Jump to content
  • Recently Browsing

    • No registered users viewing this page.

  • Recently Used Characters

  • Posts

    • "We'll have to get on over to the dinning room them. Afraid it's liable to be a bit more like Kalispell than Frisco." He said. "But it'll be good food, just not what we've been used too. Will be up on the hill, for sure.  I was told this is the best hotel because it was a ways out across the river from town, and it was solid built."   "The wealth on the hill is such that all most everything around it is growing at a fast pace. You'll really see that when we visit the Capitol, Carson City. Supposedly discovered by Kit Carson and General John Freemont on their way to Sacramento in. At least Freemont named the river after him back in '43 or '44. Nothin' was there then."   "All that made me hungry too, let's go eat an then take us a walk across the river, or along it, which ever you want." @Bongo
    • That did not take long. Cookie rang the triangle and shouted his best but in the end he sent the kid to roust all but the closest to him. Rance joined young Wheeler in the line, a bit out of the wind, but mostly in it for the moment. It seemed calmer up by the wagon.   "That had ta be bad back there. The wind drivin' the dust an' the smell, but should this wind let up you'll be on flank, left flank, then right, then back to the drag. It'll be me, Dallas, an' Dixie. eatin' dust tomorrow. But at least we got hot grub, won't always be that'a way out here though, every trip is different."   And they moved up steadily. @Bongo
    • "Nothing to discuss? I am surprised, Jonah. Why, if we have time for breakfast, there will be much to discuss regarding the hospital as well as the start of the orphanage. Hopefully that the railroad will be completed, or close to it by then." She smiled brightly. "Things will be different by then."   "My hope is that we get through all of this without my fathers interference causing delays, or real problems with the builders. You know we could get well into October before the snow flies, but I'm not counting on that. The winter will stop construction until the thaw." She stated, but the smile was still there, "But it will be well underway!" @Bongo
    • "Pleased ta meet ya, Rance."  Justus gave the man a nod, then lined up with the others for grub.  Maybe he could get some sleep despite the wind.  He surely was tired enough, and until there was something that concerned him, he didn't need to be concerned.   First, though, a full belly!  As the line progressed, he he nodded to the kid who was the cook's help.  "Times like this, I bet yer glad ya don't have ta be on th' downwind end of a herd'a cows!"   @Flip
    • "It's good to know you'll have the best working on the project, you've come this far, you don't need to risk the quality with less than the best working on it."  Even though he had no doubt that the crew would be excellent, it was reassuring to know that the man hand picked for the job would actually be on site overseeing it.  That way, too, he'd be there if Leah needed to discuss anything with him, and Jonah had a good feeling that was going to happen!   He grinned and took a sip of coffee.  "Just think, this time next year it will all be over!  We'll have a fine hospital with the best equipment...and nothing to discuss over breakfast!"   @Flip  

Recommended Posts

Mature Content: Nope

With:
Location: Main Street locations
When: April 1876
Time of Day: Time of Day Morning.

 

content-divider.png

 

The day had started for Marshal  Henry 'Speed" Guyer just before daylight, as it generally did. He had a good bit of work to do in his capacity as town Marshal, and as owner-operator of Wood and Guyer Mineral Company, Kalispell office.  There were applications to have a look at for positions from office staff to field operators. All that without a sacrifice to his duties for the town. That had been the agreement with the Town Council when his request to operate a business in town limits had been submitted.

 

Of course he would seek reelection,confident he could mange both positions without conflict of interest.  The job of County Sheriff would of course, be on the ballot, but he had no desire to be all over the county whenever the need arose, and it would, more often than not. Even though there was little to no trouble in Kalispell, with the coming presentation of the plans for the hospital and later, the orphanage, he wanted to be on hand to see just how that would unfold.

 

The current edition of the Union was sparse on names or details, he was well aware of Miss Steelgrave and her plans. Also there were two medical men involved, both prominent in their own right, Doc Boone a bit more well known, and Jonah Danforth with an established practice and reputation. but it was clear that Leah Steelgrave would be a different problem. Yet, had she not presented the town with the deeds for the right of way for the railroad? had her efforts not exemplified  honesty and good will? And then there were the grants she had secured. With those, all she need to do was sign the grants over, but, would it be that simple?

TBC

Edited by Flip (see edit history)
Link to comment

As he thought of Miss Steelgraves dilemma, if it was in fact a dilemma, he began to see that things really were changing for Kalispell. Of course the proposed railroad had not started because of the winter, and might not reach Kalispell for a couple of years, given the heavy winters construction would encounter.

 

The Council meeting would sole all of this, or set the stage for a fight, in court or otherwise as there would be several players involved, both for and against.

 

"Boss," Pronto's voice broke Speeds train of thought. "Be ridin' out to the property with Em fer a bit."

 

Speed looked up to the ma on his roan horse, "Take your time, I'm headed to the bank then rounds and back to the office. Should be a quiet day, so take your time, knowing she wants to see what's been done."

 

"Thanks, see ya when I git back." With that he wheeled his mount and headed to the livery to meet Emily.

 

Speed smiled, it had been some turnaround for the former ranger to find a place in the community, a woman to share life with, and relatively no problems to speak of. Of course he was headed into what Speed considered dangerous ground siding with Leah Steelgrave, but then, wasn't he as well? 

 

He arrived at the bank, knowing there had been some changes in management . He turned the white porcelain knob and stepped inside.

 

Tag @JulieS

Link to comment

Charles had just stepped out his office at the same time, the marshal came into the bank.  He motioned to Luke that he would take care of it.  It had been a few days since he had taken over the bank and the transition had been smooth.  Luke Johnson, the bank's main teller was proving to be as good as Croft said he would be.  Maybe in a year or two when the town was a little bigger, and when Luke had more experience, he would like at promoting the young man.  To what position, he wasn't quite sure yet but it would definitely be a step up from the job of teller.

 

As for the rest of the staff which consisted of two part-time tellers who worked at one or two days per week depending how busy things got.  At the moment, Charles was content to leave things the way Croft had them but later on when he understood more about the town, the bank and its customers, he would be making changes.  For now that was in the future, and at present, he had the marshal to meet.

 

Walking over to the marshal, they met halfway across the bank lobby.  "Good morning, marshal.  Allow me to introduce myself.  Charles Wentworth Sr."

 

He held out his hand and waited for the marshal to respond.

 

@Flip

Link to comment

Walking over to the marshal, they met halfway across the bank lobby.  "Good morning, marshal.  Allow me to introduce myself.  Charles Wentworth Sr."

 

He held out his hand and waited for the marshal to respond.

 

“Guyer, Henry Guyer, folks call me Speed.”  Speed announced gripping the man’s hand. “Heard there’d be a change. Welcome to the community Mister Wentworth. I’ve come to open a business account in addition to my regular account.”

 

Tag @JulieS

Link to comment

Charles nodded, "Yes, the change was very unexpected, even for me. Let's go to my office and we can discuss your new account."

 

Upon entering the manager's office, Charles showed the marshal to his seat and then he took his own on the other side of the desk.  "I've been going through the files of the local businesses around so that I can get familiar with what's what and who's who.  I have your file right here."

 

Rifling through the stack of files on his desk, Charles soon found the one he was looking for.  Opening it, he briefly perused it before looking at the marshal, "The former owner, Mr. Croft spoke highly of you and your business.  From what I've read so far, it looks very promising."

 

@Flip

 

Link to comment

"Well I'd say that at the moment, promise is about all it's got." Speed said with a smile. "Got to get some employees on board to get things rolling. Glad to hear that Mister Croft though so highly of the idea." People were aware  that the Marshal had connections with his firm in New York, but the truth was, Speed was a tad slow on the uptake for the business.

 

"Wood and Guyer Mineral Company. Sometimes called Mining Company, depends on the locale. We locate mineral deposits and begin the process of ownership.  We also are on the lookout for other minerals, timber is a part of the business, though we don't actually get involved with developing  the mines, or logging, we get things going and then sell." He smiled, "So we need an account that will handle not just wages, but expenses as well."

 

Tag @JulieS

Link to comment

"Sounds good.  We can open an account now."  Charles leaned over to another stack of papers, found the relevant form and then handed it over to the marshal.

 

"It's a good thing, I'm going through all the bank's paperwork to make sure everything is up to scratch, " he said with a smile.

 

As he waited for Guyer to fill out the form, he leaned back in his chair a little.  There were a number of things he wanted to know about the town and in particular Leah Steelgrave.  Even though, he now owned the bank, the town council still wanted to look into the possibility of building the hospital without her input.  If that wasn't possible then they needed to work out some sort of proposition that would allow the town council to takeover the project in the event of Miss Steelgrave reconciling with her father.  There were many options to consider and he had promised to help find the one most suitable.

 

"Marshal, when you've finished with that, there are a couple of questions I would like to ask you about the town and some of its residents.  I hope you won't mind answering them."

 

@Flip

 

Link to comment

"Marshal, when you've finished with that, there are a couple of questions I would like to ask you about the town and some of its residents.  I hope you don't mind answering them."


“Questions? Not at all.”  He replied, “There, finished. Now, what can I do for you. Mind, I’m no busy body but I know folks around here well enough.” To Speed the man’s interest in his new community was a real plus. Especially when he ran the bank and everyone’s financial situation who had money in the bank.

 

“You’ve picked a fairly peaceable community to call home. Not too many problems where the law has been called, and that’s a good sign for anyone wanting to re-locate here. Of course the area has it’s problems, as all towns do, but nothing that can’t be overcome."

 

Tag @JulieS

 

Link to comment

Charles nodded, "As a banker, you have to know the difference between a good and a bad risk. So, I like to find out as much as can about those I may have to deal with.  I'm after is a general opinion of what the law in town thinks.  All I ask is that you be honest in your opinion and hold nothing back."

 

Picking up the form, Guyer had just filled out, Charles went over to the office door and opened it.  He called for Luke to come over and gave him the form.  After asking him to take care of the formalities, he closed the door and returned to his chair.

 

Leaning slightly forward, he looked straight at the marshal's face, "What can you tell me about the Steelgraves?"

 

@Flip

Link to comment

Charles nodded, "As a banker, you have to know the difference between a good and a bad risk. So, I like to find out as much as can about those I may have to deal with.  I'm after is a general opinion of what the law in town thinks.  All I ask is that you be honest in your opinion and hold nothing back."


“Of the town? That won’t be too difficult.” Speed replied. And it would not. Kalispell was pretty much a quiet town, filled with hard working folks, which included the immigrants from Whitefish. They had made themselves right at home and a valued part of the community.
 

Picking up the form, Guyer had just filled out, Charles went over to the office door and opened it.  He called for Luke to come over and gave him the form.  After asking him to take care of the formalities, he closed the door and returned to his chair.

 

Leaning slightly forward, he looked straight at the marshal's face, "What can you tell me about the Steelgraves?"


‘Ah right to the crux of the matter.’ He thought to himself. “Of the whole family, not a great deal. I do know that Missus Steelgrave left the country, supposedly for Saint Louis, but that’s hearsay. She did leave however. Of his boys very little, except for Case Steelgrave who was Marshal up to Whitefish before it was destroyed in a storm last winter. Fire actually.” He paused a moment, “Which leaves us with Elias and his daughter Leah.”

 

Tag @JulieS

Link to comment

"I've heard some about the troubles between the Steelgraves and the Thorntons.  Most people that I've talked to speak very highly about the Thorntons but in a way some of it could be seen as being a biased since three of them work for them.  What I'm after is an unbiased opinion and I figure the law would have to be one.  I plan to ask others but I want to know what you think of Elias and in particular, his daughter and if you think that there is any possibility that she is working for her father or is it as some say that there is an estrangement."

 

He paused for a moment, and smiled a little, "I'm sorry for all of the questions but I am interested in knowing what the state of affairs in the Steelgrave family are. The town council has asked me to look into the matter before they make a final recommendation.  They believe I can form more fair judgement of the situation since I am new in town and have no pre-conceptions."

 

@Flip

Link to comment

"I've heard some about the troubles between the Steelgraves and the Thorntons.  Most people that I've talked to speak very highly about the Thorntons but in a way some of it could be seen as being a biased since three of them work for them.  What I'm after is an unbiased opinion and I figure the law would have to be one.  I plan to ask others but I want to know what you think of Elias and in particular, his daughter and if you think that there is any possibility that she is working for her father or is it as some say that there is an estrangement."


“Well yes, there is some bad blood between the two families, as one would expect when a Steelgrave was killed by a Thornton, but, to this point it seems to be on a low boil.” Speed responded, based on what knowledge he had of the feud. “At this point, the reasoning matters very little.”

 

“Now Elias Steelegrave seems to be secluded on the Evergreen, sending riders in for supplies as needed. He had control, to a large degree, in Whitefish, whose destruction I’m sure you’ve heard about.” He added.

 

He paused for a moment, and smiled a little, "I'm sorry for all of the questions but I am interested in knowing what the state of affairs in the Steelgrave family are. The town council has asked me to look into the matter before they make a final recommendation.  They believe I can form more fair judgement of the situation since I am new in town and have no pre-conceptions."


There it was, the Town Council, Leah, and the right of way for the railroad. “Leah Steelgrave is in no way in league with her father. I’m not sure just what you may have been told about her. Estrangement is to my understanding, a mild way to put their relationship. And let me add this, having seen the documentation first hand, the woman single handedly went to Helena and wangled not just the right of way, but grants as well. She gave the right of way deeds to the town, and simply asked for some property to build a hospital and an orphanage, which would also benefit the town. Now it seems, the town wants to renege on the deal, so they have asked you to investigate Miss Steelgrave and give them a way out.”

 

Tag @JulieS

Link to comment

"I'm of the understanding that no deal has been reached and they are looking at their options before they present the project to the town for a vote," Charles frowned, "This is beginning to look like a very complicated matter."

 

He tapped his fingers on his desk for a few seconds before continuing, "From my own experience, I know that having a respected name can get you into a lot of places.  Even if Miss Steelgrave achieved getting right of way and the grants on her own, there would be those who only agreed to it because of her name and her father.  As for Elias Steelgrave, he sounds like the type to go and find another door if one is locked to him.  The Whitefish door is now closed and the Kalispell one is wide open.  If he has any designs on this town, he will use any means to get what he wants, including reconciling with his daughter, who now holds one of the keys."

 

A knock at the door alerted him to the fact that Luke had now finished opening up the marshal's new account.  Standing up, he smiled apologetically at Guyer, "All I can say is that i will need a lot more information about this before I make a recommendation to the town council."

 

@Flip

Link to comment

 "I'm of the understanding that no deal has been reached and they are looking at their options before they present the project to the town for a vote," Charles frowned, "This is beginning to look like a very complicated matter."


“Oh, you are correct there was no deal in place. Personally, sir, it’s not complicated at all. Miss Steelgrave got the right of way and presented it to Judge Ben Robertson for the town, the right of way deeds are already in the name of Kalispell Montana.” Speed stated accurately.
 

He tapped his fingers on his desk for a few seconds before continuing, "From my own experience, I know that having a respected name can get you into a lot of places.  Even if Miss Steelgrave achieved getting right of way and the grants on her own, there would be those who only agreed to it because of her name and her father.  As for Elias Steelgrave, he sounds like the type to go and find another door if one is locked to him.  The Whitefish door is now closed and the Kalispell one is wide open.  If he has any designs on this town, he will use any means to get what he wants, including reconciling with his daughter, who holds one of the keys."


“I don’t understand you, sir. Leah Steelgrave does not hold any keys to control Kalispell, or it’s destiny. That would be the Town Council who hold all of the keys. But of course you are certainly free to believe whatever you like. Elias Steelgrave has no part in her plans.”  
 

A knock at the door alerted him to the fact that Luke had now finished opening up the marshal's new account.  Standing up, he smiled apologetically at Guyer, "All I can say is that i will need a lot more information about this before I make a recommendation to the town council."


“Thank you about the account, that will make doing business for my business much simpler and apart from my personal one. As far as Leah Steelgrave is concerned, you needn’t worry about her designs for Kalispell, I can tell you, she has none, save for building a hospital today and an orphanage tomorrow.” Speed explained. He did not like what this felt like.

 

Tag @JulieS

Link to comment

Charles raised an eyebrow at the marshal's response.  He hadn't expected the man to be so defensive of Miss Steelgrave.  Having already heard some things about the lady that were both good and bad, Charles surmised that the town was indeed divided in their opinions of her.  It looked like the marshal was in the camp of those who admired her.

 

"Well, it seems that we are at an impasse about Miss Steelgrave and what her intentions," he said solemnly, "I do have one more question and that is, do you think Leah Steelgrave is truly her father's daughter or is she something else entirely?"

 

@Flip

Link to comment

Guyer though a moment, smiled and said, “Her fathers daughter? She seems to be her own woman, but what I think you might do is, next time she’s in, talk to her. Ask her the questions about her plans. I should think that her obtaining the right of way and having it put in the towns name would speak well enough for her, but then I’m not trying to deny her the trade either.”

 

There was a pause as he looked at the new bank President. “No disrespect you understand, just trying to figure out why anyone would be against a hospital. Especially the Town Council.”

 

Tag @JulieS

Link to comment

"No, that is a fair question.  I'm not against a hospital and the town council aren't either.  What they are against is a Steelgrave running or being the power behind it.  They asked to get an impartial view of the situation and to determine if there is another motive behind it.  There are a lot of questions that they want answered before they put it to the town for a vote."

 

Charles paused for a moment.  The scepticism that Leah Steelgrave did this for purely philantropic reasons was running high.  Considering the bad blood and the reputation of the Steelgraves, he didn't blame them.  Part of him was also wondering why all of a sudden the woman decided that the town needed a hospital and an orphanage.  He, himself had been in towns a lot larger than Kalispell and they had no hospitals.

 

"I'm sorry, if I put you at a disadvantage.  All I am trying to get is the both sides of the story and I do plan on talking to Miss Steelgrave.  The last thing the town council wants is for all of this negatively effect the town."

Link to comment
  • 3 months later...

"Oh, no disadvantage, Mister Wentworth." Speed responded, " I can see your point, as well as theirs on this matter. What I fail to understand here is the balking at a property exchange. It would seem to me that the right of ways she has presented in the name of the town would be a sufficient  incentive to make the land trade, certainly the town gets more than it gives."

 

Or that was the way Speed saw it. There was much more property involved with the right of way land grants than in her request  for property for her project. "I see no negative effect on the town with the construction of the hospital, or the orphanage, but then again, I might not be looking at it through the same lens as the Town Council."

@JulieS

Link to comment
  • JulieS locked this topic
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×
×
  • Create New...