“You could go back to being dead.”

Northtown Banner ©Jack BoardmanAuthor’s Note: Most of the Boardman Family History below are facts from my family genealogy—Silas, however, was never a town marshal—anywhere.

Season 14—Adventure 5—Northtown—Episode 2—Scene 1… The Town Marshal’s Office—Southtown… “How may I help you, old-timer?” The town marshal, Silas Boardman, asked the stranger.

“Old timer indeed—Great Granddad! I’m the grandson of Odessa DeWitt Boardman,” the rather distinguished looking gentleman replied, “You’re going to need my help.”

“You’re older than I am—you’re a liar!”

“Oh yeah?” the man laughed, “By now Jane Elizabeth has divorced you and run-off with a man 20 years her junior.” Continue reading

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“Welcome to Northtown, folks.”

Northtown Banner ©Jack BoardmanSeason 14—Adventure 5—Northtown—Episode 1—Scene 1… Aboard a 19th Century RR car… With Juco outside—the fugitive McGinty and his gang found themselves aboard a 19th Century train headed—SOMEWHERE! Somewhere they shouldn’t have been able to go—NORTHTOWN (mainly because, GENTLE READER, someone—who might be me—drew connecting roads to Northtown).

Aboard a 19th Century railcar ©Jack BoardmanAboard a 19th Century RR car… Continue reading

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The unexpected return of Juco

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 9—Scene 1… Inside McGinty’s rented townhome… McGinty, Anders, Sam & Susie Jones and Thomas & Rand Paulos were all present when THE call came in: “We were set-up! Surrounded by cops!”

“We gotta get outa here!” Sam Jones pretty-well summed-up what his compatriots were thinking.

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“We got GUNS this time—right?” Joey cracked-wise.

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 7—Scene 1… Outside Silverthorn’s Café… Boomer, Sarah & Jay paused outside of Silverthorn’s Café long enough to ensure McGinty & Anders had a good look at “Strider,” before Boomer drove away.

Instead of leaving, Sarah and Jay went back into the café to delay the departure of their new friends long enough to prevent them from following. Continue reading

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The assassination of the Sheriff?

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 8—Scene 1… Rural Moosehead County… Sheriff Boomer couldn’t help but notice there was an unusual amount of traffic on Moosehead County Road 65—that black Mustang had been driving ahead of him for the last ten miles, and he’d seen that ’56 Buick before—at least twice.

Clearly—he was being followed.

And too—he’d seen a black 40s era Chevrolet a couple of times, as well. Continue reading

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Sheriff Boomer baits the Hook

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 6—Scene 1… Silverthorn’s Café… The Coopers and Boomer paid no obvious attention to McGinty & Anders as they walked to the counter and after the usual “Hi—how are ya?” exchange with Hiram Silverthorn, place their respective orders.

McGinty & Anders, however, paid attention to their presence. Continue reading

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“Are you out of your mind?”

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 5—Scene 1… Inside the Jail… “I found Martha in Pierre, South Dakota and asked her if she would like a little adventure in her life.”

“This Dog-Person scared the livin’ daylights out of me when she first spoke,” Martha added, “I ‘bout jumped out of my skin!”

“You said the ‘M-Word,’ as if it was certain, Martha,” Jimmy Hickok replied, “How can you be so certain?” Continue reading

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Martha ‘Calamity Jane” Canary

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 4—Scene 1… The corridor outside the Sheriff’s Office… “Where?”

“Yes, Boomer,” Chris replied, “Where in the past can we send them?”

“Nowhere.”

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“That ain’t possible!”

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 3—Scene 1… County Sheriff’s office… Of COURSE Chris and Wyatt chose Wilcox as their first victim of interrogation—why wouldn’t they?

“Would you like some coffee, Mr. Wilcox?” Chris asked—smiling, “We have some fresh brewed—Sheriff Boomer insists on stocking the best beans.”

“Uh; sure, why not?” He replied, “But I still ain’t gonna tell you nuthin’.” Continue reading

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“We ain’t got nothin’ t’say…”

Season 14—Adventure 4—Gangsters—Episode 2—Scene 1… In Silverthorn’s Café… McGinty & Anders lingered after the meeting—slowly becoming aware that they had much in common: A disdain for federal, state, and local regulations that simply made it too difficult for businesses to survive—much less prosper. What neither seemed to realize was that those self-same regulations only affected small businesses.

Large corporations—the multi-national corporations—had all sorts of benefits that small businesses did not—but, GENTLE READER, that has no real bearing on our story-line. We’ll leave that to REAL WORLD folks to ponder.

McGinty & Anders lingered after the meeting ©Jack BoardmanMcGinty & Anders lingered after the meeting

They didn’t immediately notice Sheriff Boomer, Joey Jerkowitz, Debra Wennen Miller and Lacey Dalton-Shouse arrive. That may have been because the sheriff was out of uniform—sort of. They were wearing their Historic Air Force outfits, as they were heading to Danger Bay Airfield after breakfast for a bit of flying—formation flying practice.

Debra Joey Lacey & Boomer arrived at Silverthorn’s Café ©Jack BoardmanThey were wearing their Historic Air Force outfits

McGinty worried that he might be recognized and said in a low voice, “That’s the county sheriff; I wonder what he’s doing here?”

“Why would you worry about that? I suspect he’s a regular customer.”

“Perhaps,” McGinty replied very quietly, “But I was told he was dead—and here he is.”

“And the people who allegedly killed him?”

“I sent them on a long vacation.”

“Have you heard from them?”

“No. Then again—I didn’t expect to hear from them until they returned.”

“And if they returned?”

“I would send a team to ‘visit’ them.”

They spoke quietly—so quietly that only an expert lipreader could know what was being said.

Lacey Dalton-Shouse was just that.

Episode 2—Scene 2… At the Moosehead County Jail… Chris & Wyatt interviewed Hazard Wilcox, Chauncey Fenster, Samuel Smith, and Edward Larson in a group—mostly to determine who the straw-boss might be.

And who might be the weakest among them.

You may not realize this—GENTLE READER—while both Chris and Wyatt are more than capable gun-handlers—both are also experts in reading people’s faces. Chris determined quickly that Wilcox was the weak link, “Okay gentlemen, we’ll now have a little chat—privately—with each of you.”

“We ain’t got nothin’ t’say,” Wilcox, completely unaware he used a double-negative, implying they indeed had something to say.

Chris & Wyatt interviewed Wilcox and Company ©Jack Boardman“We ain’t got nothin’ t’say”

And he would sing like an opera’s fat lady.

To be CONTINUED…

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