Murdo Girl…The Brick House..Quest for the Queen

The whole town of Murdo is coming together in an effort to find the Queen. Her poor Royal Highness was abducted the night of the Inaugracorination Dance. The Town Crier was also taken, but they brought her back. We all think they got sick of hearing her cry all the time. The red convertible from the Pioneer Auto Museum is missing as well. We’re pretty sure, if we find the Queen, we’ll find the car. So far, there has been no word about the napper’s demands. 

We join the Murdoites as they prepare to embark on their search. Yram Sicnarf is recording this moment in history by interviewing people as they pack up to head West. There is a strong belief that the Queen is with her captors at the Nemo cabin. (Please don’t say anything. We don’t want to give the nappers a heads up.)

We apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. Sherri, the Photographic Drawer went missing the same day they dropped TC off. It sure will be nice if all three are in the same place.

The Queen, The Quill, and The Car

I’m Yram Sicnarf, Crack Up Reporter from Gun Barrel City, TX where our motto is, “We shoot straight”


Woman on the street: My name is Pearl. I like your hair. Is the recorder on? Say, would you mind telling me where you get your hair tinted? I need a tint real bad.

Yram: Sorry Pearl. The lady who does my hair made me promise I wouldn’t give out her name. I like my hair too. Frizzy, yellow hair is so easy to take care of. Crowns are really in style around here, but I prefer a headband with a feather hanging down.


We’re the sixth grade class. We’re taking a field trip to Nemo to find the Queen. We had a car wash to raise money. We can’t wait to go to McDonald’s. Murdo doesn’t have a McDonald’s.

Yram sees Barney, Thelma Lou and Barnella

Yram: Are you all going West to look for the Queen?

Barney: Nope (sniff). I’m staying in Murdo to fight crime. Since your No Nip It In The Bud Next Pres is going, I’ll be a good soldier and keep this town safe from distasteful people. Besides, Barnella and I are having a birthday. The Lions Club is putting on a pancake supper over at the Harold Thune Auditorium tonight. Guess you couldn’t go anyway crack up. I heard there was a restraining order against you. Yup..No can go to the Auditorium or within 500 ft. of the Coach.

Yram: Careful Barney.. One of these days you’ll bite that one bullet you’ve got so hard it’s gonna blow your little pin head off. By the way. Did you know sista there has been holding illegal poker games above Sanderson’s Store? She’s not as innocent as she doesn’t look!


A little further down the road, Yram sees all kinds of school people walking up the street, and guess who’s with them? Coach!

Mr. Thune: Boy ..she turned around and hightailed it didn’t she? Maybe I should get one of those restraining orders. Let’s tell her that Gun Barrel City called and they want their straight shooter back.

All of Them: Hahahohohahahoho!!

Everyone else in town is packing up to go West.

Nemo cabin here we come!


Whoa!! Look at the search party!!

(The photos are not in order of importance..MG)

1) Methodist Church ladies, 2) Loretta, Ella, and Helen, 3) Church basements cooks, 4) Pat and Jenny. They’re all bringing food.

Treason, DM, Pico, Lav’s car, Lav..bottom Mrs. E, A I, Tammy, Karen, Kim

TC, Mason Jr. and Ethan, John Wayne, Bob, Don, 2nd row Karlyce (Kip’s sis), Mason, Mr. Deryk, Otis, Jerry

Uh Oh..The relatives! Are they coming? There won’t be enough room at the cabin! Maybe we can all stay at sweet cousin Sue’s house, and cousin Blake’s Martin Mason Hotel in Deadwood?

More family, friends, teachers, bodyguards? YIKES!

More family and friends?. There’s Billy..Hi Billy!

Hundreds more have joined the effort to find the Queen. Most of them are planning a few side trips along the way to Nemo. They’re going to the Badlands, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, and so on and so forth.

We wanted to wear our Inaugracorination gowns one more time


Yesterday was The Murdo Girl’s one year blog anniversary. It started out as a way to record an RV trip Kip and I took last fall. Additional daily blogs have included Bonnie Blue, Abby Ann, (both are doll stories), We Shall See what We Shall See, (an Easter story); followed by months of Murdo Girl stories about growing up in Murdo in the 60’s, Mrs. E. stories, misc. poems and current event stories, The Campaign, The Brick House stories, and The Connie stories.

Guess I’ve kept all the above, all of you, and myself pretty busy over the last year. So…I’m giving everyone a vacation. Without pay of course.

Three weeks from tomorrow, Kip and I are embarking on another RV adventure. I’ll write some short travel blogs and an occasional story along the way. I was reading over some of last years travelling tales, and they were pretty humorous at times.

For the next few weeks, I am going to blog Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each week. There will be a Connie story tomorrow. Fridays will be The Brick House stories, and Saturday and Sunday will be The Connie Story with a Mrs E or something else occasionally thrown in. I’ll do my best to make it interesting.

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I can’t believe how much has happened since I posted that first Murdo Girl Story. The reunion was an unbelievable experience for cousin Val and me. I have made so many new friends (like Sherri). Some are Murdoites, (like the Penticoffs, Jerry,Teresa, and Carol), and some have never lived there. After 40 years, I have a renewed friendship with a classmate and his wife, (Eddie and Mari), and other’s around Murdo who have faithfully read it all! I have really enjoyed getting to know Judy Dykstra Brown, who is a master blogger. I have some special friends around here who are readers, and there are many readers I don’t know.There is a danger in listing just a few. I’ll think of someone really special later. You all know I look for your pressure Lindquist girls, Pat and Laura, aka TC.

Who could have imagined?

Demands? They will soon find out. Habark, Habark, Habark






12 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…The Brick House..Quest for the Queen

  1. Patti September 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Enjoy your RV trip. Jim and I will be in AZ from mid-October until mid-May. We’d love to see you if you wander our way (Brother Bill has our address and phone numbers if you don’t). I look forward to your posts each day–your Connie story has me hooked!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch September 17, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks Patti..We will be in California until the end of October or the end of the first week of November. We just might be able to make that happen. It would be great to see you and Jim. I will be in touch! Were you ever in the living quarters above Sanderson’s Store? Hope will having an interesting time living there for a while.


  2. Mari Jackson September 17, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Hooray for a RV trip and a fun getaway!! I know everyone agrees you well deserve a vacation on your one year anniversary of writing your blogs!! You have entertained us, educated us and made us feel many wonderful emotions and feelings!! Thank you dear author and friend..

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    • Mary Francis McNinch September 17, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you Mari. You have also become a dear friend. I am really looking forward to having the time I need to get ready for the trip, but I also need time for the Connie story. It is a great collaboration and I have felt like I have had to rush. I’m sure there are those out there, who think, Geez..another blog?? I can’t keep up!! I’m confident it will work for the readers too. Thanks for all your support as I continue this very important project.

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      • sanjuan831 September 18, 2016 / 9:44 am

        How perfect that you wrote this on the 1 year annigrocery of your super blog! Very grateful to such a wonderful writer, friend and cuz! Putting together all those pics was a lot of work! Loved it all.

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  3. countrygirl57 September 17, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Love it- as always! You do such a great job of keeping us entertained!!❤️❤️❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Mary Francis McNinch September 17, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      You’re slightly prejudiced CG, but a faithful friend. Thank You!


  4. scoper07 September 17, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Looks like you’ve got a convoy there Murdo Girl. Excellent story again. Thanks for the entertainment.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch September 17, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I was in a hurry 07..but I never would have had enough time for this one anyway..


      • scoper07 September 17, 2016 / 7:08 pm

        Congratulations on your one year blogging anniversary. What a wonderful series of virtual trips you have taken us on. Thank you Murdo Girl.

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