Hayden Enid Julian Wesley Frank
Julian Hayden • (Grandfather) brought his family to town to live in a small apartment when he was serving as sheriff • "He wanted, he needed, power ... He was a dominating man who drew sustenance and strength from controlling others." (Watson 20) • Old deputy sheriff of Mercer County, rich ranch owner, powerful, white long hair with bushy sideburns, lack of manners, inappropriate at times, uses foul language. • Thinks family is important
Enid Hayden • (Grandmother) - a thin, nervous woman, who seldom spoke when her husband was present. • -fragile (does not allow bad things to be said when she is around)
Hayden Gail Wesley David
Wes Hayden • Sheriff, when he was 16 a horse kicked him and left him with a permanent limp • Serving second term as sheriff • Born in 1910 in Mercer County • Moved to Bentrock with his parents and brother in the early twenties • Grew up on a cattle ranch outside Bentrock • Father was a sheriff as well • Not religious • Dies of Cancer
Gail Hayden • Lutheran, from Eastern ND in the Red River Valley • Wanted Wes to be himself and not a Hayden. • Wanted to move back to North Dakota Concerned about David's values • Wished for a larger community to raise David in, one not so easily escapable • Worked as a secretary in the Register Deeds Office at the courthouse across the street from the Hayden home. • Devoted Lutheran • Dies of a heart attack
Frank Hayden • David's uncle, war hero, doctor, witty, charismatic, charming. • He had been a star athlete in high school and college. • During WWII on a Pacific Island, he carried three soldiers to safety.
Gloria Hayden • Frank's wife, David's aunt, very pretty, blond, petite, from Minnesota
Marie Little Soldier • House-keeper, babysitter of David • Came to Mercer County, Montana because of her mother's marriage to Frenchy - was 20 when she came to Montana • A Hunkpapa Sioux Native originally from the Fort Berthold Reservation in ND • -loved to laugh and talk, great tease, close to 6 feet tall, dresses were either handed down or handed up, wide face and high cheekbones, long straight black hair, David had a crush on her
Len McAuley • The Deputy sherriff of Bentrock, very respected • Married to Daisy • Used to be deputy to the Grandfather and now is deputy to Wesley. • Traded sheriff position every 3 years with Julian [Grandfather] Hayden
Daisy McAuley • Len's wife, good friend of Gail Hayden. • She is about 60 years old. • She also loves to bake all types of foods. • She is one of the neighbors to the Haydens.