242nd Birthday Celebration Part II

242nd Birthday of U.S.A.

by Judy Bushy
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
They concluded writing, “For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
When these men, 56 of them, signed their name, King George ordered his soldiers to find and execute them all. He felt this would put an end to the “foolish” rebellion.
They all suffered for their stand! Five who signed were tortured as traitors by the British after capture. Nine fought in the Revolutionary War and died of wounds or hardships. Their families suffered also, two lost sons in the Continental Army and two had sons captured. A dozen had their homes pillaged and burned.
We think of them as heroes, but they were working men, 25 were professional lawyers or jurists, 11 were business men, nine were farmers or had plantations, one taught school, one was a musician and ol’Ben was a printer. But despite their backgrounds, their diversity in occupations and parts of the country they came from, they discussed and debated, and, yes, they prayed for understanding and wisdom, and founded our Republic, not a democracy.
Today, it is sad we see so little cordial discussing with others of various viewpoints to know their views and the things that we have in common. We might be able to make decisions with more wisdom if we did. That’s what it takes to build a new nation together; perhaps that’s what it takes to keep it together as well.
Remember the days in Happy Camp when Hazel Joyner said everyone got together for a big picnic and games and fun, or start a new tradition. Whatever you do, rafting, boating, family picnics or ball game with friends, renew your commitment to making our country a better place by throwing out the hate, committing to care about others, so that we get the best wisdom from all sides.
Some of our neighbors have lost their home this week. Some of our neighbors have sorrows, and some of which we may not know anything about, but together we can set about to work together to make a better country for us allRoyal Blue shared this poem on Morning Inspiration
I know these things must always be
To keep a nation strong and free;
One is a hearth stone bright and dear
Where busy happy loved ones near.
One is a ready heart and hand
To love and serve and keep the land.
One is a firm and beaten way
To where the people go to pray.
So long as these are kept alive,
a Nation and people will survive,
Go keep them always everywhere
the home, the heart, the place of prayer.

Don’t forget the Happy Camp Farmer’s Market Thursday at Gail Zink Park from 5:30 – 7
Saturday is Karuk Reunion. Starting with the 5K Run, there are activities all day long.
August 10-14 is the Siskiyou Golden Fair and then it is time for getting ready for back to school. Seiad Day will be August 28th and August 30, September 1 & 2 is our Annual Bigfoot Jamboree.
Let’s work together and have a wonderful summer!! In the meantime, have a happy Fourth of July!

242nd Birthday Celebration Part 1

242nd Birthday of the U.S.A.

by Judy Bushy
July has arrived. Next comes Fourth of July, when we celebrate signing the Declaration of Independence. This document, along with the Constitution and Bill of Rights which are amendments added, are collectively known as the Charters of Freedom, and have guaranteed the rights of the citizens of the United States of America.
Hostilities, raging battles between the Colonists and British had broken out in April of 1776, but there was no unity of view on separation from the “Mother Country”. That was too radical for many!
When the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia Richard Henry Lee wanted to make a resolution of independence. It wasn’t approved. The debate was very heated, but these men were accustomed to debate and talk out the various sides of an issue.
They didn’t make a vote on the resolution, but did appoint five men: Thomas Jefferson who was also of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Robert R. Livingston of New York and famous, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania. Although Ben, as far as I know, never became a Christian, he called for prayer for reconciliation of the sharp differences of opinion and stances of the meeting. At the same time, Ben was horrified by the thought of a world without religion. “If Men are so wicked as we now see them with Religion,” Franklin wrote, “what would they be if without it.”
If they had refused to talk out the issues, and just went off each to their own separate factions, we’d still be a British colony. But they did work out the differences and July 2nd the vote was nearly unanimous. New York delegates had abstained, but later affirmed the matter, and the resolution for independence was passed. Now we have advanced to the 242nd birthday of our country!
John Adams wrote to his wife that he believed that this independence (although he thought it would be the day of the vote on the 2nd not the signing on the 4th) would be “celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary festival” including “pomp, parade,…games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” It is a good time to remember how this all began.
They believed that God had endowed (or given them) certain unalienable Rights, and we know those rights better than the rest of the document; “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

242nd Birthday of the U.S.A.

Positive Pedestrians on the Pacific Crest Trail

50 Years of the Pacific Crest Trail

Have you ever hiked the Pacific Crest trail??
It is getting more popular in literature lately I think, ever since the movie made from Cheryl Strayed’s biographical adventure book, Wild. Cheryl Strayed, in a reaction of her mother’s death, fer family scattered and her marriage ended, with nothing more to lose, she made an impulsive decision, an inexperienced novice, she would hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California, Oregon and Washington and do it alone. A reviewer said the book is “Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” I was disappointed by the details that she gave of most areas of the hike but after Castle Crags, after a brief mention of Seiad Valley, she mentions seeing California Oregon border. The part I was most interested, she just skipped over mostly.

Another book, Zero Days, where couple, Captain Bly and Nellie Bly took a 10 year old daughter on the same hike, from Mexico to Canadian border. They said that sometimes it seemed that it was easier for Scooter than it was for the adults. In fact the mother, I believe had to take some time off near the end of the hike due to physical difficulties. It is after all, a 2,659 mile hike

So this week I finished reading Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery. It is the story of 67 year old Emma Gatewood, a farm lady, who walked the entire Appalachian Trail (AT). . I think that they may falsely advertise it as the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, but is about approximately 2,181 miles long, from Georgia to Maine. (Seems to me, that’s nearly 500 miles shorter than the PCT, but after you hike well over 2K miles, who’s to quibble.) She was mother of eleven children and more than twice as many great-grandchildren. Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the whole AT back in the fifty’s, and then she did it again, once as Thru-hiker and last time in sections and then she walked the Oregon Trail from Independence Missouri to Portland at 72. She was well-read, well-spoken and white glove proper lady, but didn’t have a comb with her on the first hike.

These accounts remind me of Indian Ned who lived down by Clear Creek until he was 115 years of age, and hearing of his walking trips, although the only invention of whites he really appreciated was the automobile!! Walking has many health benefits, as well. Even Hippocrates stated, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” Regular and longer walks not only increase your chances of living longer, but also help get more energy, lose weight, stay healthy and positive.
Charles Dickenson once said, “The sum of the whole is this, walk and be happy, walk and be healthy!”

Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch is on Patrol!

Judy Bushy, Happy Camp

Love the New Signs for the Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch Patrol and all the VOLUNTEERS who meet Monday, June 4th at 5:30 at Partners Deli & Arcade on Highway 96 next to the Forest Service District Office to work together to cure crime because we care about our neighbors!!

First Monday of May was the Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch meeting. My apology to any who may have thought it was at the Karuk Housing Authority Conference Room, no idea that they were changing it to the Partner’s Deli & Arcade. It appears that it will be there next month also, June 4th at 5:30. That would make it so convenient to have Dan Effman there, except he didn’t make it this time. Sheriff’s Deputy Gabe Garrison didn’t make it either, but he was taking a “guest” to the jail, and is excused for official business. There was still a good turnout for the meeting, and business was taken care of in an efficient and professional manner.

The patrols have been seen out much more as well. If your home or business needs special patrolling, be sure to contact one of the Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch volunteers (David Culbert, Lisa Bousfield) Do not put it on Facebook, please. If perchance a burglar sees your bragging that you are going on around the world tour for the next couple of weeks, he may think that it is an invitation to stop by and visit your home since you aren’t there.

Wonderful Business Opportunities in a Place of Beauty!

Happy Camp on the Wild and Scenic Klamath River

We love Happy Camp and our Klamath Neighbors, and walking in beauty of Creation everyday!

by Judy E. bushy April 8, 2018
Spring is beautiful along the Klamath River Highway! Happy Camp may be remote, separated from lots of fast food and retail places by nearly 75 miles, but this former Gold Rush town is full of neighborly people. Happy Camp was even listed in a book of Ghost Towns of California, but it endured due to the logging and timber industry.

Outdoor Family Fun
There have always been the hunters and fishing enthusiasts who come to enjoy our town. The goldpanners didn’t stop coming in the 1950’s and we would still have more if they were allowed to pursue recreational gold mining.

Recreation and Refreshment
One of the last big attractions is the rafting on the Klamath River where Happy Camp is situated on the best family rafting place to be found. At the same time, one can be remote enough to see abundance of birds and wildlife to make the trip very enjoyable.

Mill closed
Then in mid-1990’s the last big mill that had employed shift workers around the clock closed and since then families left for employment and the school attendance declines. More retired folks have come back to fond memories of their childhood in this beautiful place.

We are anticipating the opening of the new Karuk health facility, and always grateful that it serves the entire community, as does the Computer Center and other Karuk Tribe organizations.

Small Business Opprotunity
There’s room in Happy Camp for small businesses. The Frontier Café and Saloon has been wearing a “For Sale” sign, as well as the R & C Second Hand store, which also housed a dog grooming business and barber shop next door. Next to the former Barber shop is the former Second Avenue Salon where ladies could go have full beauty care and then Evans Mercantile which at one time held most of the clothes, household and gift retail sales, adding feed and garden, and the brick building that housed the J. Camp Mercantile in the 1860’s made from bricks made in Happy Camp. There’s also an Auto Supply Owner willing to retire, all that’s needed is a young entrepreneur who can operate a successful business in the wonderful town of Happy Camp.

By the end of the week, Karuk members and employees will be enjoying an introduction to the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka. That means soon the gaming facility will be open to the public. It was interesting to see the menu of the food that will be prepared for guests at the Casino, at the Sportsman’s Expo. It must be so very exciting for the new place to open and so many new employees will be working there. One of the biggest needs in our Siskiyou County is for more employment opportunities!!

Spring is in the air! It’s been beautiful, except when the April Showers came. But even the rain brings anticipation of the spring flowers coming and blooming in MayThe Calendar at Marble Mountain Gift Co. is filling up slowly but surely. This Monday was the monthly meeting (delayed a week from the original schedule) at 5:30 at the Karuk Housing Authority.

Ruth Bain let me know that Happy Camp Grange will be having a big Sale. June 2nd will be the big opportunity for an Indoor or Outdoor Yard Sale at the Happy Camp Grange. That will delightfully be able to be held without concern for the weather report. The Grange will be letting you know soon about the plans, and getting out a flier, so plan now. While you are spring cleaning, you can get rid of some dusty clutter, white elephants, or things the family has outgrown, and turn them into income with a Sale so that they can bless someone to whom they will be new!

The Founding of Happy Camp after Blackburns’ Ferry

Sunday Morning for the Miners

Harry Wells had History of Siskiyou County published in 1881. It tells how Happy Camp left Klamath County and became part of Siskiyou County which was provided for March 28, 1874, but contingent on a vote. It wasn’t to be easily accomplished,until finally there was a meeting of commissioners to divide up the valuation, debts and cash on hand of the respective counties August 14, 1876.

in the spring of 1851 a Ferry on the Klamath River, five miles below the mouth of the Trinity, was established. The proprietors were Gwin R. Tompkins and Charles McDermit, and they placed it in charge of Blackburn, before they went off prospecting in Oregon. They left Blackburn and his wife with a shanty by the Klamath River. James Sloan, Mr. Janalshan and Mr. Bender assisting, had a tent on the other side of an open air kitchen and dining room.

They talked differently in those days, and Harry Wells tells how “One day, Mrs. Blackburn, a noble woman of the brave pioneer class that have been led by love to follow the footsteps of their idol into the very heart of the wilderness, noticed that the stock of bullets had become exhausted. She immediately molded a large quantity, and by this prudent act and her afterward heroic conduct saving the lives of herself and her husband that self-same night.“

In the night the three assistants were killed in the tent, but the last gave a cry of warning. Alerting, Blackburn and his wife who were able to fight off the attackers.
In the morning, A. E. Raynes, William Young and William Little came on the other side of the River looking for ammunition for occupants of a cabin where they had stayed overnight. The first body that they found, when turned over, turned out to be Mr. Blackburns’ father whom he had not seen for ten years, but was coming from Trinidad to see him. The three men left the Blackburns’ there and went to Trinidad to raise ten men to come and help them.

On the way back, above the Lagoon, these thirteen men came upon canoes with Redwood Creek Indians and had a battle before the Indians withdrew. They then came upon Bald Hill Rancheria and were going to attack, but the occupants had “departed to more peaceful scenes.“

At the mouth of the Trinity River, Durkee’s ferry, they believed the large Rancheria of Klamath River Indians who they believed had attacked Blackburn’s place, but they’d been warmed of the attack and only a few of the 300 occupants were still there, so the party disbanded and went their several ways. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that the owners in Oregon went to examine the site. The place was deserted and left in “ruin and desolation” so they left off pursuing and got back to prospecting up the Klamath River.

Then Harry Wells tells about the founding of Happy Camp and the Fight at Lowden’s Ferry
To Quote Wells, “The founders of Happy Camp, late in July 1851 were Charles McDermit, Abisha Swain, Gwin R. Tompkins, Charles D. Moore, Thomas J. Roach, L. H. Murch, J.H. Stinchfield, Mr. Cochrane, Jeremiah Martin, William Bagley, Daniel McDougall, Jack McDougall, William McMahon and James Carr. They built a cabin which they used as a store-house, and Cochrane remained there to look after the property and mules, while the others scattered along the river mining. Sundays, all met at the cabin.”

With the prospects looking good, around the campfire, the men decided to name the camp, Happy Camp! Happy Camp has endured for 167 years! Many places were abandoned, as prospectors went to where the rumors of gold strikes sounded promising, but Happy Camp is still here.

It had previously been named Murder’s Bar from two prospectors, William Mosier and (Mr) McGee (or by some given as Mr. Reaves) deaths, but a short time before. Therefore, miners were afraid to trust the occupants of the Rancheria upriver a bit. The injunction to keep away from the cabin was not heeded and the sad events at Lowdens Ferry followed. Sadly, conflict, and vengeance were prominent in the early days, bringing death and vigilanteism. It has taken time and the healing of many wounds, to have the community work together in unity, but Happy Camp is a happy place, and the neighbors work together as willing volunteer, buidling a log high school (1933) a Fire Hall and Grange, and the former Clinic on Parkway. when we work together amazing things area accomplished!!

Note:Redick McKee mentions the camp on November 8, 1851 as “Mr. Roache’s Happy Camp at the place called Murderer’s Bar.” Before that, the Karuk name for the site previously there was Akuknihraanhirak. Much later, H. C. Chester, who interviewed Jack Titus about 1883 states that Titus claimed he named the town when his friend, James Camp declared, This is the happiest Day of my life” when he arrived here but this was a decade later.

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