(Before dawn, June 2, 1980, nineteen-year-old Erin Double ...)
Before dawn, June 2, 1980, nineteen-year-old Erin Double climbs out her bedroom window and heads for a cabin in the Montana mountains. Upon learning that his cancer is terminal, "Santa," a modern-day mountain man, gives her the use of his cabin for the summer. Erin, enjoying the heavenly surroundings, is startled one day to find out she is being watched. She discovers her observer is a six-year-old boy named Matt. Meeting his father, Noah, she learns he is a fugitive from the law, having fled Nebraska with his son three years earlier. They live a mile away with Santa's friend, "Irish Dan." Despite the threat of discovery, a romance flourishes between Erin and Noah. Enjoying the 4th of July festivities in nearby Copper Creek, they realize they are being watched. They react in a surprising way, giving the story an interesting twist.
(Upon hearing that land was still available for homesteadi...)
Upon hearing that land was still available for homesteading in Alaska. Keith, Shirley and Shirley's younger brother, left Billings, Montana on March 1, 1959, drove over the Alcan, to arrive in Homer AK on March 18th. Preceeded by a heavy snowstorm, they spent two months waiting for the snow to melt. An original "Alaskan Sourdough,"invited them to live with him and take care of his place while he visited the lower "48." Where there, Shirley mastered a coal range and made sourdough pancake. Speedy, the fisherman tried to introduced them to delicious Alaskan seafood. They met many of the friendly homesteaders and learned about a religius cult that was also there to homestead. When Shirley suspected she was pregnant, she visited the local doctor; was shocked to find medical practice was about fifty years back in time. On May 21rst they moved to the homestead, on the bench above Homer and started to prove up their claim. In the wildly beautiful countryside, they survived fire, killing frost, abandoned wild dogs and were terrorized by a Grizzly with cubs. Before they left they Salmon fished on the Anchor river and partied in town with Air Force sholdiers stationed at Mt Ohlson.
Student, Eastern Montana College, 1980—1982.
Bookkeeper Montana National Bank, Billings, 1954—1958, Billings Clinic, 1958—1959. Ward clerk St. Vincent's Hospital, 1970—1972. Clerk Eastern Montana College, 1980—1982.
Bookkeeper McJunkin Service, Red Lodge, since 1983.
Member State Arts Council, Helena, Montana, since 1998.
Married Keith Eldon McJunkin, May 3, 1957. Children: Lorena Anne, Keith Joseph, Daniel Allen.