Community Connects @ Fair!

Music at the Community Connection Fair was enjoyed by young to old, by guest from Weed playing Banjo, Gerry Canning, Scott Nelson, and Tai Kim.

Music at the Community Connection Fair was enjoyed by young to old, by guest from Weed playing Banjo, Gerry Canning, Scott Nelson, and Tai Kim.

What a beautiful day in May for the Community Connection Fair. It was a lively bunch of vendors and activities at the Old Town Park with foot tapping music accompaniment to it all. The Happy Camp Community Computer Center put on the fair especially to introduce everyone to the regional job opportunities and educational opportunities available here. That music was good too!! Thanks to Tai, Scott, Gerry and a guest banjo player that played out on the green grass.

The Art Class from Happy Camp High School made beautiful cards which were for sale as a fundraiser. Rich Kelley had his beautiful array of Happy Camp Jade jewelry. Judy Armbruster of the Gardeners Market and Kathi from Swill up Creek had plants and the gorgeous photographs she has taken shared a booth.

The Art Council as well as the Computer Center had food available. If you only wanted a snack, the Karuk Youth program had sno-cones that seemed to be very popular. Shelby brought Lisa Aubrey a sno cone as she sat at her booth, offering hacky sack, kick balls. They were very popular with the teenagers that were there! They kept that ball bouncing with amazing dexterity!

Karuk Tribe also had a table with multiple things available from Head start at the beginning. They also had a wonderful little booklet called “Peek-wa Storied; Ancient Indian Legends of California by Grover C. Sanderson (Eaglewing) of the Karuk Tribe. This little booklet was first published in 1938. It had not been republished since 1960 and it was his son, Jack Sanderson, Sr. who decided to edit, revise and publish the 17 legends in this book. The Illustrations by Jack R. Sanderson, Sr. and Kevin Wallace with cover design by Darlene Brown. It is an enjoyable little book of stories, can’t wait to read the rest.

Sharon Cook and Veronica Rasmussen had a booth for the Forest Service with lots of information and throwing discs for the kids. An owl and bear cub in their display interested the children. Some of the kids seemed to enjoy climbing on the giant there – they can be so creative when there are no playground facilities!

One especially impressive booth was from the Weed Chamber of Commerce. They had many things, shirts to match covers with”I (love/heart) Weed” on them. They also had brochures about their town and a directory listing of Chamber members. A publication of the arts people from all over Siskiyou County was also available. From their newsletter I learned that the Scott Valley Bank has won a national service award from the Independent Community Bankers of America. The Bank was chosen from over 5000 banks for its employee involvement and Community Service. What good news!

The Horse Therapy booth had horse figurines holding down all their information so the breezes didn’t carry it away, Cliff Stockton manned the Family Resource Center booth and shared kid’s books with the youngsters. Computer Center had information on the classes that College of the Siskiyou will be offering through Distance Learning and Internet classes. You would really be surprised how many people in our community are taking classes. A lot of young girls are taking child development classes for early childhood education and even high school students are getting ahead on their credits with classes. Seems like there are classes for everyone no matter what your age or interest. If you have an interest in learning but have been reluctant to travel the great distances to take classes, talk to Emma Lee Johnson at the Computer Center and she can help you get started! The Happy Camp Community Computer Center number is 493-5213.

John Kufner Retirement
at Happy Camp RiverPark May 15th

Thank you, Mr. Dyar, for the photo of John Kufner receiving Model Coach of the Year Award!

After 38 years of service to the youth of Happy Camp, during which he has coached in football and other sports activities, John Kufner will retire. John has also been the head of the science department of the Happy Camp High School. June 11th will be graduation for the senior class and for Coach Kufner.

There will be a Retirement party for John at the River Park May 15th. Bring a dish to share with all to this potluck retirement party for John Kufner. Spread the news and bring a friend. You can call Ruth at 493-2611, Linda 275-2574 or Wayne Weuignzinger 541-292-6266.No reservations are necessary.

It just doesn’t seem possible that John Kufner won’t be there when school starts in the fall!! But we do hope that he will be enjoying well earned leisure and has fun out on the golf course!

Our Log Memorial High School – 1933

by Judy Bushy

The Log Memorial Building on 4th Avenue & East Street is an important part of Happy Camp’s History. It shows how one man with a vision of giving the young people of Happy Camp an education could enlist the support of many community members. Out of the unity of working together towards that purpose, great things were accomplished. Times looked bleak in 1933 and the country was in the great depression, but that obstacle didn’t stop the community from completing a high school in Happy Camp.

In 1922 Gorham Humphreys started a school for Happy Camp Students that included the first two years of high school. The classes were held at the local grammar school. Mr. Taylor was the school’s first teacher. He was followed by Miss Rudd who taught for four years. The two year course was discontinued in 1928 for about three years, according to Justice Court Judge Philip Toleman. He spoke at a dinner served by the high school home economics department.

Humphreys obtained re-establishment of the two year high school after campaigning at his own expense to the district board. There were about 30 students then and they needed a four year course and a separate place from the grammar school which was also overcrowded.

On March 3, 1933 with all the banks in the country closed and the depression in full swing, Gorham Humphreys, Dr. Mason and Judge Toleman presented to the district board the Grange plan to get people together to build a school for Happy Camp. Toleman said that, “the board had a really a tough row to hoe, taxpayers were broke and appeared to request all expenditures be cut to the bone.” Still, Ed Kaupp of Mt. Shasta helped turn the board in favor of the project and they promised $500 for the purpose.

Bert Newton donated the land, helped build the Log High School and lost his life due to illness contracted when serving at a school activity. Bert Newton started freighting with horses from Hornbrook to Klamath River points in 1910. From 1919 to 1930 he carried mail and parcel post from Hornbrook to Happy Camp, buying freighter franchises from Walter Bower and George Howard. By 1927 a new era arrived—the automobile replaced horses everywhere—so that spring he turned 57 head of stage horses loose with a herd of wild horses on the Bogus Range. He couldn’t even give them away!

Meanwhile, in 1920, he and his partners, his brother I.S. Newton and Harry Pence, purchased most of the unimproved land in Happy Camp. They erected a store, some cabins, a campground and a saw mill. He built the first building on what is now the Happy Camp Ranger Station at 2nd Avenue and Airport Road and leased it as headquarters to the Forest Service for many years. The Log High School was then where the present high school is located.

Gorham Humphreys initiated the idea of the high school building and must have been able to convince many in the community of the value of proceeding to build, as it seems the community worked together with uncommon unity.

Logs for the new log high school were donated by the Forest Service and cut under the direction of Bob Titus. Toleman was in charge of the building operations. Milt Fowler set the foundation forms. Gravel was hauled by Ralph Gordon. Pete Grant, Mike Effman and others chopped notches in the logs. When things got “bogged down” in August (of 1933) men weren’t able to come when needed and a few forgot they had pledged a certain amount of labor. Many in town thought maybe they had “bitten off more than we could chew…” That is when the women of the Grange put on a couple of noon picnics to get a large group together to put on the roof. Other women encouraged the work on optimistically. Ora head (Mrs. Guy Head) encouraged the workers to stay with it, urging all to remember that “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

In September, two large classrooms were ready for Mr. Lowe and Miss Fite, the teachers, to begin classes. The people of Happy Camp had built a high school for education of its young people with only about $1,000 from the District Board.

In November of 1933 a dedication was held. At that time, Toleman said, “we were hearing a lot about the age of rugged individualism that was past. At this time I would like to say that it was that spirit, combined with a will to help each other, that did the job. And in passing I believe that it is proper to note that the teachers who lead in the education of our youth and who at times may wonder if their efforts are really appreciated cannot help but feel that the answer is YES, when they have occasion to work in or even hear of a high school that has grown under the conditions that this one has here in Happy Camp.”

The first graduating class in 1935 included Mae Barney, Marshall Vanhoy, Ruth Baker, Robert Humphreys, Nina Sedros, Edna Fowler, Paul Good, Geraldine Titus, George Logan and Florence Sutcliffe.

Gorham Humphreys must have felt great happiness when his son, Robert, was one of the first graduates of the school. He had seen a need for a high school and enlisted others to work with him to bring his vision to reality. Several of his children had died but his surviving four daughters and son had a great example of a father’s concern for their education. Of his daughters, Bertha married Tom Carter who was Forest Ranger. Viola became a nurse, Aurelia was a teacher and Hazel went to college in Marin County and then married Finley Joyner. The son, Robert, who graduated in 1935 died in Italy on the last day of the war in Europe.

Eventually a new high school building was needed. The principal, Arthur French, said “For two and one-half years teachers and equipment have been crowded together into 2,400 square feet of floor space.” The new building was expected to cost $438,000 and the bond bill was to be voted on according to the April 16, 1955 Klamath River Courier. “The new facility provided a large modern home economics room and a complete science room. It would also allow development of a commercial department and library.” Dr. Jere Hurley, Superintendent of Siskiyou County’s Joint Union High School District gave the speech dedicating the new building to “the principles of democracy and the Constitution of the United States, to all students –past, present and future.” Short addresses were also given by Sharon Titus, Carol Evans and Gene Erskin of the High School Student Board.

The old Log Memorial Building was to be moved to another site, and perhaps used for a library or museum. It was believed to be the only high school building constructed of logs still in use at the time. When “Old Timers” look at the Log Memorial Building they recall how the whole community united in the effort to bring education to our children.. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we work together toward our goals!

Kufnerland Dedicated at HCHS

In honor of coach John Kufner serving 37 years coaching sports at Happy Camp High School, the football field was recently dedicated to him. After 30 years of teaching science and P.E. classes, John Kufner plans to retire at the end of the school year.

“John Kufner has been a driving force of the school long before he started teaching 30 years ago. This takes an amazing amount of caring and dedication to the students, the school and the community. The countless hours of practice, discussions, films, and meetings are going to go away, I have wondered what he was going to do with his spare time, said Alan Dyar, principal at Happy Camp High School.

Kufner replied, “There is always a golf course nearby.”

Coach Kufner’s focus on the 15 principles of pursuing victory with honor speaks volumes as to the measure of the man. He especially exemplifies the six core principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. It’s what he is all about, added Mr.Dyar.

Special thanks to Kevin Harrison, Justin “Spanky” Markham, Ethan Cook, Seth Pine, Corey Barnett, and Brandon McCartney for making the sign. Also Mardee Tower, Charley Reed, Florence Peters, Jessie Camareno, Rio Lloyd, and Kyle Carney as sanders. Superintendent Mike Matheson congratulated Mr. Kufner from the Siskiyou Union High School District. Former principal, Jay Clark, also shared recollections of Coach Kufner’s influence on students of the past.

“Love is the Anti-Drug” Community

Happy Camp and the other small communities along the beautiful wild Klamath River aren’t immune to the problems of other communities, including alcohol and other drug abuse. However, an active body of the citizens concerned for the health and safety of our young people has begun meeting to take action to say “It is not OK” for our youth to be lost by tragedy caused by alcohol and other drug use.

The First meeting in November at Room 3 at the Happy Camp High School was a potluck followed by a spirited discussion by the community members who overwhelmed the room. There were no desks left to sit at the kitchen was full of standing people who came to see that something is done to rescue our children from this scourge

The second meeting in December was moved to the Happy Camp Grange but also included a potluck before the meetingl Sueanne Thurman from McCloud facilitated the meeting as the group brainstormed for solutions to the community problem.

Community Seeks Solutions

The Happy Camp community is closely knit, almost like a family. Like a family, we have our differences and disagreements, but we also know that our Klamath neighbors care when we face sorrows and hardships. They’ve proven themselves in the past.

It is going to take all of us working to gether to reach the goals that we want to see for our children’s lives. One of the greatest concerns is death and other serious consequences of the impact of alcohol and other drug use by our young people.

As a community we will be seeking ways to reduce access, educate, and support recovery of young people. There will be a potluck dinner Thursday, Nov. 20th at the Happy Camp High School. Potluck dinner will ber served at 5:30 and if you come for dinner, please stay for the meeting at 6:45. See you at Room 3!

Further information may be obtained from Happy Camp Family Resource Center 493-5117.

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