Although her parents still have a strong German accent, Ella and her siblings speak with an accent that hints slightly at their heritage.
Traits & Characteristics
Strengths and Weaknesses (depending on the situation)
Rational and practical
Able to improvise and focus on the present
Working with her parents on their family farm.
Since her family are primarily sheep herders, she is an expert at wool spinning and making knitted/crocheted clothing out of the yarn (e.g. shawls, scarfs, gloves) to sell to stores.
Aliases / Nicknames
1848 - March 1876
Family farm south of Missoula, Montana
March 1876 - Present
Family farm near Smith Lake (situated south of Kalispell)
Kith & Kin
Father: Wilhelm (Born in Germany in September 1826)
Mother: Hilda (Born in Germany in April 1828)
Brother: Kurt (Born in May 1846)
Brother: Bernhard (Born in February 1850)
Brother: Paul (Born in October 1853)
Brother: Hugo (Born in July 1855)
Sister: Anna (Born in June 1857)
Sister-in-Law: Inge (married to Paul - born in January 1854)
1848 - March 1876
Ella was born on the family farm located south of Missoula in 1848. Her parents Wilhelm and Hilda emigrated to the USA shortly after the birth of their oldest son Kurt in 1846. Wilhelm had a older brother already in the USA and together they buy a farm in the east.
Ella grows up learning how to spin and make clothes from the wool produced on the farm. She also learns to read and write, as do all her brothers and sister.
In 1867, Wilhelm takes his family and along with one of his brother's sons move to an area south of Missoula (Mills) to try and raise sheep and crops. After a few years, Wilhelm sells his share of the farm to his nephew and the family move to Missoula.
March - May 1876
Late in 1875, a group of businessmen from the more prosperous town of Helena come to visit Wilhelm. They see the potential of a viable sheep industry and are interested in starting small herds in various parts of the territory. Wilhelm is offered a parcel of land south of Smith Lake near the town of Kalispell. He makes a deal with them for 60% of any profits made from the farm.
Not knowing if the land can sustain a large herd or not, Wilhelm takes small herd of about 150 sheep to the area. The family also decide to plant crops to help bring in an income.
Soon after the snows melt, the Albrecht family move to their new farm, where they quickly build a home, barn and storage facilities. They have also planted wheat and some vegetable crops. So far their presence has gone relatively unnoticed but that can change at any moment.
Ella was taken aback by Leonora's response. She had heard the stories about barbed wire along with the stories of how sheep weren't welcome in cattle country. In a way, she understood what Leonora was saying but she wondered why her new friend would choose to tell Mr. Wentworth her grievances.
Seeing that Mr. Wentworth was a bit uncomfortable, Ella stepped in "Leonora, I have no doubt that you are right but unfortunately Mr. Wentworth is as helpless as we are. He can only do what he is told to do or risk losing his job. I'm sure you'll agree that you don't wish him any harm or blame for what his bosses tell him to do."
Meanwhile, Ella and Leonora had made their way back to the store where Bern and Kurt were. To her surprise, she found them talking to a tall, blonde haired man. Bern introduced the newcomer as Sam Wentworth, a ranch hand at the Lost Lake Ranch.
Ella schooled her features to hide her concern that her brothers had meet someone from the cattle ranch that was near their farm. She knew her brothers wouldn't mention the sheep but still it did concern her.
Hoping to keep the conversation away from what they did, Ella smiled, "Nice to meet you."
She turned to Leonora, "Are you acquainted with Mr. Wentworth?"
It took a few more minutes for Ella to work out the particulars of her deal with Pettigrew. When she was done she went back into the store and selected some fabric. Since the salesgirl was busy with Lenora, Pettigrew served her.
After purchasing the fabric, she went up to Leonora, "I'm ready to go back to my brothers. If you wish to stay longer, that's fine. However, I would like to thank you for bringing me here just in case we're gone by the time you get back."
Ella frowned as she hadn't counted on gifting any of her stock in order to get orders. Whoever this Miss Orr was, if she had the power to entice other young women to buy a shawl or something else then it might be worthwhile. She would have to explain things to her family but if she knew the reasons why, then they would be agreeable.
"All right, I can give her this one," she picked the most stylish shawl she could out of the three she had bought in, "however, I will reserve the right to ask for the item back if this doesn't work. Even used a good shawl like this can still sell."
He was looking at the mittens again. "Hmm, yes, very fine work." his watery old eyes looked up at her sparking young hazel orbs. "Where do you get your supply of wool from?" he asked with professional interest.
"Ahh...we get our wool from a number of suppliers. You know people back east who we've meet over the years," Ella said in a matter-of-fact way.
Turning back to the point of all this, she continued, "I'm glad you like them. It takes a while to make things so we like to get an early start in order to have things ready to sell by late fall when people are starting to need them."
She waited for his response and hopefully it would be one that was good.
"Miss Ella Albrecht," she answered as she stepped forward and placed her parcel on the counter. "I do wish to buy some cloth but I was also wondering if you were interested in purchasing some items I have."
As she opened the parcel, she smiled at Pettigrew, "I hope you don't mind me approaching you in this way. My family are new to the area, and we've been looking for somewhere to sell some of the goods we make."
After opening the parcel, she picked up crochet shawl to the show the owner. She then pointed to the other items, "There's a scarf and some mittens as well. We make a variety of woollen garments. This is just an example of some of them."
"It does seem to have a lot of things," Ella replied in a wistful tone.
Looking at the young girl who was serving at the counter, Ella surmised that she must be either an employee or related to the owner in some way she smiled reassuringly before turning back to Leonora, "I think that you may be right...this looks like the best place in town."
Placing the package she had bought with her on the counter, Ella looked at the girl, "I would like to speak to the owner if he or she is here."
Ella was mildly surprised that it was Bern who was the first to make an impression with one of the ladies in town. She considered Bern to be the more quieter one of her brothers...well that was at least until Kurt had returned home. Kurt was more serious than he used to be and she wondered why. Whatever he did all those years he was away had a profound effect on him.
However, Kurt was not the person Leonora had asked about. It was Bern and so Ella obliged her with an answer, "He can be very engaging with the right people and when the topic of conversation interests him. Like most people with our background, he can be a little wary at first but once he takes to you, he's the most congenial person you'll ever meet."
Stopping for a moment, she took a good look at Lenora and nodded, "For someone who has been bedridden for a long time, you look remarkably well. I know Bern would have noticed that."
Soon they were at Pettigrews and Ella noticed the long name of the store on the sign. "What a mouthful," she murmured.
After following Leonora into the store, Ella took a moment to look around. It was full of a lot of things but since it was summer, she couldn't see any shawls or scarves...maybe they were out the back in storage. Hopefully, the owner was the type to order in advance.
After introducing Miss Lutz to his sister, Bern made his excuses. He needed to find out from Kurt how much of their order could be fulfilled at this store and if they had to go elsewhere. Besides the ladies had started talking about fabrics, a subject he had no particular interest in.
Ella smiled again as she responded to Lenora's question, "Yes it's Miss Albrecht."
"Nice, isn't it?" she asked rhetorically and then glanced up to make sure the store keeper wasn't listening "But they have some finer over at Pettigrew's, and about the same price, too." Well, she needn't feel guilty about losing the Storekeeper a sale, after he'd hiked the price on flour!
"Does this Pettigrew have a large range? I'm looking for something to suit my sister and my mother as well as myself."
She paused for a moment as she wondered if this Pettigrew would be interested in buying some of their woollen items, "Now that I think about it, maybe a visit to this Pettigrew might be worthwhile. Would you mind showing me the way?"
Ella was looking at bolt of blue cloth when Bern approached her. She was deciding whether or not to buy some of the fabric for her younger sister, Anna who had tried to come on this trip but instead had been forced to stay at home. The blue cloth could be made into a pretty dress which would please Anna and make her forget her disappointment at not being able to go into town.
Bern tapped her on the shoulder and she turned to see what he wanted. To her surprise, he was accompanied by the woman who had come in with the disgruntled old woman. The woman looked a bit apprehensive, so Ella gave her a reassuring smile.
"Ella I would like to introduce you to Miss Leonora Lutz. Miss Lutz, this is my sister, Ella Albrecht," Bern said in a pleasant tone.
Holding out her hand, Ella nodded her slightly, "It's a pleasure to meet you, Miss Lutz."
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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