Previously: “Lar has a new/old pick-up for me—your mom and I are tired of sharing a car, so Lar rebuilt a ’58 Ford pick-up for me.”
They were soon at the Eagle Point Community Center—and almost as quickly on their way to Forest City—armed with the official annexation document, a document that did two things: it officially made the Forest Ojibwe Band part of the Eagle Point Band, and by treaty, eliminated Forest County.
“Can I drive, Pop, can I, can I?
Adventure Eight—Forest County—Episode Three… “Only if you are careful,” Hiram laughed, “Y’know there’s several vehicles to choose from—and any one could have your name on it in Uncle Medlar’s garage.”
Save for a few people hanging-out at the two gas stations, Forest City was a ghost town.
The Silverthorns pulled up at the Forest City Casino, “So we own this now?”
“Yes we do, Sam. Aren’t you thrilled?”
“Thrilled, Pop? More like apprehensive.”
As expected, US Marshal Hiram Silverthorn, Jr, pulled-up at the casino—just as Hiram, Sr., and Sam finished inspecting inside, “Howdy Pop, Sam. What do you think—can you make this happen?”
“We believe so,” Sam replied, “But this yellow house has to come down.”
“Why? It looks historic—and you know how the county frowns upon tearing-down historic buildings.”
“Minicucci used it as a back room for his operations, and tore out load-supporting walls—it is well-beyond rehabilitation,” Hiram, Sr. replied, “In fact, I’m surprised it hasn’t collapsed already.”
“I’ll order the tear-down immediately,” Hiram was thinking just how good a fine Summit ale would taste about now—that old house was dry and dust-coated, “C’mon, let’s go to Johnson’s.”
Bear & Buck* were alone in Johnson’s when they arrived, “Customers?”
“Indeed—customers, I’m Ahanu-Ahiga Silverthorn**, but you may call me Hiram. These two are my sons—Hiram, Jr., & Samuel.”
“What can we do for you?” Bear asked.
“You may draw three Oatmeal Stouts, and then tell us what’s been going-on here since the casino closed.”
Buck, working behind the counter drew 3 pints of Summit “Oatmeal Stout” and placed them on the counter, “Nothing, really. The casino employed a lot of people.”
“You fellas are not of the Forest County Res, are you?”
“No, we are Dakotah—from the Dakotas,” Bear cracked-wise, “You Ojibwe may have run us out in the 1800s—but we’re sneaky.”
“As a member of the Eagle Point Band of Ojibwe,” Hiram also cracked-wise, “We will allow you to remain on our lands.”
“Moreover,” Samuel added, “We welcome you to the Eagle Point Band of Ojibwe Reservation.”
“Forest County Reservation has been annexed,” Hiram, Jr. added, “Soon, so too will be Forest County.”
“Wait—WHAT?” Buck exclaimed.
To be continued…
*[Uzumanti- (Grizzly-Bear) “Bear” & Tatonga- (Large Deer) “Buck” Johnson]
**[Ahanu-Ahiga (He Laughs-He Fights)]