Wright Canyon was
placed on the Accepted list of schools by
the State Department in April, 1931.
Mrs. D. Swackhamer-Joy
is teaching her third year in the district.
The present enrollment is 22. The members of
the school board are: Mrs. E. C. Waltz, John
D. Waggoner, and Clarence Whitehill.
Written by Frank
Chapin, age 88, a
former teacher of Wright Canyon
In writing history of
almost 60 years ago, we are laying ourselves
liable to criticism for possible mistakes,
for memory is a fickle jade, and hence we
request you to temper your criticisms to the
The early settlers
came here with an idealism toward the better
things of life; an idealism in which a
contented happy home life should be enjoyed.
The Wrights, the Greens, and others
interested in education joined in the
project looking to this final solution.
As pine lumber at that
time was selling at a price rather out of
reach of the pioneer purse, native lumber as
we recollect, was the material used. The use
of this lumber soon after sawing resulted in
giving the structure ample ventilation. So
visualizing this sort of ventilating system,
we note the intake openings ever widened,
until a small tot could slip through the
cracks and stray away. However this may be,
none were ever reported lost. Possibly they
were roped in, to be made Secure.
Among the marvels of
this project were touches of romance, for
the teachers were not immune from the
approach of enemies with matrimonial intent.
So intent were these seekers that some of
the teachers were captured, thus breaking.
into the realm of useful endeavor. These
young people were just plain country-raised
folks whose attainments were of the more
strenuous type of activity peculiar to the
great outdoor life.
In some way these
pioneer conditions have always had an appeal
to the writer. for all his life he has been
close to this pioneer condition. crude
though it be, yet there is a sort of
self-satisfaction in having been a part of
it, and in having something to do in the
resulting development. During the past 51
years we have had actual experience along
this line. So our one delight is to view
from a distance, the achievements of a
generation. Wright Canyon has secured and
occupied a niche in this great Memorial
Temple of Education.