Event for former school in the Mt. Hood National Forest held at Sandy Historical Society Museum

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Marjorie Wolfe Kokko, Dean Kokko and Bev Thomas smile as they remember their time at Three Lynx School during a reunion last week.

Students and several teachers from the former Three Lynx School gathered to share their memories last week.

On Friday, Sept. 21, approximately 16 community members from the school formerly located in the Mt. Hood National Forest attended a reunion at the Sandy Historical Society Museum.

The Three Lynx community originated during the construction of the Oak Grove Dam in the 1920s, when Portland General Electric set up homes for those who worked on the project. The school was closed in 1988 and later demolished in 2014.

During the reunion, former student Carolyn Barnes said, "When I think of Three Lynx, I think of a special place where I feel like I got a good education."ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - John Barksdale speaks during a reunion for Three Lynx School last week. The event was held at the Sandy Historical Society Museum.

Jim Tompkins, who attended the school from fourth through eighth grades, spoke highly of the sense of community at the school.

"It's a point of pride that I was raised upriver," he said. "We were like one big family. I don't think in the city you had friends like we did."

"We share that common denominator and way of life," added former student Sheila Jones Buxton.

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