my perspective . . .
my August 18th post,
I showed Mel's photos of an abandoned and long forgotten Etna
'rest stop' Park that once sat on a small piece of Siskiyou County
property, wedged between the Siskiyou County road maintenance
yard and Hwy 3, south of Etna.
I got a email from Mary Roehrich saying the little park was dedicated
originally to her grandmother, May L. Denny who was the wife of
Karl V. Denny (son of A.H. Denny). Mary stated that her grandmother
was a very avid Garden Club member and also a much loved school
teacher in Etna and at the original McConaughy Gulch School.
always likes to have Her way with
me . . . so I had to smile when Barbara Coatney showed up at lunch
today with photos of the
same park (thanks to
Jerry Facey) and this plaque. Barbara thought I would be
interested in putting these on this website before she dropped
them off at their new resting place in the Etna Museum . . . and
of course I was!
was a handwritten note in the little baggie with the photos .
I googled 'Top of the State Garden Club' and nothing came up.
I scanned the photos taken in 1973, which showed the 'before'
of what Mel's August photos had shown this many years later.
the one on left was 'before' the 4-H Club did the cleanup.
The back of the photos say:
Etna 4-H Club
Community Pride Project
The May Denny Memorial Park"
seeing these photos, I emailed Mel and asked if he had seen the
big white rock or any kind of plaque with dedication to May Denny.
He hadn't seen it there. It appears that the wooden plaque is
hanging near the crossbeam of the picnic table shelter in photo
on the right.
is Mel's photo in August . . .
looks like the original shrubs may have grown up over the white
rock. Maybe if someone is out that way they could check that out
for all of us??? It would seem highly unlikely that the big white
rock was moved!
cleanup photos. Note the outhouse in left photo . . .
and now in 2011, it can barely be seen.
just got back to this project tonight and when I inserted the
wooden plaque photo on this page I actually read it . . . and
that is when I discovered the name of the club was the 'Scott
Valley Garden Club' and not 'Top of the State Garden Club' shown
on the note!
back to google and I was amazed to find a webpage
with all kinds of photos from 1980's-1990's!!!! There was even
a photo of Barbara, so I called her up and emailed the link and
the two of us had quite a fun time talking on the phone as we
both looked at the photos. Of course, Barbara knew a lot more
of the people in the photos than I did.
Gallery photos are large, but when you click along the top toolbar
for the Scrapbook photos, they are smaller. Just click on any
of them and they will enlarge and if you click again they will
get even bigger. Nordine was amazing to have done all this. I
didn't even own a computer until about 1999!
wondered if there was anything about the rest area and Voilà!
. . . under 'Scrapbook B', I recognized the photo
of the picnic table shelter with the green roof . . . and there
was a clipping of newspaper article about the award . . .
'Scrapbook A', the name Denny caught my eye. So I clicked on the
and this came up . . .
and I were curious about the 'Officers' section and when we clicked
on it and scrolled down, we were amazed to see this at the bottom:
Sooooooooo, one mystery solved
when the plaque and photos appeared . . .
but now we have another mystery . . .
put the 'in memory of Nordine'
on the webpage
is someone still in charge
of the page???
just one grand Adventure
to shop locally!
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