my perspective . . .
a great day today!
but no day of rest for 'Brenda
Starr, reporter' as one reader named me!!!!!! I remember
reading her comic strip in the Columbus Dispatch and wishing I
could have a head of red hair like that!
had arranged to meet Laurie Sweezey and her mother Jerry Facey
at 2:00 to see the notebook Laurie compiled in 1973 for the May
Denny Memorial Park, a 4-H Community Pride Project.
had just talked with Betty Jenner who told me that May Denny was
the special teacher who taught her to sew. The first thing Jerry
said when we opened the notebook was, "Oh,
May Denny brought in old clothes and showed us how to make new
ones out of them! I made a little shirt from a man's shirt and
she taught me so much. She was a wonderful teacher and person."
is the first page in the folder:
had typed up a 'History of the May Denny Memorial Park':
October, 1966, Don Avery, then County Supervisor of the Fifth
District in Siskiyou County, asked the help of the Scott Valley
Garden Club in restoring and planting a rest area located on west
side county road one mile south of Etna. This rest area is on
County owned land. The County had never made a great deal of progress
in developing this area. The flood of 1964 deposited a large amount
of sand, gravel and rocks on the area.
Scott Valley Garden Club agreed to help if they would be given
permission to dedicate the rest area to May L. Denny, an educator
in our valley for many years, an ardent botanist and a member
of the Garden Club until her death in 1966. To this the Board
of Supervisors agreed and allowed $1,450.00 for restoration.
entire amount was used for building rest rooms, installing a water
system, sewer, cattle guard and fences.
fence was built by men from the Deadwood Conservation Camp. It
was necessary to pay only the guard.
for the interior and exterior of the rest rooms was donated and
the painting done by the Scott Valley Garden Club.
The city of Etna donated machinery and labor (2 men) to help garden
club clear rocks, level part of the area and haul in some good
equipment transported a large rock of native marble to the location.
The Scott Valley Garden Club paid $100 to have this marble inscribed.
Scott Valley Garden Club asked for more money from the Board of
Supervisors to buy materials for a table shelter. They were allowed
$300 for materials. The shop class at Etna High School agreed
to build the shelter over the picnic tables.
Etna 4-H Club agreed to furnish two trash cans for the area. A
marble drinking fountain has been donated by the Etna Lions Club.
area southeast of the tables and rest rooms has been surrounded
by a low rail fence and planted with native trees and shrubs and
evergreen trees purchased by the garden club. (Remember seeing
the photos of these in the September
area 10 feet wide along the County road was enclosed by a low
rail fence and planted to flowering shrubs, iris and pyracantha.
African copper roses and early settler roses have been planted
along the back fence.
memorial marker and plantings and the picnic area are surrounded
by a circular drive. The County donated one load of red cinders
for a ground cover around the marble marker, rest rooms and shelter.
1968 the Scott Valley Club won the Richfield Civic Beautification
Award and a Sears Award.
park since 1970 has been left without any one to work on it. Therefore
the County had to close it."
1972, as a Sophomore in High School, Laurie wrote this letter:
a gal . . .
notes continue . . .
October 10, 1972 I wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors
requesting permission to maintain the May Denny Memorial Park.
On December 1, 1972 I was very pleased when I received a letter
granting this permission and they sent me four copies of an agreement
for our 4-H Club to sign. After receiving this letter I reported
to our 4-H Club and we decided to have our very first work day
on March 24. It lasted from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00.
the first work day we had, we raked, burned, cleaned and weeded.
Also at this first work day a very kind lady came to our park
and donated $10 towards the park. This money at first was going
to be used for a new toilet, but an Etna citizen donated a toilet
so we used this money for a new sprinkler and some toilet paper
for the bathrooms. My Grandfather did all the plumbing so it did
not cost us anything.
reporting back to our club, April 7, 1973 was set aside for another
work day at the May Denny Memorial Park. Working from 9:00 - 12:00
we did the following things: picked up rocks, burned pine cones
and trash which we had gathered. The 4-H had to obtain a fire
permit from the Forest Service to burn.
painted the tables 4-H green, pruned the dead wood off of the
shrubs and dug up the dead bushes and trees.
brother put in the time and effort to make our very large 4-H
clover for over the shelter and the two signs for the rest rooms.
and shrubs were donated and planted in the flower beds. We planted
a lawn in the huge circular bed which is located in the middle
of the park. With a little tender loving care our flowers are
coming up and blooming, also the grass is really looking good.
big box was donated to the park. In the box we keep our hoses
and sprinklers under lock and key. A watering schedule was printed
out and placed on the top inside the box. This schedule shows
how to water the park.
to our members helping me on my project, we have the trash dumped
once a week and the rest rooms are kept very clean.
the summer is over we plan on painting the rest rooms with a spray
outfit. The paint will be bought by the club. After the building
is prepared for painting, my father will paint it.*
receiving many compliments on this park, I have found that this
really truly is a community pride project."
is my favorite photo . . .
thanks Sam for making the signs!
When we were
out there the other day
we noticed the (His) sign had completely faded.
remember growing up in 4-H and Campfire Girls and the projects
we worked on. Oh that 'Community
Pride' could once again have a resurgence throughout the world.
for her project, Laurie and the Etna 4-H Club were awarded this
plaque, which she has kept all these years. Her notebook and the
plaque will be donated to the Etna Museum along with the Richfield
Award the Garden Club was awarded in 1968. Great pieces of Etna
got to laughing
so hard as I was typing about the painting of the restrooms as
Jerry told this story today:
seems that Jerry was the one who painted the restrooms white.
Upon returning home she saw how much paint she got on her blouse,
so she soaked it in gasoline to get the paint out. Then she put
it in the washing machine on the back porch. They had just finished
eating dinner and were cleaning up and putting away the leftovers
when the washing machine went from one cycle to another and blew
off the back porch!!!!!!
because the doors and windows were closed on the porch, the fumes
of the gasoline built up and the cycle change somehow caused an
explosion. The refrigerator door was sucked open and all the gallon
glass bottles of milk broke, then the door slammed shut again!
of the kids exclaimed, "We don't have to eat leftovers tomorrow
Branson (Rosie's husband) would phone Jerry every time there was
a sonic boom and ask, "Did you blow up the house again"???????????
to shop locally!
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