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Emeline Pike

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About Emeline Pike

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    Jill Wagner
  • Full Name
    Emeline Harris Blakesley
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    Cafe Owner
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Physical Description

Not too scrawny nor too fluffy, Emeline moves with grace but projects confidence and competence.  She is quick with a smile, but just as quick with the rolling pin of you step out of line!  She keeps her hair in a braid and dresses plainly but neatly.

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Traits & Characteristics

Tomboy!  That sums Em up in one word.  There is pretty much nothing frail or fragile about her, she has always had a sense of adventure, wanting to learn and explore, learning best by doing hands-on, often with dubious results.  More than once, her big brother had rescued her from trees or the roof of the house.  She's good at going up, but freezes trying to come down!  But she trusted her brother, Aimon, idolized him, and was devastated when he was killed during the war

Dreamer...Like Aimon, her head is often in the clouds, playing out scenarios or creating worlds that are better than this one.  Unlike her brother, though, she has the heart and passion of a dreamer, using her free time to write her own stories or act things out, dancing her way through life.

Caretaker...Em has a quiet, gentle way about her that seems to put beasties at ease and make them trust her.  And she likes peace and order in her world, as much as she can, so she tends to try to organize things when she is able.  And if someone is hurting, be it physically or at heart, she wants to do what she can to make them well again, or at least to dull the hurt, often finding that action a catharsis for her own pain.  If she is busy helping, healing or dreaming, there is little time to fret over her own trouble.

Bold...Tomby that she is, she will stand up to a bully and isn't one to back down from a fight, especially in light of what she has been though. 

Scared Little Girl...Underneath it all, she is still a child, a little girl who yearns for the safety and security of family, who just wants to be able to play and dream without worrying that her world is going to be torn apart by tragedy and that some day she'll find love again.


Emeline owns the Lick Skillet Cafe


Cooking, of course!  Em also has some knowledge of using herbs and has a garden behind her cafe that she cultivates to use in her cooking.  She plays the concertina

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Born in Illinois, Emeline now lives in a small apartment above her cafe

Kith & Kin

Life Events

1849 -- Born in Taylorville, Illinois, Emeline Harris


1866 -- Married to Andrew Blakesley


1867 -- Andrew moves them to North Dakota to take up mining.  Emeline, pregnant when they leave, gives birth to a daughter during the trip


1868 -- Their daughter catches cholera and dies, Em is pregnant again, but mis-carries


1870 -- Andrew is killed in a mining accident, Em opens a cafe in a tent to support herself


1873 -- Bought the cafe in Kalispell


1876 -- Married Barnabas Pike

Character Notes

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Recent Posts

  1. Emeline Pike
    If ever there was a 'tourist' look, Emeline had it in spades as she gazed around at the floors of balconies that surrounded an open area that was six stories high -- Emeline counted!  And when she moved farther in and looked up, she gasped.  There, overhead, where the ceiling would be, was a huge domed stained-glass window showing a ship in full sail on a turbulent sea.
    "Look at that!" she gasped, standing there like an idiot, head tilted back as she stared up.  "That's amazing!  I wonder how they did that?  Or if Mr. Penderson had anything to do with it." 
    The whole place was incredible, and Emeline thought that she could easily get lost looking around.
  2. Emeline Pike
    "Oh, my goodness!  You certainly have a talent, sir, recalling all that information!  I'm afraid sometimes I can barely remember my own name!"  Emeline laughed as she looked the building over and processed all the information.  "It's fantastic, and certainly ahead of its time!"
    Anxious, she glanced at Barnabas.  "Can we go in and look around?  I don't think I've ever been in a building so large."  It was hard to imagine that a structure so massive could hold up or be safe, but then, she knew that cities back east, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, all had buildings that would likely dwarf this one.
    "It's hard to imagine that someday, this area may well be all buildings like this, rising to far into the sky."
  3. Emeline Pike
    "We did find some beautiful choices," Emeline commented, "too many, really!  It was difficult to decide, but I think they will be amazing."
    Then she glanced at Barnabas, taking his hand and giving it a squeeze.  "Anywhere...this city is so big, and it seems like something interesting around every corner."  She'd never been in a city this big, and it was fascinating, and even most of the architecture was different than the cities in the mid-west, and she was enjoying just relaxing and looking.
    "How long before dinner?  We don't want to be late!"  Not that she thought he'd forget, but she wanted to make sure she made a good impression with his friends.  "Please don't let me do anything embarrassing...or too 'country'."
  4. Emeline Pike
    "Thank you, sir."  Emeline was beaming brightly as they walked back to the carriage, excited to have had the chance to make such an improvement to the house.  "I'm more anxious than ever to see the house completed!" 
    The future was so bright, and there was so much to look forward to, and best of all, she had Barnabas at her side for the journey.
    "Thank you, Mr. Pike, for indulging me."  She gave him a quick kiss on the cheek, then whispered, "There just might be a reward for you tonight after dinner!" 
  5. Emeline Pike
    "It sounds amazing!" Emeline agreed, "And I don't suppose there's a problem with waiting, the house is still in construction, and we're away, anyway.  Besides, quality is worth the wait."  Although she couldn't wait to see the finished product, it would be beautiful, especially when the Sun cast colorful patterns across the room. 
    She had no idea how much that would cost, that was up to the men, and she wasn't planning to splurge...much!  "This is something that will be there as long as the house is, I think we should do it!"
  6. Emeline Pike
    "Yes, more, and don't you forget it, Mr. Pike!"  Emeline laughed, then nodded to the shop keeper.  "It's good to meet you, Mr. Penderson.  I've seen stained glass before, but never thought about having it in our home."  Of course, 'home' had meant a simple house with a couple of rooms to hold a dozen children, having the essentials, and maybe a few frills, functional, but nothing like the ranch...still a home, but with bigger frills!
    "So..yes, I think having the big window done in sections would be easier to ship, right?"  She looked at Mr. Penderson.  "If the builders have the instructions, they can install it, right?"  Maybe it took a specialist to put one in, so the whole idea was absurd?
    "I really do like that one, though.  It's so cheery, and it will remind us of Summer, no matter how cold it gets."

  7. Emeline Pike
    "Oh, yes!" Emeline exclaimed, "your work is beautiful!  My husband and I are building a home in Montana."  She glanced up at Barnabas, then back to the gentleman. "We'd like a stained glass window...a transom, and an actual window.  I think...well, we have a beautiful view of a waterfall from the main room, perhaps there would be a way to use the window to frame that view?"
    In her head, it was an amazing combination!  Again, she looked up at her husband.  "We can try to sketch what it looks like."  It would be a hard task from memory, to get the proportions right, but I think it could be really beautiful."  She could easily picture it in her head, the clear glass revealing the falls, while colored stained glass leaves and flowers surrounded the view.
  8. Emeline Pike
    "Oh, yes, thank you!"  Emeline smiled at he driver as she hopped out of the carriage, not at all minding the intrusion.  "And I'm sure they have a way of shipping glass...after all, if you can ship it a mile, it seems that you can ship it a dozen..." she laughed, "you just have to be careful longer!"
    She hooked her arm into Barnabas' as they strolled inside, where she had to stop, taking in all the sample windows that were hanging in the large display windows.  They had barely been visible from the outside, but now that they were in, where the sun could shine through them, they were colorful and beautiful, casting little kaleidoscope patterns across the floor.
    "Look!  They're beautiful!"
  9. Emeline Pike
    "Two?  That's a grand idea, and my understanding is that transoms allow for good air flow through the rooms?"  It was something they hadn't considered yet, well, she'd never heard of them before, and there really weren't so many warm days that a breeze was needed, but it was something they could easily incorporate when they wanted to.
    "I love the glass inlays in the front doors, too, but that's hardly practical at home."  Shaking her head, she pointed out, "That wouldn't stop an Indian, nor a bandit, and I'd hate for it to be broken.  But yes, I love the idea of having a couple of stained glass windows and even designing our own!"  She had no idea how they were made, or even how much they cost, but it was worth looking into.
  10. Emeline Pike
    "Oh, well, there still is time!" Emeline observed, "and we can always adjust the plans!"  Of course, she was teasing, she loved their house, even though they hadn't even moved into it yet, and while she admired the grandeur of mansions here, it wasn't particularly practical in the mountains of Montana.
    "Although..." she mused, "I think a stained glass window would be beautiful, to catch light in the evenings."  She had no idea, though, how you went about getting something like that, or what she'd like it to look like.  "It would just be amazing to have all those colors dancing across the floor."
    A wistful smile crossed her lips.  "Paradise Falls...so a waterfall, of course, maybe the name, or initials..."  There were all sorts of possibilities, and she was starting to get excited about it.  "Maybe your friend, Mr. Sharon, will know how to go about getting a window?"

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