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Aurelian Redmond

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About Aurelian Redmond

  • Redmond Homestead

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  • Role
    Main Character
  • Playby
    Tim Olyphant
  • Full Name
    Aurelian Julius Redmond
  • Goes By
    Aurelian
  • Profession
    Homesteader
  • Position
    Owner
  • Birth Date
    05/14/1836
  • Status
    Widower
  • Height
    5' 11"
  • Hair Color
    Dark Brown
  • Eye Color
    Brown

Physical Description

aredmond-250.jpgAurelian is just over medium height, lean and muscular in build. He has dark brown hair, just a touch of greying on the sideburns if you look closely enough. His eyes are also deep brown. Due to the fact that homesteading is labor intensive work, he tends to wear plain, durable clothing.

Traits & Characteristics

  • Sober minded, firm  (+)
  • Devoted to his family (+)
  • Driven to succeed, stubborn in his ways (+/-)
  • Brave, when young to the point of being almost foolhardy (+/-)
  • Upright, no tolerance for outlaws, troublemakers (+/-)

General Personality

Aurelian, at a first meeting, seems a very even tempered, mild mannered, solemn sort. He speaks calmly in a matter of fact tone of voice. His smile, when he chooses to use it, is genuine. One can tell he is educated given his vocabulary and knowledge of a wide variety of subjects.

However if he does become angry and or gets into a fight, the look on his face changes. He has a tightly controlled anger that is dangerous for those he might unleash it upon. Violence is not his first choice but make no mistake about, he is perfectly capable of using it including killing. His military experience included more than enough killing.

Around his children, he is patient but expects obedience and proper behavior. Anyone who watches the three of them interact would soon realize they are a close knit loving family.

Employment

Redmond Homestead

Owner

Kalispell, Montana Territory

Professional Skills

Ex-soldier in the cavalry. Knows weapons, horses, learned farming from his uncle prior to the war.

Expertise

Self Defense

He can shoot, he owns two rifles and two pistols as his personal arsenal.

While he has been in his share of fisticuffs and brawls, mostly in his wilder young days, he would prefer not to engage in such things anymore. If involved though, he could at least acquit himself reasonably well.

Hobbies & Interests

Too busy for such foolishness as hobbies. His interests are making his homestead a success and seeing to it his children have a decent life.

Aliases / Nicknames

N/A

Residense(s)

Redmond Homestead

2 miles outside of Kalispell, Montana Territory

Kith & Kin

| FAMILY |

Spouse / Partner

Kathleen Redmond (deceased 1874)

Children

Clara - First born, age 15.

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Wyatt - Age 11.

wyatt-bio1.jpg

 

Catherine (deceased, 1874, a. 3 months)

Father

Julius Redmond (They are no longer in touch by mutual consent)
Mother

Susan Redmond (They are no longer in touch by mutual consent)
Sister(s)

Juliana Redmond (Younger sister, no longer in touch)
Other Family

Uncle Ramsey (Took in Aurelian when he was in his late teens until the war, taught him farming) Deceased.

| NON-FAMILIAL CONNECTIONS |

Friends

TBD in game play

Foes

TBD in game play

Life Events

| 1836 |

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Julius and Susan Redmond. It was a difficult birth, perhaps foretelling the often contentious relationship between parents and son. Aurelian was named after a famous Roman emperor, even as his father had been named after an illustrious historical Roman too. Julius was a successful businessman in town and always planned his son would follow him to take over the business someday. Once old enough to be aware of such things, young Aurelian had other ideas. There were probably many causes and blame to go around, but Aury was quite - first a scamp and then later a rebel. Julius was stern even severe and did not hesitate to use a riding crop on his defiant son. It didn't work.

| 1851 |

Aurelian had a serious run-in with the law, it seemed he was charged with stealing a horse which he adamantly denied to little avail. Even his father did nothing to help him as their relationship was already poisonous enough. Fortunately being 15 years of age probably saved him a harsh fate but he ended up serving three months in jail and owing the horse's original owner for the cost of the animal as it had been injured during the so-called theft and was put down. His father would not give him a penny. That's when his Uncle Ramsey stepped into the picture. He took in the lad and put him to work on his farm. Uncle Ramsey could be firm in his expectations too, but he also was much kinder in his outlook on bringing up a boy. Aurelian got along so much better with Ramsey, and his behavior settled down.

| 1859 |

Aurelian was working in a local racing stable in the horse barn when he met Kathleen Bevins at an event at the local race track. They danced into the night and hit it off splendidly. After a short courtship, they were married later in the year, Aurelian's parents were not even invited and probably wouldn't have come anyhow.

| 1860 |

Late that year the couple welcomed into the world their first child, a baby girl who they named Clara.

| 1861 |

The Civil War began and in a burst of patriotic enthusiasm a rash Aurelian volunteered for the service. He enlisted in a cavalry unit due to his experience with horses. He found himself a trooper in the 6th Volunteers Regiment or Rush's Lancers, the only unit in the war to carry lances. Later in the war, they were issued Sharp's carbines, much more practical.

Aurelian participated in several skirmishes, his own opinion was the lance was useless but orders were orders. He was promoted to corporal in 1862 then to sergeant in 1863.

| 1863 |

A most memorable year for the young soldier and family man, during the Gettysburg campaign he was fortunate enough to be rewarded for his good service by a quick leave to visit his wife and little girl. It was but a single day (and night) before he had to head back to his unit, but nine months later Kathleen gave birth to a baby boy, Wyatt. Then soon after at the Battle of Brandy Station, Aurelian took part in what even many Confederate foes claimed was 'the most brilliant and glorious charge of the whole war,' his 6th Regiment suffering the single heaviest losses amongst cavalry in any single engagement of the war. Aurelian was both brave and lucky. He was nominated by his company commander for the Congressional Medal of Honor and survived two light wounds.

| 1865 |

By the time the war was over the 6th had been amalgamated with other units into the 2nd Provisional Regiment and was then mustered out late that year in Kentucky. His war was over, and he was heartily sick of it too.

| 1867 |

A rather subdued Aurelian now settled down to make a livelihood for his family of four. Uncle Ramsey passed away, just dropped dead out in his fields one hot summer day. He left the place to Aurelian, so the family moved in.

| 1870 |

Scranton had changed rapidly after the Civil War, growing into a full-size city and gobbling up the former farms on the outskirts. Aurelian was convinced to sell even Kathleen approved, they had been scraping by, but it had not been prosperous for the work put into it. 

| 1871 |

For a time they lived with Kathleen's ailing mother as she could no longer manage alone. Aurelian had difficulty finding any decent work, it wasn't easy for the family, and it galled him fiercely. To top it off Kathleen gave birth to their third child, another girl named Catherine. Another mouth to feed however dearly loved. Sadly though the baby was never really healthy like their first two offspring and the poor little girl died a few months later. Kathleen especially was distraught.

| 1872 |

Late in the summer, Kathleen's mother passed on, and since the property was next to worthless with a small rundown house, they hung around long enough to sell it for what they could get then made the momentous decision to go out to the western frontier. The land was available out there, an ambitious man could take advantage of the Homestead Act and carve himself out a decent sized plot of land. 

| 1873 |

The family utilized the railroads to take them west to Chicago then up into Minnesota where they stayed for a short time, but Aurelian had heard good things about Montana. It was a beautiful country there and more choice land available there than even Minnesota. So on they went further west. Seems no one told them about Indian trouble though. Not quite true, Clara, voracious reader that she was, had read of it in the papers when she could get a hold of one. Supposedly though there was a gold rush going on too and most were certain the government would have to protect the flood of prospectors swarming there.

| 1874 |

Montana was truly as scenic as they had been told. Clara sourly pointed out the winters would be hard, but Aurelian liked what he saw. Less civilization to him meant more freedom. Sure enough, they found a section of land they believed would be perfect, close to water, soil seemed rich and fertile. Aurelian put in a claim, paid his $18, and commenced to work on a place to live. That's when disaster struck. One early afternoon, they were hit by Indians. Later some told Aurelian they had been lucky it wasn't even a full war party but just a few young bucks looking for trouble and an easy target. Aurelian did not agree. It was all over in minutes really. Kathleen was washing some clothing at the nearby creek along with Clara. Wyatt was helping Aurelian with the roof. The Indians came at them from more than direction, and Aurelian no sooner spotted three braves coming at the unfinished cabin but heard screams from the creek. He and Wyatt scrambled down, a few shots missing them both until he reached for his rifle. He dropped one Indian, and the other two retreated. Then he raced for the creek, Wyatt in his wake trying to keep up. He found Kathleen first. She was dead, an arrow deeply embedded in her back. She was lying upon Clara who was moaning and also wounded. Another arrow had impacted just below her right collarbone, also a deep wound but not a fatal one. So far. Aurelian had no choice, he had to get help for his daughter, so he loaded up the wagon with her and his wife's body, hitched the team and headed for the nearby community. There was a doctor there and fortunately a good one. Clara lived. Once she could, Clara told of how her mother had shielded her with her own body after she had been hit by the first arrow. Aurelian knew that was his Kathleen alright. To add to his grief, later when he returned to his homestead, everything was either burnt to ashes or stolen, the Indians must have come back. Clara took a month to heal, battling an infection but stubbornly (for that was Clara) pulling thru. They left for someplace else in Montana then.

| 1875 |

Kalispell wasn't big, but it seemed nice enough. Plus Aurelian was a desperate man now, without his wife but with two children who depended on him, he had to find them a place to live. That is when he met Lloyd Sidwell and his wife. Sidwell was another homesteader, but he was in the act of leaving his place. He said his wife wanted to go back East but pointed out they already had a cabin constructed on their land. Aurelian paid him virtually the last of his money for that land. The man took him out there and indeed he had been telling the truth. It was actually a fine construction job too, better than he could have done, Aurelian grudgingly had to admit. 

He now had a roof over the heads of his family. It was enough for the time being. They couldn't give up, Kathleen wouldn't want that. It was time to make this place their home, no more moving. Come hell or high water, they were staying.

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Recent Posts

  1. Aurelian Redmond
    ooc:  I don't know what else to add here for my part. Aurelian is content they're departing and shouting something further out would just be provocative on his part, which he definitely does not want to do.  🙂
  2. Aurelian Redmond
    The one cowpoke stood up in his stirrups slightly and called, "Looky, mister, we're gettin' rid of the cows! All right? They didn't do nothin' to your place this time!"
     
    "That's true. This time. I'm not stopping you, am I. I don't want any trouble, it's you folks who always end up on my land not the other way around," Aurelian called back.
     
    The second cowboy now moved close enough to his pard and they were saying something in low enough tones Aurelian had no idea what it was. The second one also had one hand on his gun belt which meant it was very close to the gun - if he was considering pulling it.  Aurelian decided he'd drop that one first, then dive for cover, reload and worry about the other more talkative one.
     
    Hopefully it would not come to that. But it was impossible to forget that one of the Evergreen crew once tried to shoot Clara who had been unarmed, hanging up clothing, and chatting with another Evergreen hand. Bushwhacking cowards.
    @Bailey  @boshmi
     
  3. Aurelian Redmond
    At least neither of the cowboys made any aggressive moves. He had little doubt he could drop one with his single shot breechloader Sharps carbine  but then he'd have to scramble for cover to reload and the other cowboy more than likely had a six shooter revolver at least.
     
    ooc: It's not a shotgun, here is a pic of Clara holding it 🙂

     
    "Don't you worry about it, sodbuster," the one cowboy called out, "That ol' cow won't hurt your fields."
     
    "Like hell! I've had my crops trampled and my daughter had damage more than once to her vegetable garden right behind the house," Aurelian called back, his temper rising. It wasn't really the damage he was sore about, it was the past incidents between Clara and some of the Evergreen hands.
     
    The speaker got the cow moving toward the other man, trusting the newer hand's supposed cattle experience to get the cow the rest of the way off Redmond land. He had to turn his back on Aurelian for a moment, and it felt like the farmer was aiming at his back the whole time. Then he turned back around and called, "Cows'll be cows, you know."
     
    "That they will but don't mean I gotta tolerate my property damaged," Aurelian pointed out.
     
    @Bailey @boshmi
     
  4. Aurelian Redmond
    There was a cow, no doubt having broken away from the main herd. Cattle could be like on occasion, herd animals or not. Aurelian understood it but didn't mean he had to like it. Not if some of the huge beasts trampled his garden plots.  And coming after the cow were two mounted men, Evergreen cowpokes given the direction they were coming from. Aurelian did not like the Evergreen ranch nor it's owner Steelgrave. Some of the Evergreen hands were little more than thugs. Not once but three times his daughter, Clara, got entangled with a few of them, never with good outcomes.
     
    "If that cow is yours, come on and get it then! Before it tramples my fields or garden," he called out and then kept a very close eye on them just in case one or the other went for a gun. He wouldn't put it past them.
  5. Aurelian Redmond
    Aurelian had been out in the barn when he heard that oh so familiar and unwanted sound of some cattle mooing away and close enough that he guessed the animals were on his land. It happened, far too often in his opinion. But obviously cows didn't care much about the human complexities of property lines. Problem was the big animals on occasion got as far as into the crop fields or back garden.
     
    Even more disturbing though was the behavior of men not cows. A few times his beloved daughter, Clara, had  run into some unsettling  situations with the Evergreen hands.  Aurelian had no love for the Steelgraves and frankly some of his men were more thugs than cowhands in his view.
     
    So given all that, the farmer reached for his rifle always kept close to him (just in case of Indians if nothing else) and headed out the barn toward the noises. At least Clara was not about to be harrassed (actually worse) and he was not about to wake up Wyatt who was sleeping in the farmhouse.
     
    It wasn't a long walk at all and there were two riders in the distance with a few cows too. Aurelian came to a halt and tensed, he did not raise his rifle (a Sharp's carbine) as he did not want any trouble but at the same time, he thought it prudent to thumb back the hammer on the weapon, the self same firearm he had used as a cavalryman in the Union army during the late unpleasantness. Yes, it was a single shot weapon but he was a fine shot with it and had used it before with grim efficiency.
     
    (Hope this works?)
  6. Aurelian Redmond
    Fortunately rather than being insulted the woman saw the humor in the boy's innocent offer, Aurelian was relieved to see.
     
    "It's quite all right. He's not the only one. I will admit to having snuck out onto the roof of my boarding school one night, intending to sleep under the stars. But the shingles were too hard, and I was worried I might fall off in my sleep!"  
     
    "They got boarding schools too?" Wyatt only knew about boarding houses like the one run by old lady Wigfall. It sounded horrifying to him that kids not only had to attend school but apparently live and sleep in the place too? He was happy - maybe for the first time - he only went to the local one room school.
     
    "Mostly in the big cities and back East, yes," Aurelian explained. The lady had said she was going back east so made sense she might have attended one of those places.
     
    "I suppose if you slept on the ground you wouldn't have to worry about that. Or even in a barn. And in a barn, there would be haystacks," the woman pointed out cheerfully.
     
    "Barns are fun, yeah," Wyatt certainly agreed, Aurelian just smiled.
     
    "Well I suppose we should let you go then. Best of luck to you. I hope it all works out for you for the best. But then we'll probably run into each other somewhere in town if you are staying. It was a pleasure to meet you," he gave just a slight bow of his head.
     
     
  7. Aurelian Redmond
    "Good day, Miss Clara.  I was hoping your Pa might be around but you might be able to help instead."
     
    "Oh, he is here, in the barn," Clara pointed.
     
    Just as she did, the barn door opened and Aurelian came out, heading straight for the front of the farmhouse and giving a quick wave of greeting to the rider who was even now dismounting. He immediately recognized the fellow as one of the Lost Lake hands.
     
    "Sorry, I was sawing some wood," he excused himself, then joined Clara in hearing the man out, he was obviously a man in a hurry to explain something.
     
    "Could we borrow a wagon or a buckboard and a couple of horses?  Mike and I found an injured woman in the mountains and we need to get her to town.  Your place is closer than the Lost Lake house, so we we're hoping that you could help out."
     
    "Oh....why ...sure," Aurelian nodded.
     
    "I'm sorry if this sounds all a bit confusing.  We've been transporting the woman...Ruth here on a travois but it's not ideal considering her injuries.  A wagon or buckboard will help us get her to town quickly and more comfortably."
     
    "Oh my gosh!" Clara exclaimed.
     
    "That makes sense, yeah. Of course you can! Lemme get the team hitched, it won't take me long," Aurelian nodded and start heading back toward the corral.
     
    "Clara, help me will you please," he asked and the two of them hurried to get the buckboard prepared.
     
     
     
     
  8. Aurelian Redmond
    "I wasn't offering pity, Mr. Redmond. I was offering a solution. Or trying to, anyway. But lack of money does make it difficult to do what I suggested."
     
    "That's fine, thank you for the advice, it was well meaning I'm sure," Aurelian was far too good natured and laid back to be touchy about such things.
     
    He then asked about her, just to make conversation, not that he was nosy...OK, maybe just a little. Kalispell was such an insular place, new folks were often fascinating.
     
    "I will stay, at least for the time being. I am staying at the Wigfall boarding house until I find something else or until Mrs. Wigfall needs my room. Or until my money runs out."
     
    "Ahh, yes, the Wigfall boarding house," Aurelian nodded but left it at that.
     
    "She could sleep in our barn, Pa?" Wyatt suddenly blurted out, the look on his face was dead serious too not an attempt at comedy.
     
    "No, son. Ladies are not meant to sleep in barns.  Mind your manners," Aurelian ended that wild thought.
     
    "Sorry bout that, but Wyatt actually likes to sleep in barns and outdoors," he quickly tried to set things straight.  Twelve year boys! He wondered if he had ever been like that? Probably.
     

     
  9. Aurelian Redmond
    "No, Wyatt, your father's right. It's just a joke. Our cook used to say that her food tasted so good because she made it with love, but I think she was just a very good cook." She bent down slightly and winked at the young boy.
     
    "Oh, got it. I kinda figured so," Wyatt smiled back, he was - despite her first impression - a very friendly boy.
     
    The woman took a side step but Aurelian was in no hurry to move. It was a Sunday, a day of rest, though of course the farm animals always needing caring for every day of the week.
     
    "Isn't there anyone nearby you could get to help you? Neighboring farms who might have a few extra hands?"
     
    "Oh probably there is, if I looked around for somebody. But the rub there is that costs money to pay them, money I can ill afford. No, Wyatt and I will manage. It's not like I can't cook after all," Aurelian declared.
     
    "No offense, Pa, but you CAN'T cook," leave it to a boy to be blunt.
     
    "You going to do it then, son?" Aurelian glanced down.
     
    "No, I ain't old enough," Wyatt didn't sound enthusiastic to try either.
     
    "Anyhow I'm not looking for pity, Mrs. Dietrich. We'll make the adjustments and be fine. So changing the subject then, you've decided to stay in Kalispell then? It's a good town, plenty of nice folks. Where are you planning on staying? If I might be so bold to ask?" Aurelian ventured.
  10. Aurelian Redmond
    "Yes indeed, that is my daughter. So you've met her? And thank you but I'm already missing her not being around," he had to admit.
     
    "Mrs. Pike told me about her and I joked that she must put something in the food at the diner for both her and her waitress to get married."
     
    Aurelian smiled, "Who, my daughter? She is quite the baker, she won a blue ribbon a couple years ago at the summer festival."
     
    "That can't happen though, Pa? Something in the food to marry folks?" Wyatt took her a bit literally though as was his wont on occasion.
     
    "No, son. It cannot," Aurelian glanced down and shook his head.
     
    The woman then found out he was a farmer, turned out her husband wanted to do the same thing. Though she did not go into detail something went wrong. More likely, it was his death? But he was not one to pry especially since the lady must be a rather recent widow.
     
    "Sorry it did not work out for you and Francis. As for us, we're hanging in there although it isn't gonna get any easier as I'm now out a reliable and hard worker in Clara. But the girl's first duty now is to her husband," he admitted ruefully.
     
     
     

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