my perspective . . .
first story is about 3 friends who, in the last few years, have
become very dear to me.
Betty (Jenner) & Dorothy (Campbell)
and Betty went all through grammar school and high school together.
Dorothy joined them during high school days and the three graduated
from Etna High School in the 1940's.
Etna High School Building
Dorothy in 1943
in front of Scott Valley Bank
Perhaps meeting a trio who have been friends for many, many, many
years holds such a special place in my heart as I still correspond
with my two best friends from school
days in Ohio. We went all through elementary, junior high and
high school together!
is nothing sweeter than being able to pick up a conversation (no
matter how many years in between) with someone you share
common her-story with!
fact, just a few weeks ago I got an email from a childhood friend
who lived just up the road from us. She found me through some
genealogy I have on my website. She wrote "your
Mother was my favorite teacher in all my schools and because of
her I took art in Jr high & many art classes in high school.
I used to take art classes in your basement studio during the
Boy, did that bring back some memories!
to the story at hand:
I met Esther (sister of Buddy Buchner) while
accompanying Eb to one of the annual Etna High School Reunions
held here at the park. The Buchner family home is just across
and down the street from my home now!
Lawrence & Sadie (parents) and their children Buddy, Esther
in front of original home which later burned down, but was rebuilt
I also met Dorothy at one of the Etna High School Reunions and
learned that she lived in the old two-story (now Denny) house
that sits directly behind my old red barn. Between Esther and
Dorothy and Dorothy's brother David, I have
learned a lot of history about my barn (more on
that another time!).
Old Geney house on Main Street,
then the Campbell residence,
now the Denny house
The Etna High School Reunion also offered up my friendship with
Betty. What a hoot she is! I suspect that if she once again lived
in the Valley that we could get into BIG
trouble together . . .
had told me that 'her people' were the Kapplers of Etna Brewery
fame. I found this old photo and emailed it to her and she was
thrilled to see 'the old house' again.
We would call
this a 'mansion'!!!
It was in what is now the vacant lot
between the Fire Dept. and Corrigan's.
Soooooooo sad it was torn down.
I would LOVE to know the story behind that event.
had also emailed this old Main Street, Etna photo to Betty and
presumed that E. W. Herzog mentioned under the photo was a man.
However, upon seeing it, Betty exclaimed:
"E. W. Herzog was my Auntie!"
explained that 'Auntie' Emma Wagner Herzog and her husband owned
the Blake Hotel and lived upstairs. He died at a young age, but
she never remarried. Emma had an old car (still
in the Jenner family), one I believe Doug had on display
at the car show at Dotty's earlier this summer.
later moved back to the Wagner Ranch and took care of her parents.
surprise, surprise . . . last night when we went to Dotty's to
meet friends for dinner, there on the wall was a wonderful painting
of the Wagner's Ranch!!!
July 23, 2011
Buchner Family Collection
Kolb Family Collection
Bernita Tickner Family Collection
Jenner Family Collection
to shop locally!
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