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12B Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 Bulletin, Pro~ I in ii By Victoria Motca Staff Wnter The Indian Valley Cream- ery made the front cover of the Good Sam Club magazine in October. A burning red clump of a trout highway," he said about the quality of life that still appeals to many. "I fished it as a child, be- lieving I could catch a rain- bow with only a safety pin and a bit of string," he added. Swinging through a 20-mile radius of the area, Childress wrote, "There's no place to eat in Taylosville, but in Crescent Mills I had an excel- lent prime rib with locally grown green beans flavorful- ly cooked by chef Nathan Molina of Ann and Andy Mc- Virginia creeper accents one corner of the full-color cover, highlighting the barn red of the creamery which lies just across the double lane high- way that meanders through TaylorsviUe. In a "Sentimental Jour- ney," former resident William Chil- ill ii dress takes a trip down memory lane as he visits Taylorsville, his childhood ro gh/y the same as when I home. "One of the in this most beautiful highways I've in 1939." ever driven is California's state Route William Childress 70," Childress Former Taylorsville resident wrote. Describing the scenic splendor of a drive through the Feather River Canyon, Childress eventual- ly reaches his hometown. "This tiny high-Sierra vil- lage has a population of about 225, roughly the same as when I started school in its one-room schoolhouse in 1939/' he wrote in the maga- zine dedicated to those who like to travel by RV or tow a trailer. In returning home, a place he last visited in 1979 with his children, he noted what has changed and, more im- portantly, what hasn't. "The last mill is gone," Childress pointed out about a region that was once support- ed by mining and the timber industry, "but the gin-clear stream that powered it is still Tyre's 1927 Crescent Hotel." And while in the area, Childress paid a visit to his old school. "The old building needed repairs, and badly, but at least it's still standing. Built in 1864, it had reached the millennium, and now, like an old man with arthritis, it braced against the rushing years," he observed. "I'd been a pupil in this one-room brick building with the pyramidal tin roof. I had run in its schoolyard, used its wooden outhouses, re- sponded to its bell. Now all I heard was the wind rising, whipping up dust and dead grass. In spite of the sun, it was a chilly 45 F." Across from that school is the "blue-painted two-room shack," where Childress, his parents and younger sister lived, "with about as much room as eggs in a carton." Childress also had a glimpse of the cattails and willows that stood near the house. It was a safe haven where a boy could daydream and escape his father when he was in a temper. "Years later, I wrote a po- em about the place that ap- peared in Harper's Maga- zine." "Sixty years and a world of traveling have passed since I roasted beside the school's pot- bellied stove, too timid to ask for a different seat," Childress wrote. "Now the place that impressed me so much as a child still does-- for Indian Val- ley is magical in any season. It stretches for miles, with pines and mountains fring- ing golden meadows. But winter in the high Sierra means deep snow. It was win- ter that finally drove my Dad away." Childress's residence in the picturesque community lasted only two years. When they moved to town, his fa- ther was paid the enormous sum of 75 cents a day for milking cows--a thriving in- dustry in the area at the time--and the little house was thrown in for free. Childress's visit ended up with his old boyhood friend Larry Stevenson. One of the full-color photos in the maga- zine happens to be of the Old Mill Stream and the Steven- sons' boat dock and back. yard. i ii i On November 14, 2001, Feather Publishing Co., Inc. will pub- lish a special supplement entitled "Home For The Holidays. This special section is designed for retailers and their clients. It includes holiday recipes; crafts, traditional and non-traditional ( holiday activities.., just about everything to make your holiday I one to remember. * Make sure your customers see your message in this beautiful : seasonal publication designed and written especially for Plumas and Lassen County people. Meet our friends, neighbors and make new acquaintances inside this sPecial issue. , Don't miss this opportunity to advertise your holiday specials! I at Deadlines: Tuesday, October 2.3, 2001 * [ I t-- ------ . ........ 284-7800 Jill, Jenni, Laura, Bleefl Denise Been I I # ) THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GOOD SAM CLUB Taylorsville's historic creamery building Maces the cover of the Good magazine. \ ar8 for A few wore worn from the many miles and tition; others spruced up and for the bull event. But, over the feet cowboys Feather River ing Clamdc, a ety of styles and tlons told the men and their Photos by