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Heather Gates, Ep. HG 6, Heather Saw The New Movie, Fargo

Updated on April 18, 2018
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The young ladies had their own transportion for Saturday night at the movies

1990 Chevy Pickup like the Kinne's had
1990 Chevy Pickup like the Kinne's had

Saturday night at the movies - Fargo

Saturday evenings were the time for doing fun things. On this particular Saturday evening in the middle of August, Heather and her friends, Karla and Kari Kinne, decided to go see the movie, “Fargo.” It had first been released in March, so had been written about in many of the magazines teenaged girls read as well as magazines and newspapers for the general public. It was a quirky film by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand and William H. Macy. That made it quirky and something to talk about by itself. However, this was said to be one of those movies you talked about more after you saw it even then before. They had decided to check it out.


Kari (pronounced Car-ee) was in Heather’s class in school. They had ridden the bus to school together since, well, forever. Karla was two years older than Kari, so she had her driver’s license. Their Dad, Kevin Kinne (pronounced Kin-ee), let them use the family’s red 1990 Chevy Pickup. So the three girls had their own transportation on a Saturday night, so long as their parents generally knew where they were going. The Kinne farm was a mile south of the Homeplace farm, on State Highway 37. That road ran along the west edge of the Homeplace square mile.The Kinne farm was also a Century Farm. The maternal Williams line had been traced to 1890 and earlier. Karla and Kari, along with Heather, were all active in the FFA (Future Farmers of America) as well. They were fortunate that the Oak Springs High School allowed young women to participate in FFA. They each had said it was their favorite class and activity.


After the movie, the girls stopped off at Plumblee’s Ice Cream Parlor, which was a popular gathering place for young folks on a late Saturday night. They continued their discussion of the quirky movie they had seen, especially the Fargo accents, the pregnant lady sheriff, and some of the more gory scenes. They all agreed they were glad to have seen it, but were not sure they cared to see another like it anytime soon. The Lyric Theater just got one new movie a week. They were lucky to have an open movie theater in town at all. Many of the rural small communities had lost their theaters along with many other conveniences over the years. Needing to drive up to an hour or more to a larger town was now normal to do what had been available in the home town a few years earlier. The coming of the community college campus had helped keep Oak Springs alive, folks were saying. But how long would it last?

The talked about their FFA projects

A polled Hereford calf - a good FFA project
A polled Hereford calf - a good FFA project

The girls talked about their FFA projects

Their talk soon turned to their FFA projects for the next school year which started in a couple of weeks. The Kinne family was well known in the valley for their growing herd of Polled Hereford cattle. They had actually been the inspiration a few years earlier for Bart Bevins starting the Bevins herd of the same breed. Karla had raised a Hereford calf each of her two prior years in the program and had been successful in showing the calves at the local fair. The school project had required keeping many records of the development of the calf as well as doing the actual work, of course. Kari expected to do the same, she said, but was concerned about being compared to her older sister. Karla was encouraging her sister, offering support, and saying it was a great FFA project that was hard to beat.


Heather said she hoped to do something related to her horse interest this year, but had not yet determined exactly what would be appropriate. As they sat there in the Ice Cream Parlor discussing cattle and horses, they had to chuckle among themselves noting that most girls would probably be talking about boys or men and dates or clothes, not their animal projects. Heather knew that her friends were serious about cattle and their farm as a career, just as she was getting serious about a career with horses. It didn’t seem strange, at all, to them.


Talking about school upcoming did turn the girl talk to clothes. Karla and Kari said they had gone with their mother to Springfield the week before to get some new clothes for the new school year. Heather let them talk, asking a question now and then. She had decided she really didn’t need anything new, right now. What she had was very satisfactory. And, besides, she didn’t have a mother nearby to go shopping with anyway.

These stories follow the timeline of "The Homeplace Revisited"

Christoper's horse,Shadow, and dog, Chase
Christoper's horse,Shadow, and dog, Chase

Monday came around quickly

As normal on a Monday, Heather had arrived at the stables very early in the morning to carry out her normal chores routines with the horses she and Cletus had agreed were her responsibility on this day. There were no trail rides on the schedule for this Monday, so she had agreed to spend the middle of the day working at the Mill. She then returned in the late afternoon to attend to more of the chores there. Among the first things she noticed upon arrival was that both Shadow and Chase were not in the barn. “I wonder if Christopher is out for a ride this afternoon,” crossed through her mind. She looked out across the pasture, but didn’t see them. Several of the trails went off into the timber along the river, of course, so it was more likely than not that she would not be able to see him. She went on about her work.


After about a half hour, Heather noticed that Christopher on Shadow, followed by Chase, running back and forth and around them, were coming up the trail across the pasture returning to the barn at the stables. She kept at her tasks, said “Hi, nice to see you. Have a good ride?” as he unsaddled nearby. He replied, “Wonderful ride. Thanks!” He seemed a bit distracted, so she let it go at that, and kept busy, but available, if he needed any assistance. She knew that he was enjoying learning to take care of his horse, properly, after a ride, himself. If he was in a hurry, or wanted assistance with anything, he would ask. Before long, Christopher finished with his work, waved goodbye, and headed out to his car and left.


About fifteen or twenty minutes after Christopher left, Jennifer came through the barn door from the parking lot. “Anything I need to know?” she asked the barn in general, Cletus on one side and Heather on the other, in specific. Having been gone all day, sometimes things would happen that needed her attention. Cletus replied, “No, not today. Thanks for asking. Everything went just fine, today.” “Great!” was Jennifer’s reply. Heather added, “Find any new ancestors today?” She knew that Jennifer had gone up to Independence to the Family History Library doing research on this Monday, her ‘day off.’ “Nothing really specific today, just some good background information out of Kentucky,” Jennifer replied. “Grandma had said her McDonald family came from Kentucky to Missouri. I found a number of folks who had done that around the years she said, but nothing specific to our family today. Just a lot of fun reading about it.” Heather replied, “Good for you. I need to talk to you more about that stuff one day.” “We’ll do that, for sure!” Jennifer replied, and was back out the door, headed in the direction of her apartment.

[Continued in Episode HG 7]

Author’s Note

This series of stories in the life of Heather Gates, a fictional character in The Homeplace Saga series of family saga, historical fiction stories (home blog found at thehomeplaceseries dot blogspot dot com), is being created as a way to use a minor character in the early writings to expand those stories and share details omitted in those earlier writings within the original overarching themes. These newly included details may have been left out of the earlier stories through editing or they may have seemed unrelated to central themes at the time. With the expansion of the entire Saga, over the years, it has become obvious that filling in some of the gaps in the story for overall better understanding of the individuals, their families, and their interactions would be useful to The Homeplace Saga body of work in total. These episodes parallel the timeline of “The Homeplace Revisited” novel in this series.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 weeks ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you, Dora. It is indeed interesting to listen in on those conversations... ;-)

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Enjoyed the girls' night out. Found their topic of discussion interesting. Also glad that you let the characters talk for themselves later. Good read!

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