In going through her mother’s papers, longtime Colfax resident Marilyn Wardlow came across this photo of her brother, Kenneth Emery, and his friend Arlene Timmons as they walked home from school in 1947.
The photographer, Claude A. King of Fort Bragg, included a letter with the photo he sent to the Emerys indicating he had attended school in the area more than 54 years prior.
“You probably wondered why I wanted to stop and take a picture of you two when I was a total stranger to you both,” King wrote. “I’ll tell you, my son, that when our car came over the summit of the hill and I saw you two trudging up the road with your lunch pails and books, I knew that you were homeward bound from the New England Mills District School.” The school was located in Weimar.