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Name Ezra Hale
Position Ranch Foreman
Second Position Storytellers
|Aliases||Birth Name: Ezra Herrick Hale
Nicknames: Ez (p. Eh-zz), Easy, EZ
Double L Ranch
Kalispell, Montana Territory
The Hales live in the foreman's ranch house in Chogun Valley. It is on the lake and has grown from the original cabin to a comfortably rambling ranch house.
The Rocking H Ranch
Kalispell, Montana Territory
The Hales have homesteaded a small spread east of Kalispell although they have continued to reside on the Double L and manage it for the Harpers. Their eldest son and his wife live on the Rocking H full time and manage it.
|Employment||Lost Lake Ranch (Double L)
Position: Ranch Foreman (Manager)
|Professional Skills||- Animal Husbandry
- Cowboy Skills
- Ranch maintenance and management
|Self Defense||Ezra learned basic self-defense skills from the school of hard knocks and a lifetime lived west of the Mississippi River. Despite his age, he is good in a fist fight and a good shot. Ezra is not the fastest gun in the West, but he hits his target more often than he misses. He is known as a man that shouldn't be trifled with.|
|Hobbies & Interests||- Reading (likes action novels and Penny Dreadfuls), but reads the classics as well.
- Fishing and hunting.
- Horses; there is little that Ez doesn't know about horses. He loves everything about them.
Personality & Traits
|Character Traits||- Loyal
- Straight forward
- Strong moral center
|General Personality||Ezra Hale is known as a straight-shooter. He deals fairly and honestly with people and feels there is much less effort involved in being truthful than in lying. If he promises to deliver ten prime beef cows to the army at Fort Kalispell, they will get ten of the finest animals he can cut from the herd. If someone crosses him or is underhanded in their dealing, he doesn't forget it.
Mixed in with being fair-minded and honest to a fault, Ezra is also kind. He believes men and women are entitled to make honest mistakes and learn from them. Children are given equal amounts of love and discipline. Ezra is a strong family man and loving, faithful husband to Kathryn.
|Spouse||Kathryn Rebecca Hale
Maiden Name: Kathryn Rebecca Collins
|Children||Nathan Hale (Nate; eldest son)
Judith Hale (Daughter-in-law; married to Nate)
Corinne Hale Seward (Eldest daughter, lives in Texas)
Marshall Seward (Son-in-law; married to Corinne)
- Robert Christopher Hale
- Jonathan Hale (named after John Caleb Harper)
- Victoria Hale
Details on the Hale children and grandchildren will be added as needed.
Friends & Foes
|Personal History||Ezra Herrick Hale was born in St. Louis Missouri. His father was the captain and owner of a passenger riverboat that plied the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. This gave Ezra a taste for travel and exploration. His mother was a highly educated woman that had taught in some of the finest women's schools in the Eastern United States. She made sure Ezra was equally well-educated.
He attended Colombia University in New York where he earned degrees in history and literature. After his graduation, Ezra joined the army where he learned the skill of surveying. In time, his orders took him west of the Mississippi and he fell in love with the Big Open. After several years in the service, Ezra left the army for a job as a wagon train scout. He was soon promoted to wagon master.
During his time with the wagon train, he met and fell in love with the beautiful and vivacious Kathryn Collins. After their marriage, Ezra decided it was time to stop wandering. He and Kate decided to move north to the newly opened Montana Territory. They had only been in Hell Gate for a few days when they met John Caleb Harper. He was looking to hire men for the ranch, preferably those with wives who could help with the house. Although Ezra was inexperienced when it came to cattle ranching, his vast store of knowledge regarding the western territories impressed Caleb Harper and he hired him on the spot.
Ezra quickly worked his way up to top hand and then foreman while Kate divided her time between working the ranch and helping Isadora Harper manage the household. All of Ezra and Kate's children were born on the ranch and Kate was there to help deliver Isadora's second son, Jess. Although they now have a nice little spread of their own, Ezra and Kate continue to work for the Harpers at Lost Lake Ranch.
|General Notes||The Hales have been at the Double L since the 1840s.|
|Animals & Pets||Solomon (Quarter Horse)
Color: Appaloosa (red roan)
Temperament: Well-mannered, spirited.
|Character Concept||The character is loosely based on Christopher Hale from the television series, Wagon Train. He is an older and very honorable man who has been with the Harpers for many years. This makes him a great device for bringing family history into the actual story. He can provide information that the long-absent Jess would not know, details about Chance and Regina, etc.|