting mineral deposits for Wood & Guyer Mining. Tasked with locating, negotiating and reporting to the home office.
Self Defense: Henry carries an 1872 conversion pistol, with a second pistol in his saddlebags. A Winchester repeating rifle all chambered in .44. An above average shot with either pistol or rifle. Experienced hand to hand combat. Average or better fist fighter. Henry has fought both hostile Indians and desperados in his travels.
Hobbies & Interests: Geology.
Aliases / Nicknames
Boarding Huse , Kalispell
Place of Birth
Pisgah, Bunceton, Cooper County Missouri
Kith & Kin
Father: Henry Speed Guyer, born: 15-November 1797 Death: 5 November 1854
Mother: Jane Guyer born: 15 November 1787 Death: 14 December 1863
Brother: Edward Guyer born 1817.
Sister: Margaret Guyer born1815
May 20, 1838: Born to Jane and Henry S. Guyer, the third of three children.
1840~1860: Student/clerk in the family store Guyers Mercantile, Pisgah Missouri
1844~1861: Primary , secondary and college education. Pisgah school and Kean University.
1861~1865: War Between the States. Commissioned a 1st Lieutenant Army of the Potomac, 13th Regiment New Jersey Infantry, F troop. Saw every major campaign from Antietam to Gettysburg .
1866~1869: Formed Wood and Guyer Mineral Company locating and purchasing clams.
1869: Headed west to speculate mineral deposits.
1875: Arrives in Kalispel, MT
1846 - 1858: Pisgah school
1860-1861: Kean University, Union & Hillside New Jersey (2 semesters in teaching)
1861~1865: The education of men at their best and at that their worst.
1869~1875: Life on the plains. Tracking, concealment, campsite selection and foraging. Languages Spoken: English
With the contract and the property deed in hand, Speed stepped across the street, a broad smile on his face and an excited bounce in his step. The easy part was done. There were a few things he needed to get done, furnishings for the office either needed to be purchased or built, then there was the signage, both for the building and the front window announcing Wood and Guyer Mineral Company.
That thought gave him pause, from roaming the west buying up claims, to opening the first office outside of New York City. He exhaled deeply. This was new territory for him, exciting territory that could grow into a highly profitable business.
He opened the door and stepped inside 'his' building, his office, his home, and actually looked at the place with a new set of eyes. The back room would be his office, the front would contain up to four desks, if that many were needed.
He smiled, he was suddenly a man with two offices. He had questions, so it was time to get some answers. The best place for that would be the merchantile.
Croft smiled and handed the sales contract over to Guyer, "Just take your time going through that and when you're done just sign it at the bottom."
Speed read the contract through twice, insuring he understood all of it. Not that is was lengthy, it was straight forward, to the point. Mostly an agreement on a surprisingly reasonable price. Then without hesitation, Speed signed the sales contract.
When Guyer had finished, Croft nodded, "Now all we need is the payment and I can fill in the receipt and sign it."
“Ah yes, the cash to seal the deal and I believe that is already in your vault.” Speed said with a smile. I’ll sign a withdrawal for you as well, make it easier all around, here,” He took out his pass book for the notation for the deduction.
After the transaction had been completed, Croft handed over the receipt, "Congratulations, Marshal on buying your first office here in Kalispell. If there is anything else you would like us to take care, please do not hesitate to drop in."
Speed stood, reached across and shook Croft’s hand. “Been a real pleasure doing business with you. And, looking forward, I’m sure there will be other transactions, hopefully sooner than later. Good day sir.”
On his way to the door he paused, “Good to see you Luke, my best to your bride.”
Speed bounded up on the boardwalk and entered the bank, a wide smile as he entered the office of Stanley Croft.
"Perfect!" He said.The furnishings upstairs were a surprise, but a welcome one, that's for sure. Hold down expenses. Just need desks and we're off and running." Next of course would be cost, but Speed was sure that it wouldn't be a problem, not with the regular deposits.
"Shall we get down to brass tacks then?" Speed asked.
Croft shook his head, "No need for me to go over with you while you take a look at the building. It's probably better if you take your time to make sure everything is to your liking. Hate to go through all this and find out later on that it didn't come up to scratch."
“I appreciate that Mister Croft. The point being just about anyplace would do, but having fit what I want in a place, and what I am willing to accept because getting everything one’s after just doesn’t work that way.
He pulled open one of the drawers in his desk and pulled out a set of keys, "Here you go and when you're finished just bring them back. We can talk over terms then as it will gives us some time to get the paperwork ready just in case you do want to buy. I know you're a busy man, so I don't want this to take any longer than needed either."
Speed wanted to laugh at the notion he was all that busy, truth be told, he just wasn’t. “Good. Having everything ready will be a big help, and make it easier on both of us.”
Handing the keys over to Guyer, Croft smiled, "It will be a great boon to Kalispell to have such a prestigious firm such as yours here in town."
“Well that’s what I’m hoping, and I’m sure my partner is as well. The west has a lot to offer, opportunity abounds out here, but then you of all folks’d know that. I’ll not be long., sir.”
Speed left the bank and made his way to the building in question. On closer inspection the paint was as good as new, window glass was perfect. Inside was somewhat musty, but open windows would cure that. He smiled looking over the ground floor, it was deep enough, with two rooms. That would do admirably. He mounted the stairs quickly and opened the door at the top, to find a spacious parlor, as he ventured inside he found the bedroom, which was also a bit larger than he had expected, best of all, it was fully furnished.
He bounded down the stairs, out the door, closing it without locking it as his mind was made up.
“Thanks.” Speed responded to the offer of a seat. “Well, the outside looks good, it’s the inside I’d like to see the inside if that’s possible. The upstairs especially as I plan for it to be both a business and lodging for me. We of course can discuss terms o the way over, if that agreeable.”
Speed was sure of the buildings appropriateness to fill both needs and probably then some, but he had yet to purchase anything sight unseen and certainly wasn’t about to now with company funds. “It’s company assets, the money as well as the building, you understand.”
If it met expectations, it would be a cash transaction, which Nolan would reimburse him for. "Guaranteed, Mister Croft, this will go quickly if it's what I think it is."
The bank had grown over the last few months and that in itself was a good sign, so far as growth for Kalispell was concerned. The pulse of the town could be gauged by such things, and it pointed to growth. Hopefully, he was getting in at the right time, as prices for buildings and properties would most certainly rise accordingly. Although he could most likely afford whatever price surge, getting it as low as possible was just good business.
A few minutes later, he returned to the front desk. "Mr. Croft will see you now, Marshal. Just go right on in."
“Thanks Luke, and say hello to the missus for me.” Speed replied as he stared for the office. Opening the door he stepped inside. “Mornin’ Mister Croft, I suppose Luke told you what this is all about.”
“Well now, that’s positive news, having a choice.” Speed remarked with a smile. “Being authorized by my company, I believe I will be most interested in buying the building, and presumably, the property it sits on.”
Of course Speed had taken into account that the town may hold claim to the property, but it never hurts to address one’s intentions outright. He smiled at the notion he was about to be the owner of at least a building, possibly the property which, by all accounts, meant he was setting down roots. Owning a piece of Kalispell. “So, I suppose then, it’s the boss I need to see. Thank you, Luke.”
“Whitefish seems to have a set of problems that stunts it growth alright.” Speed smiled. “Well now, I have a building in mind. The one on the south side of the dress shop next to the White Rose.” He explained. “So, I guess I’ll need to know if it’s a rental property or one that’s for sale, I can go either way.”
Which was true, though he was hoping that it was for sale as it actually appeared to fulfill all of his needs. At least for the foreseeable future. Not too large, not to small, which of course, was perfect as he did not foresee the need for a large number of employees, perhaps a secretary, male or female, it mattered not. Perhaps, some desk space, of that he could not be sure until he got under way.
"Good to hear, Luke. Well sir, I need to see the boss, unless, of course, you are handling properties. In that case, you'll do just fine," Speed stated. He had no fears on the costs, and he was sure there would be quite a few, from the building to the furnishings that it would require, both for the business and his residence. "I've a plan Luke, opening a business."
Even speaking the words sounded strange, starting a business. He had the capitol, he and Nolan had seen to that. There would be by this time a hefty sum sitting in the bank which would pay for everything including the hiring of men.
He made his way to the telegraph office and sent the wire regarding his plan, and to let Nolan know what was happening out in the west. The trip so far had netted the company mining and timber interests which at last notice was certainly paying dividends that covered his expenses and allowance.
Leaving the telegraph office, Speed looked over the street and realized that indeed, he was home. It seemed odd to call it that, even mentally, but that was how he felt about the town. It was growing, little by little, and that was good. It could use an influx of people, that would help land sales and construction as well as all the businesses that growth would touch, or create.
He headed directly to the land office to gather information on the building and, after a brief conversation about it, he learned it was owned by the bank. Meaning a visit with Mister Croft and Luke Johnson, both of which he had not seen in sometime.
He entered the bank, stood in a two person line before young Johnson. When he reached the cage he said, “Luke, how’s the bride? Anxious for the Fall festival I’d bet.”
Sagas of the WIld West is a roleplaying game set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in Montana territory. Our stories begin in 1875 and are set against the backdrop of actual historical events.Sagas was inspired by the classic television and movie westerns. Our focus is on writing, storytelling and character development.
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