Re Bookmobile and stuff.
Hi Al and all.
Al, in regards to the bookmobile stop, yes I do remember when the old garage was the stop. I did'nt reallyunderstand the bookmobile concept back then. I figured it out later on but ya know when your 12 you don't spend too much time wondering how people got their library books.
I know where your house was or is on Virostko Rd. I mean I know the area. I think I knew some people who lived down there. Last name Hamilton I think.
I also seem to remember a house somewhere in that area called the Sheriffs Office. Although I doubt whoever lived in it was into law enforcement.
Moores hill I always refered to as the Big hill as I never new the name but I knew the Drews who lived at the base of it.
The creek you were refering to that runs from or by the pithead, is that the same creek that runs under the road and into First Lake? If it is well I actually had a drink out of it once when I had walked from the Valley to Extension one hot summer day. Hmmm....not feeling so good now....hmmmm.
Do you remember the old abandoned house that stood on the corners of the road that runs down to the stables, and the road that heads up the ridge um I think where the big boulder is. Maybe Dormans lived up that way I think.
Anyways if your managing to follow my crappy directions there was for a while anyways a little white house sitting on the corner and it looked like the people who had owned it just up and left without taking any of their belongings. That place was full of stuff from days of yore. I think the neighbourhood kids pillaged most of it and then I guess the rest went to the dump when it was knocked down. I wonder who lived there?
I also had a friend who lived close to that house in a little shack we used to refer to as the Road House. My friends name was Per and his moms name was Ingrid. Later on some older aquantinces of mine moved into that place.
I think most of those houses in that area must have been some of the earliest
built during the active mining period. They looked like it anyways.
Well nice talking to you again. Have a great night Al and all.
Yet more Extension memories....
Dave, and all : )
The sulphur creek eventually drained into the creek that runs into First Lake....so you had an early experience of " Mineral Water"
I remember the old place on the corner of thr road to M&M stables and Muzwell's Hill Rd. ( the steep one) We used to call in "Burchill's place" but I'm not sure if it was correct, but I do remeber hanging out in there with my buddies at the time...by the way one of my buddies was Mark Hamilton, or Hammie as we called him..he lived just up the road from me, and was almost exactly the same age as me, we were only 12 days apart...which was pretty cool considering there were only five kids my age in the whole villiage!
Dave did you ever attend the Halloween or Christmas parties at the Extension Hall? I remember being so afraid of Santa when I was a wee'un : )
It was only years later when I found out he was my friend Ian Boers dad!
Hey Al and all.
Al. I knew Hammie. He used to hang out with my best friends older brothers. That would be the Randal boys. Um as for THE HALL, I went to a couple of school dances there but I never had the privalege of being there for Halloween or Christmas. But that reminds me that you poor saps never got to go trick or treating in the village. I'd forgotten that.
Do you know if Extension ever had a church Al? You would think that a village of that time period and size would have been sure to have had a church but I don't recall ever hearing anyone mention one.
You mentioned the Moore house AL. I think I went to school with someone from that family. Name of Susan Moore I think and I seem to recall her getting off the schoool bus in that area.
Anyways, hope everyone is doing well tonight. I'm off to get some sleep.
Night Al and all.
Pictures of Extension
For Dave and all,
I'm not to sure about posting photos to the forum, so I decided to post a few of the places Dave and I have been chatting about to my blog:
Hope you all have a fine day,
Sly Al, Sly!
Hey there Al and all.
Great pictures "Mr. I forgot my digi cam when I went to Extension Al!".
Seriously Al, your Weblog is really profesional looking and the pictures you took are awesome. Thanks Al. By the way I remember you quite well from days gone by. It's really nice to see a friendly face from the old Burg. I really appreciate the time you spent to get those pictures. Once I hook up my scanner I'll post my old grade 6 school pic. It's funny to see the old crowd in their youth. ( often wearing gumboots ).
By the way, the village does'nt look too much different, at least not in the pics. Extension should really be designated as a heritage community though, with all those old buildings still around. Before it falls apart completely.
Something to think about.
Anyways thanks again Al.
Well, I'm really not that crafty.....
Glad you liked the pics....but I must admit I really did forget to take the camera the first day I went up to Extension, but I enjoyed walking around the old burg so much I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to take my dog for a walk up there again.. : )
I never really thought much about the historic value of the buildings up in Extension really.....but you know, as you walk around and see the old buildings like the school, store and community hall, it does give you quite a feeling of history...I've been looking at some of the pictures on the BC archives website and trying to place where it would be today...
I did notice that relic hunters and bottle diggers have been very active in the area...I walked around the big coal pile and came to the road that continues to behind my Dad's place...all the old filled in water wells have been dug up by "armchair archeologists" so I guess there's still a few goodies to be found up there...
Ah yes... Hot Dog Day in the community centre! It really seems funny to see the old store no longer being a store. I spent a lot of time and a lot of coins nicked from my parents sitting on those steps. I think I had grades 1 through 3 at the old school and remember visits from Alec Ferguson and Mrs. Senini (the Credit Union lady!). I saw her many years later when I worked at a restaurant in the centre and when I called her by her name she asked how she knew me... apparently I made her feel old at the time ;-)
The Credit Union Lady....
That brought back some cool memories...yeah, I remember my Mom giving me fifty cents to take to school to give Mrs. Senini for the Credit Union account...remember those little deposit books we used to have? How she dutifully added up our little deposits for our School Account .....
Do you remember Mrs. Arbuthnot, who used to come after school to clean up? I guess she was what they call the custodian....Actually she lived across Virostko Rd. from us and she was my Great Aunt....on the BC archives website they list her as having donated a bunch of stuff to the archives about the school, but doesn't really give any details...Also on the archives site is a photo of a Mr and Mrs. Bowater at Extension Mine....I believe those would be her parents (my Great Grandfather and Grandmother)
I wonder if hotdog day was the same for you older Extension folks as it was for me in my Port Coquitlam elementary school in the 80's. Did you place your order days in advance, and bring money in an envelope, and get glazed donuts and hotdogs in bleached white buns?
I remember that sometimes kids were encouraged to decorate their envelopes - how often there were coin impressions in the pencil crayon drawings!
Last edited by riverrat; 02-07-2007 at 08:40 PM.
Hot dog day is still the same today. No doughnut, you get a choice of chocolate or white milk.
Originally Posted by riverrat