Her dress style is that of respectable school teacher. She has a healthy complexion and even skin tone.
Traits & Characteristics
Calm and Practical (+)
Determined (+ -)
Spending many years as a companion and then governess as taught her to be very observant. She learns a lot about people from just watching and listening them. She is also interested in volunteering to help out worthy causes (e.g. church bazaars). She is not afraid of hard work.
She is a practical dresser and sometimes wear trousers when necessary (e.g. astride horse riding). Can ride a horse either side saddle (for which she has an appropriate riding habit) or astride.
Katherine has had to learn to do things for herself due to her circumstances. Due to this, she is sometimes a bit stubborn to accept help when someone offers it.
She can be a bit adventurous at times.
When she is nervous, she tends to blurt things out all at once.
Employer Name: Kalispell School
Position: School Teacher
Details: Teaching, mentoring
Professional Skills: Intelligent; well-read; interested in local history and teaching children the things they need to know in life e.g. good manners.
Self Defense: She will defend herself the best way she can with whatever is on hand i.e. she won't go down without a fight as she will know she at least tried to do something.
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, knitting
Aliases / Nicknames
Boarding with Pastor and Mrs. Evans
Place of Birth
Kith & Kin
Father: Adam Bowen (alive)
Mother: Elizabeth Bowen (died in 1862)
Brothers: Michael (born 1848), Charles and Timothy (twins - born 1852)
Sisters: Sarah (born 1850) and Maud (born 1855)
Aunts: Emily Simpson and Myra Jones
| 1848 - 1952 |
Born to Adam and Elizabeth Bowen. The eldest of six children. Had a happy childhood. Developed a habit for self-learning and knowledge early in life.
| 1862 to 1867 (age: 15 - 20) |
Leaves school after the death of her mother to become a companion to her widowed Aunt Emily (her mother's sister). Emily takes her in as she was the eldest daughter in order to help the family out as Katherine's father Adam was incapable of looking after all of his children. Her two younger sisters were taken in by Myra Jones (her father's sister). After five years, Emily re-marries and Katherine takes a job as governess.
Living in the North during the Civil War, she heard and read stories about it. On a few occasions she did meet some soldiers but didn't get to know them that all well. Her brother Michael, even though he wanted to go and fight was kept at home to learn a trade (as a carpenter) - for which she was very glad. Her other brothers were far too young to go to war. She did see the effect the war had on other families and friends and was thankful when it was all over.
| 1867 to 1872 (age: 20 - 25) |
Governess to a rich family. Resigns and becomes a school teacher in Avoca, Wisconsin.
| 1872 to 1875 (age: 25 - 28) |
School teacher in Avoca, Wisconsin. Wanting to see more of the country, she resigns to take up the position of teacher in Kalispell.
| 1875 (age: 28) |
Arrives in Kalispell in August.
Attended school until 15 years. Expanded her knowledge over the years due to access to her Aunt Emily's and employer's libraries.
"Mr. Thornton, I look forward to visiting your ranch soon." If they weren't in such a public place she would have liked to talk to him a bit longer.
She smiled as he tipped his hat and made her way past him. For a minute or two she browsed around the store before deciding that she had enough of shopping for the day. Besides, Thornton's presence in the store was a bit distracting and it looked like he would be there for a while. Seeing that Ruth Johnson was leaving, she decided to go with her.
Ruth, who had bought more than she had originally planned, accepted Kate's offer of help and the two of them left together.
Kate smiled. She was fifteen when she was sent to live her Aunt Emily, so she could understand the burden young Clara must be carrying her shoulders. "Well, judging by my own experience, I am sure that Miss Redmond is able to handle the responsibilities she has."
Taking a moment, Kate glanced around the store. Ruth Johnson was still at the counter but now had been joined by Mrs. Wilson. To her, both women seemed to be taking a bit interest in her conversation with Mr. Thornton. Even though she was sure they couldn't hear what they were talking about, she wondered what they were thinking. Mr. Thornton was probably well-known in the town and if he spend any more than a few minutes talking to any woman would be a cause for speculation.
Knowing that she was new in town and that she needed to build her up reputation as a respectable school teacher, it was time to end this meeting. Looking at Shade again, made her regret her decision and that puzzled her.
"If you would let me know a time and day of your choosing when I can meet Miss Redmond and your wards then that would be appreciated. In the meantime, I will get some lessons ready for her to use."
"I understand. I will be happy to visit your ranch and the children. When you are ready, you can send word to me at Pastor Evans. I am staying there until I can work out other arrangements and after I get to know the town a bit better."
Wondering about the nanny Shade had mentioned, she continued, "How many years of experience has the children's nanny had at teaching? Knowing this will help me to devise a lesson plan that she will be able to understand and one that will help the children."
"Lost Lake Ranch?" Kate paused for a moment to think. Yes, that was the ranch, Pastor Evans had mentioned with the two orphaned children.
"I understand that there are two young children living there who lost their parents recently. Pastor Evans said that he would be taking me out there in a few days to meet their guardians, as well as the parents of the children who will be attending school. I was hoping it would be sooner, but he said something about some sort of bear killing livestock and it might be dangerous to leave town at this time."
As she waited for his reply, she thought about what she had just said and realised that she might have rambled on a bit too much. Something about the man, made her slightly nervous. When she was nervous, she tended to blurt out whatever was on her mind. Smiling, she hoped he hadn't notice her faux pas.
Kate opened the door to the bank and entered. As she waited for her eyes to adjust to the room, she slowly looked around. She could see the bank teller working on something at his post and not with a customer. She was glad that there was no line today as she had a number of things to do and she didn't want to spend too much time here.
As she approached the counter, she noticed a young woman sitting on the bench. The woman was immaculately dressed in what was probably the latest fashion. Kate wasn't certain what the latest fashion was as she usually stuck to clothes that were practical for her line of work. She did have a couple of dresses that she wore to dances and on special occasions but nothing like what the woman was wearing today.
Figuring that she must belong to one of the more well-to-do ranches or homes that were around here, Kate would've had liked to find out more, especially who her dressmaker was. Knowing that she didn't have the time, she just smiled at the woman and went up to the counter.
For the next few minutes, she paid more attention to what she had come to do. When she had finished, she thanked the teller for his assistance and made her way out. As she was leaving, she once again acknowledged the woman seated on the bench with a smile.
Upon exiting, she made her way towards the schoolhouse.
Thornton? The name rang a bell. Last night, wasn't Pastor Evans telling her about some children who had become orphaned recently called Thornton? If that was the case, then this man couldn't be their father...maybe he was a relative or something else entirely. What she did know was that he was most definitely something else but what it was, she was didn't know.
"Nice to meet, Mr. Thornton. As for the bolt of fabric, I think I managed to get it loose but I do appreciate the offer."
The sound of Mr. Wilson returning from the back room made everyone turn to face the counter. "Here it is Mrs. Johnson. You're lucky as this is the last one we have in stock."
Ruth excused herself, partly grateful that Mr. Wilson had found the item she had been looking and partly disappointed that she would miss out on the rest of the conversation between Mr. Thornton and Miss Bowen.
Kate watched her go to the counter, before turning her attention back to the man standing in front of her. "My apologies, Mr. Thornton. My name is Katherine Bowen, I'm the new school teacher."
Ruth Johnson looked over to the man who appeared out of nowhere and shrugged her shoulders. "I'm not sure if she wants any assistance or not. Frankly, I have no idea why she's down there in the first place."
Kate had almost worked, the cloth free when she heard the voices. She froze, wondering how she could get herself out this situation in the most lady-like of ways.
Seeing that she had no choice but to get up, she tooked a deep breath and slowly back out from under the table, making sure she didn't bump her head. The last thing she wanted to was make this more worse than it already was.
In her determination, to get the cloth and have a good look at it, she had totally forgot that she was still new in town and needed to present the image of decorum. If the man who had spoken was a father of children who attended the school, this would not be a good first impression.
After she had cleared the table, she slowly stood up and brushed the dirt off her dress. Staring at the wall, while she did this, she tried to think of something to say. When she couldn't, she decided to just turn and face him.
Quickly glancing at Ruth, she then steered her gaze towards the man. What she saw surprised her...this was not what she was expecting. Hoping that her surprised hadn't registered on her face, she smiled apologetically. "Thank you for your offer but as you can see, I am quite fine."
A few minutes before Shade's arrival at the General Store, Kate had been discussing school supplies with the store's owner, Daniel Wilson. To her it help that Mr. Wilson was also a member of a school board and so he had at least an understanding of what was needed. They needed to get an order in very soon as it would take a month or two to arrive, depending on what freight service they used. Since it had a good chance of the last one before winter, she wanted to make sure that everything was on the list. The last thing she wanted to be short on supplies if any new children arrived.
The discussion was halted by the arrival of Ruth Johnson, a woman she had met a few days ago. Ruth was in desperate need of some food items for a dinner she was preparing for her husband's boss, Mr. Croft. Seeing that Ruth was anxious about having her first dinner party, Kate let her conduct her business.
While she was waiting, the bolts of fabric that were stacked on the table near the right wall caught her eye. Going over to the table, she saw a dark blue bolt that was at the bottom of the stack on the shelf underneath the tabletop. Grimacing, she wondered why was it that all the things she like were always at the bottom.
Knowing that Mr. Wilson was busy with Ruth, Kate decided that she would have to tried to get the bolt out herself. Bending over, she took a few bolts that were on top of the dark blue one and placed them on the floor. As she started to pick up the dark blue, she found that for some reason it was refusing to budge. Confused as to why, she got down her on knees and stuck her under the tabletop. Seeing that some of the fabric was caught on a piece of metal that had somehow lodged itself between the table and the wall, she set to work setting it free.
She became so pre-occupied with the task that she failed to notice that Ruth, while waiting for Mr. Wilson, who had gone out the back, had come over and was watching what she was doing. It was at this point, that Shade walked into the store.
She sat down and looked around. It was nearly dark, so she couldn't see much. It was a bit sad that she wasn't able to get a look at the town as she came in. Maybe in the morning, after she had rested, she would take a walk to the school so that she could start getting know her new home. No doubt, the school board would want to meet her at some point.
Then, there was the business of getting the school and her lessons ready for the children. Hopefully, the school board would be agreeable to let her start on Tuesday instead of Monday. Maybe, it would be wise to spend some time on Monday visiting families with students at the school. The children would have to have the day off but she was pretty sure that they wouldn't mind.
A noise alerted to the fact, the young boy...now what was his name...was returning. She got up, gently smoothed her skirt, and waited for the people to approach.
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