Strengths and Weaknesses (depending on the situation)
Reliable and patient
Imaginative and observant
Loyal and hard-working
Represses his feelings at times
Farm hand and sheep herder on family farm.
Aliases / Nicknames
1850 - 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)
Sister: Ella (Born 26 August 1848)
Brother: Paul (Born in October 1853)
Brother: Hugo (Born in July 1855)
Sister: Anna (Born in 5 June 1857)
Sister-in-Law: Inge (married to Paul - born in January 1854)
1848 - March 1876
Bernhard was born on the family farm located south of Missoula in 1850. His 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.
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 1876 - Present
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.
"A Farmer's Union? That sounds like a good idea," Bern said, "However, it will depend on what our father has to say about it. Maybe you can tell us more about it over dinner?"
Kurt rolled his eyes at his brother's suggestion, knowing full well that Bern was probably beginning to have more on his mind than the prospects of joining a local union. Leonora seemed a pleasant enough girl, so if his brother wanted to explore the possibility of furthering a relationship with her, who was he to stop it. Besides it would be probably end up being a short romance once she and the rest of county found out what they were really doing on their farm.
Ella nodded, "Yes, that would be nice, providing you are available. We wouldn't want to take you away from your family more than we already have."
Bern smiled, "Err...no we wouldn't want to inconvenience you in any way. If not, maybe next time I...um we are in town."
Ignoring Jacob's mention of Albrecht being a good old German name, Bernhard just smiled. He and his siblings had decided long ago to speak German only when they we're at home and only if their parents lapsed into speaking their native tongue. All of them except for Kurt was born in United States and they considered themselves American. Kurt included himself in that as he had only been a baby when they had emigrated here. In a way, Kurt seemed to be the most American of them all. He had spent more than ten years drifting around the country doing whatever it was that he was doing. Maybe one day Kurt would tell them all about it and even though he wanted to know, Bern knew not to press the point.
Jacob Lutz then asked about what they were raising, which bought a slight frown to Bern's face. The last thing he mentioned the sheep, so he had to think of something else. "We're trying out a few things and seeing what works. Once we work out what the land is good for, we'll start raising it."
Wanting to distract, Jacob from his line of questioning, Bern turned to Leonora who was looking a bit uncomfortable, "Excuse me Miss Lutz, would like to meet my sister?"
Bernhard turned when heard the German words being spoken. A part of him was surprised that anybody out could speak his parents' native language and another part of him was surprised to see it coming from the woman who had arrived shortly after they had entered the store. The old lady seemed to be very dissatisfied with the price of flour and wasn't too shy about letting the store owner know.
Looking over at his sister, he could see her smiling as she looked through some fabrics on one of the counters. Her back was towards the three people who had come in so that they couldn't see her amusement at the situation unfolding between the old lady and the store owner. Meanwhile, Kurt was just ignoring the lot of them and talking to the store owner's wife about their order.
The one who had spoken in German, was close enough for him to casually step closer on the pretence of checking some items. When he reached her side, he whispered, "I don't think the diner is far enough, do you?"
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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