“We ain’t givin’ up our guns!”

Northtown Banner ©Jack BoardmanSeason 14—Adventure 5—Northtown—Episode 8—Scene 1… McGinty & Anders hotel room… “We have as many as 30 experienced shootists coming,” McGinty said, “The first bunch should arrive today. Have you made arrangements with the hotel and rooming house?”

“Yes, and since they can’t accommodate all the men we’re expecting, I rented a half-dozen wall-tents.” Continue reading

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They were 10 experienced gunmen

Northtown Banner ©Jack BoardmanSeason 14—Adventure 5—Northtown—Episode 7—Scene 1… Just south of Southtown… Our heroes quickly pulled the (now deceased) gunslingers off the road and provided the unfortunate seven unmarked graves—they weren’t carrying driver’s licenses, after all, GENTLE READER.

“Now what?” Joey asked. Continue reading

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“My name is James Butler Hickok…”

Northtown Banner ©Jack BoardmanSeason 14—Adventure 5—Northtown—Episode 5—Scene 1… On the road… They were seven—not the MAGNIFICENT SEVENGENTLE READER—they were a good deal less than “magnificent.”

They were drifters, malcontent, and bullies, all. Continue reading

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“That horse can talk!”

Northtown Banner ©Jack BoardmanSeason 14—Adventure 5—Northtown—Episode 3—Scene 1… The Mean Streets of Southtown… “You see those fellas riding into town—they’re part of this storyline—you and I are not. We must leave, now!”

“But you said I had to make you my deputy.” Continue reading

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“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.

Continue reading

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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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