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Mature Content: No Author: Isiah Chappel With: Adelaide Chappel Location: Millegan Stage Co When: August 1875 Time of Day: Morning It was almost two months ago that I'd left home, Pigeon Forge, TN, with my 5 year old son Joshua for Montana, in search of my sister Addy. My wife had recently passed from cholera and I was heartbroken. She and Joshua were the reason I got up every single day with no complaints to go out and put in hard work so that I could provide for them. Since the day she died everywhere I looked I could see her. Everything reminded me of her and I felt like I was slowly going crazy. So crazy that I had to get out of there. I couldn't take it anymore. My Pa tried to convince me to stay, saying I was acting on emotion and that I would regret it. Well I'd have to find that out for myself. Josh and I had set out on our horses. Sure, there were other ways of getting there but this was my preferred method. It would give me some time alone, well besides the boy, to try and clear my head, get myself right. Nature and being outside was always good for my soul. It had taken us longer to get here than if I'd traveled alone, but finally I could tell that we were getting close. Had I known, the night before, that we were so close to Kalispell I would have kept trekking, but Josh was tired and hungry and well so was I. I'd done a pretty fine job of keeping us sheltered, fed and warm on the trip, but he sure was missing his Ma in many ways, and there wasn't much I could do to help him with that....that because I was hurting too. When the sun rose the next morning we had traveled only about 2 hours when I first caught site of town and Josh and I's excitement couldn't be hidden. He hooped and hollered, waving his hat in the air and I laughed. I laughed. Well that had to be the first time I'd done that in a while. We made our way into town and finally found Millegan's staging company. Tying our horses up outside I helped Josh down off his and we made our way in. It was bustling inside as I grabbed one of the workers and asked him for Adelaide. He'd informed me that she was out at the moment but would be back before long he supposed and we could just wait for her. After waiting almost two months for this day, waiting a bit for her to get here would be no problem. Josh and I made our way back outside to wait for her with our horses all the while Josh was begging me for something to eat. I had nothing at the moment to offer him and figured maybe we could find some food with Addy.