It's nice to talk to fellow students of Extension Elementary from the 70's.
I only attended there for one year ( 1974 I think ), but the people and the place had a lasting effect. I lived in the Valley but spent more time in Extension especially during the summers.
We used to go digging for Chinese poker chips ( majong pieces probably ), and rumming bottles. There were still a few old abandoned homes up there at that time. Down on the road that leads to M& M stables. That was another cool thing to do, go horseback riding around extension and second lake. I remember when I was in grade six at Extension school, the teacher said we were going to have a couple of new students join us that day. Well those two students arrived at the school riding on a mule. I think they tied it to the fence and then went into the school. Ya see the riding stables up there was also a foster home for girls.
Oh yeah about that two room school, it may have only had two classrooms but it had six grades the year I went there at least. Grades 1, 2, & 3 in one classroom, and 4, 5, & 6 in the other. That's why I only attended one year at Extension. I was in grade six. We had four different teachers that year. The class was a bit unruly!
I did some hay baling up there a couple of years and it really was a hard job for scrawny kids! But I have some pretty fond memories of that. It was fun because you got to do it with your friends and it only lasted for a week or so.
Nice talking to you Riverrat And Yogi and North and thanks for the links to thee old photos. This is a great site!
Oh by the way Mr. Rat, you asked about any local lore regarding the Abyss.
Well I heard that there could be a body down there. It's probably only an urban legend but the story goes that there were two local farmers feuding over a piece of property and yeah well you guessed it, one of them ended up down in that fissure. Like I said, probably only a tall tale but it sure sounded plausible at the time!
Anyways talk to ya later.