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for The Diary of Opal Whiteley

blue hills
  The blue hills are mountains a few miles east of Opal's home.

These mountains were called the blue hills because they were colored blue by camus flowers in the spring. The camus plant was a main food for the Kalapula Indians. It is sort of like a potato.

Picture: the Blue Mountain School

Paragraph 6: The blue hills

come going
  flow into

"The creeks around here come going the river."

Paragraph 6: Example

girl who has no seeing
  A blind friend of Opal's.

Her real name was Thelma Downes and she lived near Opal's school on Mosby Creek road across from the Stewart Covered Bridge. Thelma is the only friend that Opal takes exploring and teaches about the animals of the forest.

Thelma Downes died in a fire near her house in the spring of 1905. She was 25 years old.

Scene 23: Voices in the wind

Scene 24: Playing with the girl who has no seeing

Day 47: The death of the girl who has no seeing.

  rivière is French for "river".

The rivière's real name is Mosby Creek. It is directly across the road from Opal's schoolhouse.

Picture: the riviere - Mosby Creek bridges today

Paragraph 9: The road to the upper camps

Paragraph 55: Staying in at recess time

  The road runs in front of Opal's grandparent's house. It's real name is Mosby Creek Road.

Opal calls this place where the road goes three ways . It is the intersection of Mosby Creek Road and Layng Road.

Opal's vivid imagination sees Mosby Creek road as going two different directions. One way the road goes west towards Cottage Grove. The other way the road goes is east to her school and the blue hills. Layng Road goes north and onto the upper logging camps and the Bohemia gold mines.

Picture: where the road goes three ways today

Picture: sky view of where the road goes three ways

Paragraph 5: The road to Sadie McKibben's house

Paragraph 6: The road to the school house

Paragraph 9: The road to the upper camps


Opal went to the Walden School from 1904-1905. It had only one classroom for students from grades 1 thorough grade 6. Teachers would get one group of students working on an assignment and then teach another subject to the other students. One teacher usually taught 30 or more students of all different grades and subjects.

Rural schools were built six miles apart from each other. Students were expected to walk up to three miles each way to get to school and go home. Many older people can remember walking up to six miles to and from school in rain and snow.

Picture: Opal's School in 1905

Picture: Opal's Class

More about: Opal's school


I walked over unto

the house of Sadie McKibben."

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