We talked about where the barn where we housed out old blue roan milk cow was located - just over Smith Creek which we had to cross to reach our home after we went across the single lane wooden bridge that spanned the Middle Fork. Roger remembered there was a shed in front of the barn that housed a corn mill/husker. And next to our pump house was an old garage/car port with an abandoned Wiley's Jeep with fake wood-grained siding. The reason he remembers it is because there were so many of us kids, he and Adrian would sleep during the warmer nights on a mattress in the back of this abandoned Jeep to relieve the crowding in our small house.
By the time I was in Junior High, we had moved from the Middle Fork to the South Fork of the Payette River - up by the Ranger Station. Again we were near the river, but at this place along this river, the riverbed was covered with rocks, the river was swift, and the water was oh so much colder than the water in the Middle Fork. There was a fair-sized island about 6 feet out from the riverbank and by the time we had waded out to it, our teeth were chattering, but it didn't keep us away. That willow covered island was our new playground when we weren't climbing the hills.
Another memory about my freshman year at Garden Valley High School (1962-63) - my history teacher was Mr. Lindsey, whose son Mark Lindsey was the lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders. (The band appeared regularly on national television, most notably on Dick Clark's Where the Action Is, Happening '68, and It's Happening, the latter two of which were co-hosted by Revere and Lindsay.) Mark's brother attended our school and was in my grade. The rest of the family remained in Council.
I never really dated in high school (remember I was the extremely shy, chunky gal with all the brothers). I went to one of the proms with my brother, Adrian. I liked lots of boys and when I was a senior one of the boys I had liked had joined the army and he wrote to me a lot. He was sent to France, which was a country I had always wanted to visit (I took French in school just in case I ever got to go). His name was Tom Johnstone and he was related to a guy who owned a cattle ranch in Garden Valley, as well as Montour and Emmett (this guy eventually was involved with the initial planning for Tamarack resort in Valley County, Idaho and even has a park in Garden Valley named for him). Tom's father, his brother John and his sister moved onto the ranch to work for their relative.