Jenny Grant is the new friend I met when I was stuck in San Francisco to finish out the winter school term. How did I get there? Oh, such a twist of fate! Just when I thought I’d be having myself an unexpected holiday with Taffy, the grammar school in town got shut down because of an unexpected, horrid flood.
My mother got this incredibly terrible idea to make me finish school at a fancy, young-lady’s school in the City. Jenny Grant was my new roommate at the school. She is just about my age, maybe a little older, the daughter of a logger and sawmill owner in the middle of nowhere! Jenny is kind of wild, with lots of tangly red hair and more freckles than a body can count. People may think that I don’t act much like a lady, but goodness! Jenny has me beat all the way around in the tomboy department.
Jenny is the only girl in her family, with a whole passel of brothers. I can’t keep them straight, but the oldest is Eli, who is about Mitch’s age. Then come Seth, then Caleb. Micah is next, two years older than Jenny, and Gideon is the youngest, a few years younger than Jenny. So, she’s smack in the middle of five boys.
Jenny is from some backwoods place called Washington Territory. Her mother sent her to San Francisco hoping the school would teach her young lady ways. So far, it’s not working very well.
Jenny and I get into all kinds of interesting scrapes together in the City. And some scary ones too. Later that summer, Jenny visited the ranch (Trouble with Treasure). We joined Mitch and Cory on a two-week camping trip up to our Sugar Pine lumber camp. Things did not go well.
Then later that summer, I visited Jenny up in Washington Territory. I met her brothers and learned to catch and eat Dungeness crab. I even saved her little brother, Gideon’s, life when he went overboard into the icy Puget Sound. You can read that story here.
Jenny grows up and I don’t see her much, but we run into each other in a very special way in Circle C Milestones book 6, Stranger in the Glade: More Tales from Memory Creek Ranch.