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With: Alice & Amos
Location: The Ranch
When: April/24/ 1875
Time of Day: Early Afternoon

 

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It was a nice day, and Addy was enjoying the drive out of town, not that she ever didn't for the most part, so long as it wasn't snowing or pelting down rain!  But it was Spring now, and although still cool, the snow was melting and the fields and hillsides were starting to blossom with color...the most beautiful time of year!

 

Of course, the roads were fairly muddy because of the snow melt and recent rains, so Addy had opted for a four-up hitch to deal with any extra burden the boggy roads might put on her team.  The harness was jingling merrily, and Addy was singing a lively, albeit a bit off-key tune.

 
"I wanted much to go to war,
And went to be examined;
The surgeon looked me o'er and o'er,
My back and chest he hammered.
Said he, "You're not the man for me,
Your lungs Are much affected,
And likewise both your eyes are cock'd,
And otherwise defected."

 

So, now I'm with the Invalids,
And cannot go and fight, sir!
The doctor told me so, you know,
Of course it must be right, sir!"
 
Finally reaching her destination, she turned into the drive, pulled her team of Belgians to a stop, then set the brake and hopped to the ground and called out, "Delivery's here!"
 
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Alice had seen the wagon coming from a distance, and for a change, she did not have the Henry repeater in her hands as she came out of the house. That it was a woman driving took her just a bit off guard. Stepping outside the woman was standing by the wagon, loaded with her furnishings, such as they were.
 

“Morning. I’m Alice Fletcher, thanks for coming out, we’ve needed these things.” Alice said with a smile. “Hard sleeping on a pallet on the floor when you know you’ve a bed.”


“What sort of town is Kallispell, Pa never said much about it. Wasn’t sure if he’d even spent any time there, just made the deal on this place and headed back to the boom in Virginia City. Then winter hit.” She spoke as she took down a chair, setting it on the ground as there was no sense carrying in one chair at a time.


“I wished Pa was here, he’s gone to town, seems the Marshal has a mining concern so he went to see what that was about, maybe sign on if it appeals to him.” She explained as they began taking more of the furnishings off of the wagon. “What sort is he? I met him just after the war, he’d saved my Pa’s life. Seemed a decent sort, but men change In this country.” She had decided to ride in and see him, since they were acquainted, but Addy could give her information in advance, if he could, and if she would.

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"Mornin', Miz Alice."  Addy nodded, touching the brim of her hat in greeting.  "Good ta meet ya, an' yer right, better ta sleep on a nice bed, an' I just happen ta have that!"

 

Grinning, she started unloading the wagon, pleased that the other woman was willing to pitch in and help.  There were those ladies who thought that they were too delicate to help out with such things, which was far from the truth.  And it was good, practical sense to take everything off the wagon first, then put it in the house in a logical order.

 

“I wished Pa was here, he’s gone to town, seems the Marshal has a mining concern so he went to see what that was about, maybe sign on if it appeals to him.”

 

"Sounds like too much work," Addy commented with a wry grin.  "An' so far off, can't mind both."  She knew that Barnabas Pike had a mine somewhere, too, or interest in one, but she didn't know how it worked that you had property in a whole other territory.   "Ya talkin' 'bout Speed Guyer?"

 

“What sort is he? I met him just after the war, he’d saved my Pa’s life. Seemed a decent sort, but men change In this country.”

 

"Can't say as how he was before," Addy commented, setting rails for a bed by the chairs, "but he's th' best sort there is, I reckon."  She shrugged.  "I'd trust th' man with my life, an' good counsel, too.  I count him as a friend, an' a good boon to th' city."

 

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Alice looked at the woman a long moment. “You don’t say, that is quite an endorsement. And his wife, I suppose he’s be married by now.” She fished. His marital status would determine how she could approach him.” She looked at the table and grabbed it by the legs, pulling it toward her. To hear he was much the same as the man she had met so long ago was good news because she had always liked him. It seemed like romantic notions, and it may well have been, but then too, he would be a fast friend, married or not


“And the town, what sort is it? I haven’t had the chance to go in as yet, but plan to once I get this place together. I know some are rough and tumble, and I suppose that’s to be expected out here, but then a couple of places I’ve been were not.” She liked this woman, it was evident that what one saw was what one got. It was how she chose live life, it was much easier that way was her theory. “We get this unloaded, if you’ve the time, I’ve got some coffee on.”


She knew that she could learn a lot about the people and the area from Addy and her council would be of value going forward. Having knowledge would insure she had a read on the climate in Kalispell. That would be important as she became acquainted with he town. She wouldn’t always be out here on the ranch.

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"Coffee's always much appreciated," Addy declared with a grin and a nod as she helped with the table.  "Got some right pretty things here, oughta make a good home."  She was still working on furnishing her new home, although Jay was making some of the things, and she was used to living in a single room with just a bed, table and a couple of chairs.

 

"Far as I know," she explained, "Speed Guyer ain't married."  She shrugged, then chuckled.  "Well, 'less he's got her hid real good!  An' Kallispell ain't a bad place, 'bout what ya'd expect out here.  It's growin', th' seat of th' territory, so it has plenty'a amenities. Folks there is good, too.  Oh, there's rascals, a'course, an' th' Steelgraves bear watchin', but there's worse places, that's certain!"

 

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"Coffee's always much appreciated," Addy declared with a grin and a nod as she helped with the table.  "Got some right pretty things here, oughta make a good home."  She was still working on furnishing her new home, although Jay was making some of the things, and she was used to living in a single room with just a bed, table and a couple of chairs.


“Well I have gathered over the years. We’ve enough for two rooms and the parlor and kitchen. Was married once, now a widow, but I’m in no rush to marry.” She gave a knowing smile to Addy. “Men are sometimes far more trouble than they are worth.”
 

"Far as I know," she explained, "Speed Guyer ain't married."  She shrugged, then chuckled.  "Well, 'less he's got her hid real good!  An' Kallispell ain't a bad place, 'bout what ya'd expect out here.  It's growin', th' seat of th' territory, so it has plenty'a amenities. Folks there is good, too.  Oh, there's rascals, a'course, an' th' Steelgraves bear watchin', but there's worse places, that's certain!"

 

“Steelgraves?" She quizzed. “Are they a bad lot? Rustlers and the like, that’s the reason for the Henry by the door. Of course we don’t have the herd we plan on having.” She had a vague feeling of longing for the success of the ranch, and for a better, far less dangerous, life for her father. He was getting up in years and tracking men for a living could not go on much longer.

 

“So there are good, hard working, folks in Kalispell, as well as gentlemen and ladies.” She surmised, perhaps a town not as rowdy as Virginia City, or Bannack or too many to remember outside of Montana. “I’ll have to get over there and have a look. Come on in, we can drag a chair in and have some coffee.”

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"Ain't much ta see," Addy chuckled as she helped carry the chair in, then settled for coffee.  "Can't say on Virginia City, been past Alder Gulch, but never did stop at Virginia City, nor Nevada City, but Bannock..."  Shaking her head, she laughed.  "Kalispell ain't that rowdy...ain't no Saint Louis, but ya can walk th' streets at night without too much fear'a bein' molested.  'Course, reckon that's part due ta Marshal Guyer an' Deputy Pike.  As fer th' Steelgraves, they ain't rustlers, not so as anyone would know, just that Elias wants ta think he's Moses, Noah an' th' Messiah all in one!"

 

That summed most of it up!

 

"When ya do come in ta town, stop at th' Lickskillet, it's a great cafe run by a nice lady named Blakesley.  She has a way with pies, no disputin' that.  An' ya'd be welcome at my house, too.  Just bought it all proper, so I have a real place fer me an' Weedy ta live.  Ain't right havin' a boy livin' in a barn."  Then she quicky explained, "Boy's an orphan, so we're kin now."

 

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"Lickskillet, now there 's a name for you!" Alice exclaimed with a grin. "I doubt anyone passing thru would likely forget it." Now she was a hand in the kitchen, so hearing about this woman and her way with pies intrigued her. "I must go in town and stop at the cafe to sample the fare. The place sounds as interesting as Miss Blakesley."

 

"I'd be happy to drop around your place while I'm there as well. It would also give me a chance to see Marshal Guyer, maybe do a bit of shopping, window and otherwise. My Pa, Amos, he tries real hard, but after all, he 's a man, and men just have different priorities than we women. Don't you agree?"

 

Her smile was warm and sincere as she poured the coffee. "And, I must meet young Weedy, he sounds like a grand young fellow. I applaud you for taking him to care for. Not all the orphans in this country are so lucky. Montana, if not the west, is hard on people, be it ruffians, or Indians, or just living in general. Oh, and a Doctor, there is a physician in town, isn't there?"

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"Men'er a mystery, that's certain!" Addy agreed, picking up her coffee mug.  "Thank ya.  There's a couple'a nice shops in town, I reckon, not like th' big city, of course, but there's trinkets an' ready-made clothes and such."

 

The trinkets she could pretty much do without, but for Addy, the store-bought clothes were a godsend...she didn't sew, except for some mending, so it was worth a little extra to get decent clothes.

 

"There's docs in town."  She took a sip of coffee and smiled.  "Two'a 'em, old Doc Boone, an' some fancy Easterner.  They're workin' on establishin' a hospital in town, an' a orphanage, too.  Gonna be real good fer th' folks in th' territory, an' a place fer children...would not'a helped with Weedy, his ma was around until that big storm hit Whitefish last winter.  But he'd been stayin' with me mostly anyway, so now it's just a proper arrangement, so we got us a proper house."  And maybe a proper father for the boy as well!

 

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The trinkets she could pretty much do without, but for Addy, the store-bought clothes were a godsend...she didn't sew, except for some mending, so it was worth a little extra to get decent clothes.


“That is good to know. I sew, but then again, it’s a time consuming thing to make clothes for either one of us.” She confessed. “I mean to say that I can, and I do, mostly during the winter months when I’ve more time to devote to such things.
 

"There's docs in town."  She took a sip of coffee and smiled.  "Two'a 'em, old Doc Boone, an' some fancy Easterner.  They're workin' on establishin' a hospital in town, an' a orphanage, too.  Gonna be real good fer th' folks in th' territory, an' a place fer children...would not'a helped with Weedy, his ma was around until that big storm hit Whitefish last winter.  But he'd been stayin' with me mostly anyway, so now it's just a proper arrangement, so we got us a proper house."  And maybe a proper father for the boy as well!


“A hospital? What a grand idea!" She exclaimed. "And two medical men in town, there’s something one doesn’t see out here. Kalispell has no idea how fortunate they are in that respect, or maybe they do, I may have spoken out of turn, but my experience has been that people tend to take have a doc at all for granted.” She was smiling as she talked it was good to have another woman to talk with.


“And an orphanage? Good heavens, you have some industrious people in town there. And from what I know, and have seen and heard, both projects should be welcomed with open arms. I know if it were up to me, why I would accept their proposals with a large smile and a firm hand shake.”

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