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Sitting on the bench inside the small building that served as the stage stop in Whitefish, Katherine looked at the pocket watch her father had given to her as a parting gift when she left to teach in Wisconsin.  After three years it still kept good time and the time was telling her that she had been there for almost an hour.

 

Standing up, she stretched a little and put the watch back in her reticule.  The manager was outside with the stage driver helping make repairs to stage's back axle.  It was a miracle how the axle managed to not break completely before they reached Whitefish.

 

From what she had seen so far, the town of Whitefish was very peculiar compared to the other towns she had passed through on her trip to take up the position as school teacher.  The stage driver had told her that it would be best for her to stick close to the stage office and not go wandering around town on her own.  It seemed that he was not happy with this unexpected delay.  She also got the impression that he wanted to get out as soon as possible.

 

Back in Helena, she had had the choice of two routes to get to Kalispell. Someone mentioned that going north to Whitefish and then head south was the quickest way to there.  Since, she was anxious to start her new job, she hadn't bother checking into it first.  Besides, she would have had to wait another week for the other stage.

 

Hoping that the repairs were nearly done, she decided to go outside.  As she stepped out the door, she could feel the afternoon heat.  She briefly looked around before her eyes rested on the stage coach, where the driver and his assistant were, by the looks of it, nearly finished.  The fact that they were, made her glad as it would only be a short time before she arrived in her new home.

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It wasn't often that Addie was called on to help with repairs to the coach, but she did have a passing knowledge of the workings of the parts, and of the use of the tools to make the repairs.  This was a relatively simple patch for now, until she could get to a forge to make a proper mend, and it would get them to Kalispell.

 

"Done got that," she told the station master as she tightened the last bolt.  "Gimme a chance ta get a quick drink'a water an' we can start loadin'." 

 

Finally standing away from the coach, she pulled off her hat to wipe a thin sheen of sweat from her forehead, then looked at the waiting passengers...er, passenger.  Looked like it was just the one lady.  Grinning, she nodded to the woman, then plopped her hat back on her head and wiped her hands on her pants.

 

"Miss."  She gave the lady a quick nod.  "Just be a few minutes an' we'll be on our way.  Ya got a bag I can put up top?"

 

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Kate turned to the person who had just addressed her.  She knew that some women wore men's clothing and even took on their work to make a living, but this was the first she had ever come across a female stage driver.  There was probably some perfectly good reason why the driver...what did she say her name was?  Having only met her a short time ago, she berated herself for not remembering.  As a teacher her memory was usually better than this.  Maybe it was because she was tired.  The trip from Avoca, where she had been teaching for the last three years, had been a long one.

 

Looking at the woman, she smiled, "I only have a trunk and one bag."  After pausing for a moment, she continued, "How much further is it to Kalispell?"

 

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Case Steelegrave was walking up the boardwalk when he saw the coach and Arnie working on it. That woman amazed him, oh there were plenty of tough women in the region, but Arnie was a cut above.

 

He paused next to the conveyance. "Arnie, you pretty much got this?" He asked politely. He like the driver liked her spirit. Then he saw the woman.

 

Case walked over looking her up and down trying to figure out what she was doing in Whitefish. "Ma'am. Marshal Case Steelegrave, welcome to Whitefish. How may I be of assistance?"

 

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On 12/4/2018 at 11:16 PM, Case Steelgrave said:

Case walked over looking her up and down trying to figure out what she was doing in Whitefish. "Ma'am. Marshal Case Steelegrave, welcome to Whitefish. How may I be of assistance?"

 

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Kate turned to the man who had addressed.  She hadn't expected to see the town marshal as her stay here was going to brief.  Smiling, she answered, "Thank you.  I have no need of any assistance."

 

Pointing the stage, she continued, "As soon as they have finished the repairs, I will be on my way to Kalispell."

 

It looked like it would a few more minutes before she would be leaving, she thought that it might be worthwhile finding more about the area she was moving into and the marshal would be a good person to ask.  "I've never been here before, so I am curious to know what it's like around here.  I know that there can be some problems with the Indians who live in these parts but is there anything else I should be aware of?"

 

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Looking at the woman, she smiled, "I only have a trunk and one bag."  After pausing for a moment, she continued, "How much further is it to Kalispell?"

 

"Be th' better part of th' day," Addy answered as she loaded the trunk into the back boot with the assistance of the station master.  "Looks ta be pretty decent weather, if you've a mind, you can sit up top with me fer a while."  While there was a risk of dust riding on the box, and it could be warm under the sun, sometimes it could be nicer compared to the crowded, stifling interior, where there was no getting away from odors and boring conversation.  From the looks of it though, that wasn't going to be a problem today, at least on the first leg of the journey...so far she looked to be the only fare.

 

"Arnie, you pretty much got this?"

 

She glanced up as the Marshal approached, bristling a little, but putting on a smile.  "Marshal."  Touching the brim of her slouch hat, she nodded.  "Got it all ready an' just about ta leave, thank ya fer askin'."  The man's reputation did not put him in a good light, although he'd never done anything to her to cause her to personally dislike him, he was, in the end, a Steelgrave, and that alone was reason to be wary.

 

"Ma'am. Marshal Case Steelegrave, welcome to Whitefish. How may I be of assistance?"

 

"Thank you.  I have no need of any assistance."  Pointing the stage, she continued, "As soon as they have finished the repairs, I will be on my way to Kalispell."

 

"An' that's about done," Addy declared, it was just a matter of getting the last of the cargo for Kalispell loaded.  As for her question about the territory, she'd let Case give his opinion...there would be plenty of time to discuss that on the long journey.

 

"I've never been here before, so I am curious to know what it's like around here.  I know that there can be some problems with the Indians who live in these parts but is there anything else I should be aware of?"

 

"Be leavin' in a minute," Addy commented, "just gotta grab lunch."

 

 

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 "Addy, you pretty much got this?"

 

 She glanced up as the Marshal approached, bristling a little, but putting on a smile.  "Marshal."  Touching the brim of her slouch hat, she nodded.  "Got it all ready an' just about ta leave, thank ya fer askin'."  The man's reputation did not put him in a good light, although he'd never done anything to her to cause her to personally dislike him, he was, in the end, a Steelgrave, and that alone was reason to be wary.

 

Putting on his best public servant act he continued. “Need anything, you just holler.” Then he saw her standing on the boardwalk and it gave him pause. This was a real lady, not the whores from the Silver Dollar Saloon he used.  A woman of beauty ad composure

 

"Ma'am. Marshal Case Steelegrave, welcome to Whitefish. How may I be of assistance?"

 

"Thank you.  I have no need of any assistance."  Pointing the stage, she continued, "As soon as they have finished the repairs, I will be on my way to Kalispell."

 

“Kalispell, nice place, a lot of good folks there. Almost as pleasant as Whitefish, just a mite bigger.” Case bragged.

 

"An' that's about done," Addy declared, it was just a matter of getting the last of the cargo for Kalispell loaded.  As for her question about the territory, she'd let Case give his opinion...there would be plenty of time to discuss that on the long journey.

 

"I've never been here before, so I am curious to know what it's like around here.  I know that there can be some problems with the Indians who live in these parts but is there anything else I should be aware of?"

 

 “Well now, the summers can be merciless at times, but mostly I’d say it's pleasant most days. Winter, however, that’s a different story. Can be downright miserable cold.” He explained, “But the beauty of the region is hard to beat.”

 

"Be leavin' in a minute," Addy commented, "just gotta grab lunch."

 

“Well,” Case began, giving Addy a side glance, “sounds like you’ll be on your way shortly. Have a pleasant trip. By the way, if you don’t mind me asking, what is it you’ll be doing in Kalispell?”

 

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“Well,” Case began, giving Addy a side glance, “sounds like you’ll be on your way shortly. Have a pleasant trip. By the way, if you don’t mind me asking, what is it you’ll be doing in Kalispell?”

 

"Oh...sorry.  My name is Katherine Bowen.  I'm the new school teacher at the Kalispell school. "

 

She smiled, "I'm not even quite sure when the school year starts out here.  All I got was a date I had to be in Kalispell by and I've missed that by a week already.  The trip out here has taken a lot longer than I thought it would."

 

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"Oh...sorry.  My name is Katherine Bowen.  I'm the new school teacher at the Kalispell school."

 

Case smiled at the revelation, ‘a schoolmarm,’ he mused. ‘Interesting.”

 

She smiled, "I'm not even quite sure when the school year starts out here.  All I got was a date I had to be in Kalispell by and I've missed that by a week already.  The trip out here has taken a lot longer than I thought it would."

 

“Well now, I would be too concerned about your being behind schedule, folks out here come to expect that sort of thing.” Case explained, “as to when the school session begins, I’d figure shortly after you’re arrival. I’ve not heard of anyone running the school, of course, I’m not privy to much of what happens in Kalispell. Our school begins in the fall, after harvest and round up.” There was a pause, then, “Should things not work out, we could always make a place for you here in Whitefish.”

 

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On 12/12/2018 at 11:42 PM, Case Steelgrave said:

“Well now, I would be too concerned about your being behind schedule, folks out here come to expect that sort of thing.” Case explained, “as to when the school session begins, I’d figure shortly after you’re arrival. I’ve not heard of anyone running the school, of course, I’m not privy to much of what happens in Kalispell. Our school begins in the fall, after harvest and round up.” There was a pause, then, “Should things not work out, we could always make a place for you here in Whitefish.”

 

Katherine nodded as she listened to the marshal.  He made a good point about the possibility of things not working out and it made sense to have another plan just in case.  "Thank you Marshal Steelgrave.  I will keep your generous offer in mind."

 

She looked around to see if Addy was on her way back.  Seeing that she wasn't, Kate returned her attention to the marshal.  He seemed to be a pleasant man unlike some of the marshals she had read and heard about during her journey here.  There had been many travelling companions along the way and all of them had interesting stories about what life was like in the territories. Some of them were very fanciful but others reminded her about the dangers that could be out here.  Thankfully, she would not be living on her own when she arrived at Kalispell.

 

Smiling, she wondered what else she could ask the marshal about.  From what he said he knew something about the town she was Kalispell.  In her opinion any information was better than none.  "If you don't mind marshal, could you please tell what you know about Kalispell and the people who live there?"

 

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 Katherine nodded as she listened to the marshal.  He made a good point about the possibility of things not working out and it made sense to have another plan just in case.  "Thank you Marshal Steelgrave.  I will keep your generous offer in mind."

 

Case touched the brim of his hat and bowed his neck slightly. He knew how to put on a show of decency, even if he wasn’t. And that fact that she was pretty made it all that much easier. He wasn’t walking off just yet, merely being polite.

 

She looked around to see if Addy was on her way back.  Seeing that she wasn't, Kate returned her attention to the marshal.  He seemed to be a pleasant man unlike some of the marshals she had read and heard about during her journey here.  There had been many travelling companions along the way and all of them had interesting stories about what life was like in the territories. Some of them were very fanciful but others reminded her about the dangers that could be out here.  Thankfully, she would not be living on her own when she arrived at Kalispell.
 

Smiling, she wondered what else she could ask the marshal about.  From what he said he knew something about the town she was Kalispell.  In her opinion any information was better than none.  "If you don't mind marshal, could you please tell what you know about Kalispell and the people who live there?"

 

Case took a breath, “well, to be quite honest I actually know very little about Kalispell and her fair citizens. I do know that the town has a female deputy, that’s a real oddity, but she can handle the job from what I’ve heard. We actually have very little interaction.” He explained. “What I can say is that on my few visits to Kalispell I’ve found the citizenry to be pleasant, friendly and quite welcoming.” That part being lie as far as any of the Steelgrave’s might be concerned. “I believe you’ll find it as hospitable as most any town in the territory, and you're being a teacher, well, they’ll be grateful you came west.”

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On 12/14/2018 at 11:23 PM, Case Steelgrave said:

Case took a breath, “well, to be quite honest I actually know very little about Kalispell and her fair citizens. I do know that the town has a female deputy, that’s a real oddity, but she can handle the job from what I’ve heard. We actually have very little interaction.” He explained. “What I can say is that on my few visits to Kalispell I’ve found the citizenry to be pleasant, friendly and quite welcoming.” That part being lie as far as any of the Steelgrave’s might be concerned. “I believe you’ll find it as hospitable as most any town in the territory, and you're being a teacher, well, they’ll be grateful you came west.

"That's good to know. "

 

She paused for a moment and decided that she had been talking about her situation long enough.  Instead she wanted to find out more about the town she was currently in.  "I haven't had the chance to look around here as the stage driver advised me to stay close by as she wasn't quite certain how long the repairs would take.  The town seems fairly quiet and I am guessing that you're partly responsible for that.  You must be a man who demands a great deal of respect and goodwill from the citizens."

 

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Case smiled at her words thin\king; 'if she only knew.' "the truth of the matter is, the lawman is only really important to his community when there is trouble to be handled. Most times folks are simply reassured the man with the badge is around."

 

Marshal Case Steelegrave had managed to hold his town and have the respect of the majority of the citizenry by not plying his less than legal activities on them, but through his men and only on outlying ranches and farms. Though he was quite capable he had actually not killed anyone in the territory since his return from Texas. He had his men for that, when necessary.

 

"But I thank you for your kind words." He said, still smiling.

 

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"Sorry 'bout that, Miss."  Addy nodded to the young woman as she came out of the station, carrying a small paper-wrapped parcel and a good-sized pouch that she tossed up under seat.  "Extra lot of mail," she explained to the Marshal, "got misplaced, so I reckon folks in Kallispell'll be anxious for it."

 

Then she glanced at Katherine.  "Miss, ya ready?  If you've a mind, you can ride up top with me, better scenery, though I can't much vouch fer th' conversation!"

 

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 "Sorry 'bout that, Miss."  Addy nodded to the young woman as she came out of the station, carrying a small paper-wrapped parcel and a good-sized pouch that she tossed up under seat.  "Extra lot of mail," she explained to the Marshal, "got misplaced, so I reckon folks in Kallispell'll be anxious for it."

 

“Happens sometimes, Wally needs a better system for the mail going on.” Case stated. I’ll have to have a talk with him about that. Seems he’s always misplacing something or other. Our apologies to the good folks in Kalispell."

 

Then she glanced at Katherine.  "Miss, ya ready?  If you've a mind, you can ride up top with me, better scenery, though I can't much vouch fer th' conversation!"

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Then she glanced at Katherine.  "Miss, ya ready?  If you've a mind, you can ride up top with me, better scenery, though I can't much vouch fer th' conversation!"

Katherine smiled at Addy, "Yes I am ready.  I think I would like to ride up top with you for part of the way but then, if you don't mind, I should go back inside.  I somehow don't think riding on top of the stage would be a good first impression to make."

 

She then turned to the marshal.  "Thank you for telling me about the area.  If you're ever in Kalispell, you are more than welcome to come to the school house and visit."

 

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 Katherine smiled at Addy, "Yes I am ready.  I think I would like to ride up top with you for part of the way but then, if you don't mind, I should go back inside.  I somehow don't think riding on top of the stage would be a good first impression to make."

 

 

She then turned to the marshal.  "Thank you for telling me about the area.  If you're ever in Kalispell, you are more than welcome to come to the school house and visit."   

 

“Yes Ma’am, that’s an offer that would be hard to refuse.” Case replied as he touched the brim of his hat. “Not often I get down that way, but when I do you can count on me stopping by. Safe trip.”

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"All right, then."  Addy gave Case a nod.  "Lookin' forward to th' next jaunt."  This was a route that she ran every few days, so she wasn't ever long between visits.  "Be good ta get th' mail sorted, that's certain."

 

Then she glanced at Katherine.  "Sure, I can let ya down outside'a town."  Folks really were awfully particular about the conduct of teachers, she was glad she didn't have to worry about that. 

 

After climbing up onto the box, she gathered the ribbons, then looked down at the young woman.  "Be careful ya don't get hung up on nothin'.  Marshal'll help, if ya need."

 

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 "All right, then."  Addy gave Case a nod.  "Lookin' forward to th' next jaunt."  This was a route that she ran every few days, so she wasn't ever long between visits.  "Be good ta get th' mail sorted, that's certain."

 

“I expect so.” Case tipped his hat to her, even he understood that the country needed strong people like her, so he kept his boys off of the coach, certainly because of his respect for her, but also because she’d fight, and they’d kill her. He wouldn’t stand for that, which seemed to fly in the face of who he was.

 

Then she glanced at Katherine.  "Sure, I can let ya down outside'a town."  Folks really were awfully particular about the conduct of teachers, she was glad she didn't have to worry about that.

 

After climbing up onto the box, she gathered the ribbons, then looked down at the young woman.  "Be careful ya don't get hung up on nothin'.  Marshal'll help, if ya need."

 

“Yes, Ma’am.” Case responded, standing ready, in case.

 

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“Yes, Ma’am.” Case responded, standing ready, in case.

Katherine looked at how high it was to where the driver was seated.  Too bad she wasn't wearing trousers like the driver was or she would have climbed up there without needing assistance.  She turned to Case, "A little help would be greatly appreciated."

 

When she had finally gotten up to the seat and settled herself, she smiled at him, "Thank you for helping me up and for the conversation."

 

Turning to Addy, she nodded, "Ready to go when you are."

 

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 She turned to Case, "A little help would be greatly appreciated."
    
“Yes ‘em.” He responded and stepped behind her, carefully gripping her waist as conservatively as possible, then hoisting her as she pulled herself up.

 

When she had finally gotten up to the seat and settled herself, she smiled at him, "Thank you for helping me up and for the conversation."
                                
“Of course Miss Bowen. My pleasure. I hope to see you again. Have a pleasant journey.” Case said honestly. He could be a gentleman when the situation called for it, and this one certainly met the requirements.
 
Turning to Addy, she nodded, "Ready to go when you are."

 

“Ladies. A pleasant trip.” Case offered, then turned and walked toward the Silver Dollar.

 

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"Marshal."  Nodding, Addie touched the brim of her slouch hat and gave the man a nod.  "Good day to ya."  Then she took off the brake and snapped the lines, and in a jingle of harness the coach lurched forward.

 

"If it gets a bit warn fer ya, I keep a parasol under th' seat, it'll keep th' sun off yer skin."  The coach settled into a steady pace as the four big horses dropped into an easy trot, and Arnie relaxed back.  "So, teachin' school, are ya?" she commented by way of conversation.  "Never did go ta proper school myself, but then, reckon ya figured that part out!"  She laughed and gave the young woman a friendly wink.  There was no shame, she might not have book learning, but she knew a powerful lot about things far more important to living out here than could be found in books!

 

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"Well as far as I am concerned, one is never too young to learn."

 

Watching the countryside around her go past her, she smiled, "Learning for me is a lifetime commitment.  There's always something new to find out.  Take this trip to Kalispell.  I've seen more of our country in the last few weeks then I have had in whole lifetime."

 

Turning her head to Addy, she continued, "As a stage coach driver, I'm guessing that you probably know a lot about Kalispell.  Is there anything I should be aware of?"

 

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"Just steer clear'a th' Steelgraves...nothin' but trouble, that lot."  Of course, 'steering clear' was no easy feat in a town that that clan ran.   "Just be wary that he says what he don't mean an' he wants ta control everything.  Elsewise, it's a nice place if ya don't crave too much culture."  Laughing, she shrugged.  "Not so bad, really.  Ya got talent fer ridin'?  I can help get ya set with a good mount from th' livery, a buggy, if ya know how ta drive...if yer plannin' on goin' outta town on occasion."

 

After all, the school house was right there, so, technically, she'd never really have to leave town, but who wanted to be confined to a few dusty streets?  Renting a horse or buggy now and then provided some freedom.  "Got a nice boardin' house in town, 'less th' school board is offerin' a place?"

 

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On 1/2/2019 at 5:09 PM, Adelaide Chappel said:

"Just steer clear'a th' Steelgraves...nothin' but trouble, that lot."  Of course, 'steering clear' was no easy feat in a town that that clan ran.   "Just be wary that he says what he don't mean an' he wants ta control everything.  Elsewise, it's a nice place if ya don't crave too much culture."  Laughing, she shrugged.  "Not so bad, really.  Ya got talent fer ridin'?  I can help get ya set with a good mount from th' livery, a buggy, if ya know how ta drive...if yer plannin' on goin' outta town on occasion." 

Katherine frowned a little at what Addy had just said about the Steelgraves and the Marshall especially.  He seemed to be such a nice man but she knew things weren't sometimes what they looked like and Addy was a local so there would be some truth in what she was saying.  She would reserve judgement on the Marshal for later when she knew more about what was what and who was who.  She then turned her attention to question of horse riding, "Yes I can ride, and I will take you up on your offer of help, once I have settled in."

 

On 1/2/2019 at 5:09 PM, Adelaide Chappel said:

After all, the school house was right there, so, technically, she'd never really have to leave town, but who wanted to be confined to a few dusty streets?  Renting a horse or buggy now and then provided some freedom.  "Got a nice boardin' house in town, 'less th' school board is offerin' a place?"

 

"I will be staying with Pastor Evans and his wife.  I understand that they look after the community church in Kalispell."

 

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