|Greenwood School, north of Interstate 84, east of Hazelton. Annie Pike Greenwood was the first teacher at this school in the 1910s. This is a sad picture of abandoned hopes. The school was formerly surrounded by huge cottonwood trees, (April, 1993).|
|Mount Harrison of the Albion Range (the Minidokas of Annie Pike Greenwood) viewed from Interstate 84 near Hazelton, (august, 1992).|
Farm life in the Magic Valley near Hazelton, as evocatively described by Annie Greenwood in "We Sagebrush Folks," was cruel. Even with the new irrigation schemes, there was never enough water. After several wet years, 1919 saw a severe drought. The Twin Falls Canal Company supplied only 30% of its normal amount.
Annie Pike Greenwood was the first school teacher in the Hazelton area.She was an educated woman who grew up in Provo, Utah, and wrote poignantly about early farm life in the Magic Valley. Her husband had dreamed of being a farmer, though he came from an upper class German family. They homesteaded in Hazelton in 1906, and soon after, the North Side (milner-Jerome) canal was constructed.
She said in retrospect "The last thing in the world I wanted to do was to go on a farm." It was never easy, and at times brutal, raising a family of four in beautiful, gentle yet harsh, rural Idaho. They lost the farm in 1924. "We lost the farm, thank God!"
She became a teacher and a writer after leaving her husband, who sold insurance and then worked for the Soil Conservation Service. The Greenwood home and the Greenwood Community School can be seen just north of Interstate 84, east of Twin Falls. The Albion Mountains (her Minidokas) rise to the south.