bu Judy Bushy
Hope that you enjoyed a good time for Thanksgiving! Whether we are home, with few, or travel to a large family gathering or get together with friends, there are always blessings for which we can be grateful and give thanks. I’m so grateful for a girl, young lady formerly from Happy Camp, who is making me some handmade cards to thank people! There is always so much to be thankful for!!
Some people in Happy Camp went out of their way to help others have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Nell Sakota and her crew made a delicious dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberries, sweet potatoes, rolls and then a variety of desserts, beverages. I’ve probably left off something, but it was all so very good!
Besides they were cooking for lots of people as it was a community Thanksgiving Dinner. Her helpers, Yukon Sakota signed in neighbors arriving, Deputy Garrison was serving deviled eggs; Molly Sakota, Dave, Bamboo, and Nell were also serving. Officer Monday also helped serve turkey to our neighbors. The Happy Camp Community Center provided funds and the Karuk Tribe the gathering place. Thank you to all who made this Community Thanksgiving Dinner possible, and all who took time to join the others to visit and share in the wonderful friendly meal!
We hope you had a memorable Thanksgiving, and are gathering more stories for your memoir, or just to remember and tell to your grandchildren in days to come.
by Judy Bushy
Doug Crowder was a sell-beloved pastor in Happy Camp. A missionary, Keith Bradley had come to get the first Bible Study started with no intention of starting a church but then in 1991 it became apparent that Christian families needed a place to worship. When he wasn’t able to come as often, Doug Crowder was called as pastor, and the church quickly loved Doug, Debra and their children, Duane and Diana.
Pastor Doug Crowder
Together we worshiped, with Doug’s great piano abilities, sang, prayed, and there were fun times with coffee, celebrating birthdays, having potluck dinners, and sometimes even rafting down the Klamath River on a Sunday Afternoon. We had missionaries come for Vacation Bible School and then a group of Yreka youth, including Duane, came and were greatly appreciated by the children who came to the summer Bible program! Every person in the church took part, teaching, games or even mowing the lawn at the log high school that we had obtained for the occasion. My youngest, Stephen, was baptized along with others in Elk Creek by Pastor Doug Crowder.
Moving to Megalia
After a few years, however, Pastor Crowder’s new responsibilities with ABeka Books took him further travels and it became necessary to move to the Chico Area. When he was there he became involved with a mission church, Megalia Pines Baptist Church, begun in 1997. Unfortunately, the church burned down. The nextg Sunday a tent was erected and the worship and service for the Lord continued while they built a new Worship Center. Later they also added an educational building for the school at the church.
This month, fire again came into the Magalia Pines congregation. Doug and Debra and some of the other members of the church were preparing to evacuate. they needed cars, with enough gas, to make the trip safely from the area. Unfortunately before these 34 persons were able to get away, wildfire raged and surrounded them. the Subway Restaurant across the street was in flames, and there was no escape. They sprinted to the Church where they prayerfully spent the night.
When they were able to safely be evacuated, they found the church and persons unscathed. Even the autumn leaves remained on the trees around the church. Magalia and Paradise suffered an awful devastation, many have lost homes, and the church stands ready to minister to their neighbors and help in the healing. As soon as they are allowed back into Magalia, they will be ready to gratefully serve the Lord and serve the community as a lighthouse amid the community.
Thanksgiving in America
Someone has said, “One thing we won’t agree about is the beginning of Thanksgiving” that we will celebrate this week. But it has always been known years ago, from an eyewitness report, a letter Edward Winslow wrote December 1621 at Plymouth colony in Massachusetts; Edward Winslow wrote a letter told about the buildings and the crops they had sown, for which they had been taught by Squanto and Massasoit “according to the manner of the Indians.”
“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together….at which time,, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and fested, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation…
”And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. We hae found the Indians very faithful in their covenant of peace with us; some ever loving and ready to pleasure us… we often go to them, and they come to us…
Beginning the Holiday Season
The Holiday season, a time of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year should all be a time of us all working together for peace and reconciliation, gratefulness for our blessings and sharing with others. The outside gift wrap and glitter isn’t the core of the holidays, it is love within our hearts and serving each other. We have different colors, creeds and backgrounds, but we are all members of the human family, one blood, one Creator, and we need to act like a loving family. There have been times that have been this way, times after great suffering and starvation in Plymouth colony, times of wildfires and discord on a national election, but if we read the instructions of our Creator, we must realize that if we love Him most of all, we must also love our neighbors, even if they voted a different way than we did.
Happy Camp Celebrates
The Happy Camp Giving program is full steam ahead and Happy Camp community Center is collecting for gifts for children whose families can’t provide that for them. They are also providing food for the Thanksgiving dinner that Nell Sakota and helpers will cook up at the Karuk Multipurpose Room on Second Avenue (where you voted, I hope!) at two o’clock on Thursday afternoon. In order to do this they need your donations for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. This is an opportunity to celebrate from the heart!
Christmas is coming
The Christmas season can make us feel pressured to give the perfect gift or feel let down when we don’t receive what we were hoping for. One local church in Charlotte tried to combat those feelings with a simple message – be grateful for the gifts you already have.
Pastor Blue shared with us a little poem with a big message, Thank God for Little Things.
Thank you God for Little Things,
That often come our way.
The things we take for granted,
But Don’t mention when we pray;
The unexpected courtesy,
The thoughtful kindly deed,
A hand reached out to help us,
In the time of sudden need!
Oh, make us more aware, dear God,
of little daily graces,
That come to us with sweet surprise,
From never dreamed of places
Happy Thanksgiving to you and may it be the beginning of a blessed Holiday season for you and your family and all our friends and neighbors along the wild Klamath River!!
by Judy Bushy
When we all get together for dinner….we have a wonderful time with our Klamath Neighbors. especially
Veterans Appreciation dinner
Saturday night Amber Ogborn and her crew of volunteers made a delicious Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner at the Happy Camp Elementary School. Some children in the Rocket’s had made decorations, and Iris and Para decorated.
We were a bit late as the Computer Center closes at 5 pm on Saturdays, but there was still plenty of food for all. The dessert tables were also arrayed with a wonderful assortment of pies, cake, crisps and cookies!! Yum. It was beautiful! We met a new veteran, Ken, and saw many friends who are veterans as well.
A great big thanks to Amber Ogborn who spearheaded the Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner about a year ago, and arranged to have it at the Happy Camp Elementary School. Also, Lisa Bousfield, Joyce Bell-Hammond, Iris Edwards, Para Edwards Merritt, Linda Thompson and Cody Sindle, and lots of others who helped making decorations (Rockets Club kids notably) bringing the delicious homemade desserts, and helping with clean up. It was wonderful to have the Veterans that were there.
Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch
BY Judy Bushy
Looking ahead, next week is Thanksgiving! Do you believe that the summer is gone and it is time for Thanksgiving all ready??
Just got a message from Nell Sakota to announce that she will be serving a Thanksgiving meal for Happy Camp neighbors who can gather on that day. November 22 is Thanksgiving and dinner will be served at 2 p.m. It will be held at the Karuk gym on 2nd Avenue across from the Log church, or the People’s Center, depending which way you are coming.
If you would like to donate to this event for the whole community, please contact Nell at 530-598-0657. Your generous help will be greatly appreciated and is a good way to be Thankful.
Friends Cook Book
We seem to be on a food theme, guess that’s because we are all enjoying these warm apple pies and other goodies. Last week at the Friends of the Siskiyou County Museum, to hear Bill F. Jeter tell about his boyhood in Hornbrook, which included Scouting with a Karuk Scoutmaster (Leroy), we learned more about the historical cookbook being compiled and how you can help.
Do you have an old family recipe that is a special favorite for your family and friends? The Friends of the Siskiyou County Museum would like to have you help them put together a historical cookbook to benefit the non-profit, Friends of the Siskiyou Museum, whose purpose is to support the museum. It will be sold at the Museum gift shop and other locations and make a good gift next Mother’s Day.
I will be going out December 14th for the local author’s book signing if you’d like me to deliver them to the museum. The deadline isn’t until March, but if you put it off, it will never get done. Deadlines help!
The “Friends” would appreciate if you would copy your favorite historical recipe, and also include a little write up about the person, mom or grandmother or whoever who passed this recipe down to you, and a bit of their story. A photograph of them, perhaps of the dish as well would be appreciated. You can contact Selma Schantz 841-1031 for further information or send an email to fscMuseum (at gmail. com)
Friends of the Siskiyou County. Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our local museum in reaching out to families, students, tourists, and locals through volunteerism, programs, projects, special exhibits, and displays. We want to bring HISTORY to life for many who have rarely stepped into a museum or for those looking to do research. Dues are only $10 per year.
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