Seiad Valley Crafter’s Show their Skills

by Judy bushy

Hole in the Earth Pottery was beautiful!

Seiad Valley is such a fun community! They work together so well and they sure do love their Volunteer Fire Department! That’s why the Seiad Day in August and the Craft Faire in November are such great events!! The proceeds go to the (All volunteer) Firefighters work.

When we first arrived we could see the tables that Les Helsley had set up outside with his wonderful pottery from Hole in the Earth Pottery. The bright colors were sparkling in the sun! There was a wide range of colors and designs, and even a 25% off table! There were only a couple of vendors set up outside as it was quite nippy even though the sun was shining beautifully. A lady had notebooks and folders and pictures that she had made. If I still had kids at home, I’d have loved the wipe-off charts for chores.

An evergreen with snowflake ornaments was the first thing you saw entering the Fire Hall! Tim Pinkos had leather work and there were nifty items by the wire-works skilled craftsman. I remember a few years ago he had a knight’s armor in wire that was so neat, but didn’t see that as most of the items were practical.
Some of the tables were high with placemats and colorful sewn items for the home. Someone put a lot of work into all those projects and they were lovely. There was woodworking too, but the woodworker had stepped away from his table when we were admitting his wood projects.

Pete & Leona with beautiful jewelry and delicious eats!!

It was good to see Leona and Pete McLaughlin who not only had the beautiful jewelry Leona makes, but pretty little bags to use for giving them as gifts. She also had made carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting which are so delicious! Across from her was a display of beautiful large polished jade and other rock materials, made into belt buckles and other things. Floyd Brady had really beautiful stones!
Next to Floyd was Bob Humphries’ son, Chris. He had made Rice-Krispie bars, cookies as well as jam. The jams were cranberry and strawberry. Although they were tempting we didn’t want to eat until lunch which was chili, chowder, filled baked potato and bacon soup or sausage tortellini. I loved the potato and bacon soup, but I got the last bowl. So my husband got the tortellini, but he enjoyed that as well.

Yummy snacks and jams for sale!

Lunches and shopping at the Crafter’s Faire!

Reviving Square Dancing Along the Klamath River

Fun at the SquareDancing gathering!!

Reviving Square Dancing Along the Klamath River
Thanks to Debbie Bickford, who’d been saying, “Be there or be square!” Toe tapping music was coming from the Happy Camp Elementary School Saturday evening. A Square dance caller came from Medford was in Happy Camp Saturday at the Happy Camp Elementary School! There were lots of smiles and lots of instruction on how to do the steps, and it just looked like a good time.

Wayne Eaver is the caller for the Rogue Valley Square Dancers and Callers Association who came to Happy Camp for such a fun Square Dancing experience Saturday evening! They have a website www.rcaca.com/Membership.html#Contact

Square dancing was very popular in Happy Camp back in the 60’s. In fact, there was a popular Square Dancing Club that held a street dance and incorporated lots of other festivities with it. The year was 1966 when they closed off 2nd Avenue and began what has continued since that time as our annual Bigfoot Jamboree over Labor Day weekend. First few years, the Square Dancers handled it and then, I think it was the third year after that; Happy Camp Coordinating Council was organized to continue Bigfoot Jamboree!

Most years we also have a Square Dancing group from Yreka selling Pepsi at the modern Bigfoot Jamboree at the River Park. They didn’t bring their caller, so they don’t dance, even though I ask when they are going to each year. This year they didn’t make it.

According to Wikipedia, “A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square.” Square dances in small towns all across the country are attracting a bunch of people. You’re not just connecting with your partner; you’ve got a whole square, eight people, to share the motions and actions. The music is fun and cheerful and will set your toes a tappin’ too! Just the thing for a chilly Saturday after the rain!!

If your organization is planning an event or activity along the Klamath River Highway 96 communities or in Happy Camp, give me a call if you want me to share it! (493-2900) We’re always home, but if we step out for a moment to go to the post office or for a drive, please leave a message. Emails are welcome as well klamathviews (at) yahoo.com. We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for Celebration of Stella’s Birthday!

151st Brithday Cake


by Judy Bushy
Thanks for all who made the 151st birthday party of Stella W. Patterson such a warm walk down Memory Lane! We loved seeing and visiting with all the friends of Dear Mad’m at the Siskiyou Museum!

It was so great to see Stella’s” young friends,” Rod Diridon, Sr, Claudia and Dick again!Rod came early and it was so great to see him, Claudia and Dick!! His thoughts shared with us about the world of the 1960s that Stella W. Patterson was a part of from France, to San Francisco. Then Stella took it further to students she taught and on the Circle P Ranch, Yreka, and Redding to the simple little cabin on the banks of the Klamath River!!

So thankful for Lisa Gioia, Director of the Siskiyou County Museum, for her hospitality (and slide projection!) of Dear Mad’m walk through Memory Lane today. The Museum volunteers were great! Grateful to those who have shared photographs, items and memories that were shared today!!

Huddleston Oates (brother to Milly in Dear Mad’m) came and shared a plaque from the school he and his sister attended near the cabin site until it closed. Karen Tulledo who has participated in former Dear Mad’m, with writing and fieldtrip events came. We are ALL especially grateful to Barbara Brown of Naturegraph who kept the book available to us all for these years after the hardcover bestseller went out of print!!
Thanks to Roberta and Terry Everett for sharing so much research and Stella’s rocking chair! Terry and Dan Bushy also welcomed arrivals.Leona McLaughlin made a beautiful Birthday Cake for Stella’s 151st birthday today!! After singing Happy Birthday she served the delicious birthday cake!

“Friends” Gather at Museum

All those who reserved a chair and came to share memories– happy times and sad, in the story of Stella’s 80th year!! Thank you to all the museum volunteers who were tremendously helpful as well. This has the same camaraderie as a happy family reunion! Some of us being among the eldest in our families and the younger generation being busy raising the next generation, it is so inspiring to gather to appreciate the simpler days along the Klamath River, and joys and sorrows of life. Thanks to Rod for inspiring us to share this history with the coming generations!!
I hope that the way Stella’s story has inspired so many more will be an encouragement for you all to share your memories of treasured times in your own recollection and of your families, that down in the future would be of interest to your loved ones.

Bigfoot Reigned at a Smokey Bigfoot jamboree

Smoky Bear hats were a hit with the youngsters!!

Saturday the park opened with beer booth and other concessions. At noon and it was Kids “Day at the Park with inflatable’s, a water slide obstacle course and bounce house. This fun for the kids was sponsored by Clinic Pharmacy, Karuk TANF, Sheriff Lopey Foundations, Double J & Pizza House and the KTHA, and Siskiyou Telephone. The First 5 had an event for the little ones too, Tots Fun Day for kids 5 and under.

If you were hungry with the festivities, there was Soushee and Fried Rice or India Mack’s Indian Tacos to satisfy your hunger. There were crocheted, leather, jewelry, wood crafts to appreciate. Throwing a baseball seemed to attract a line of contestants. The Ambulance Crew ran the Dime Toss Game. Fire T-Shirts in various sizes and colors were also available. The Happy Camp Chamber had books of local interest available and Dan Sheets shared his carving, not only on wood and elk horn, and glass. A rattlesnake walking stick that had been transformed from a Madrone curly stick found in the forest was amazing. Face painting, toys and fun for the kids demonstrated their amazing energy!!

Dancing Toes, some of whom have been dancing 3 – 4 years were great!!

The part of the day I most enjoyed was the Dancing Toes Youth Recital. After that, music was the theme of the rest of the evening with open Karaoke and then the Saturday Night Dance with The Roadsters.

Saturday the Neighborhood Watch put on the Pancake Breakfast before the parade. The Theme for this year’s Bigfoot Sunday Parade was TV Cartoons of Today and Yesterday. You should have seen the ’41 Ford Coupe that Mattson from Seiad drove! The non float entries were first place Emma Mattson (2017 Junior Princess) second place winner was Jessica Lantow (2017 Junior Queen) and the third place winner was Happy Camp Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Crew. The Coordinating Council gave Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! These awards would not be possible without the generosity and support of the sponsors for which they are very grateful

The afternoon from 2 on was live music by Jimmy Limmo. At 2 pm the Ducky Derby was held and Jerry McGowan was the winner of the $100 prize which he generously donated back to the Bigfoot Jamboree for next year.

Grand Marshals of the 2017 Bigfoot Jamboree Parade

George and Casey Chambers were the 2017 Grand Marshals of the Bigfoot Jamboree Parade. George moved to happy Camp with his family when he was in third grade. The family left city life to move to Diamond D Ranch in Happy Camp where his father became the town doctor until 1970, with his wife Alice and six children. George graduated valedictorian of the Happy Camp High School class of 1970 and went to UC Santa Barbara where he met Casey. They moved to Happy Camp as newlyweds in August of 1976 after meeting at college.

In the pamphlet the Happy Camp Coordinating Council wrote up about the Chambers, they said that “Each year various members of their extended family and friends come to Happy Camp to see the Parade and attend the Jamboree. It is a Town Treasure. Not only does it allow everyone to visit and enjoy the company of family and friends, but it gives them a chance to support our community. Happy Camp Clubs, businesses and organizations support our youth and those in need all year long. The Jamboree gives them the opportunity to increase their funds, allowing them to continue giving. Each of us needs to get out there and support all the booths and events. Not only is it fun, the money is put to an important use. George and Casey both support Bigfoot Jamboree and want to see it continue for future generations because it is about connections. Locals gather to not only connect with each other, but with those who return to the area after moving away. Those who lived here and moved away come back to visit their past and remember the unique life they had once lived and maintain the friendships they made.

Smoke deterred many from attending this years Bigfoot Jamboree, but we greatly appreciated the friends and family that we were able to see and visit with! We appreciated the graciousness of the Firefighters, who not only labor intensively in catastrophic conditions, but gave the community a bit of joy in the midst of a difficult time. We are grateful for the Firefighters and their support! We are grateful for Jerry McGowan and his team, the third one here to fight the Eclipse Complex. All three teams have been a blessing! We appreciate the communication and concern primarily for firefighter and community safety and welfare and management of Patty Grantham and JeffMarzan, who is our Ranger but also our friend and neighbor! You have no idea of the scope of the efforts to save the forest and community until you see the little tent town with all necessary services to enable them to work long hours, many times in hot, gruelling conditions! Our thoughts and prayers go to them for their selfless sacrifice and our best wishes for their health and safety!!

51st annual Bigfoot Jamboree Begins


by Judy Bushy,m Happy Camp. Labor Day weekend is usually time for Bigfoot Jamboree, but this year wasn’t usual!! Lightening fires started in the area weeks ago. Fires seemed around us in every direction, and having a possible evacuation warning, life goes on. They ask us to put a sprinkler on our roof and pack our bags! They will let us know if it gets closer. At Wednesday’s Community Meeting they said the Oak fire is about a mile and a half from central Happy Camp!!

The question was whether we’d have the 51st Annual Bigfoot Jamboree!! Graciously, the Eclipse Incident Command has said that they would share the park with us. It is like a tent city. Actually with Happy Camp having a population of about 1200 and the Fire Camp of the Fire Fighters is about the same number. Bringing numbers in that equal the residents is interesting.

Fun Began
Fun began at the River Park at 6 PM when the Park opened for Beet booth, Concessions and vendor booths as well as Dan Effman at the grill cooking a steak dinner for those who came to the Kick off Dinner. (It was delicious) At the same time the Co-Ed Softball Tournament was to begin in Gail Zink Memorial Baseball Field. After a good steak dinner, the Junior Princesses Jessica Lantow, Emily Mattson and Abigail Rhodes as well as the Bigfoot Princesses Kara Brink and Nikki Harrison were escorted to the stage for the crowning of each 2017 queen.

Junior Queen and princesses


Kara Brink was crowned Bigfoot Queen while Jessica Lantow was crowned the 2017 Junior Queen. Alan Dyar was the announcer and after the first dance, the queens took raffle tickets to him to announce the winners of the Grand prizes, $200, $100 and a chainsaw, and then a big variety of gift certificates and gifts donated by businesses and others in support of the Bigfoot Queen Contest. A & M Premier Entertainment provided dance with karaoke at the pavilion until the park closed at 11 pm.

Saturday Fun
Saturday the park opened with beer booth and other concessions. At noon and it was Kids “Day at the Park with inflatable’s, a water slide obstacle course and bounce house. This fun for the kids was sponsored by Clinic Pharmacy, Karuk TANF, Sheriff Lopey Foundations, Double J & Pizza House and the KTHA, and Siskiyou Telephone. The First 5 had an event for the little ones too, Tots Fun Day for kids 5 and under.

Games & Vendors
If you were hungry with the festivities, there was Sushi and Fried Rice or India Mack’s Indian Tacos to satisfy your hunger. There were crocheted, leather, jewelry, wood crafts to appreciate. Throwing a baseball seemed to attract a line of contestants. The Ambulance Crew ran the Dime Toss Game. Fire T-Shirts in various sizes and colors were also available. The Happy Camp Chamber had books of local interest available and Dan Sheets shared his carving, not only on wood and elk horn, and glass. A rattlesnake walking stick that had been transformed from a Madrone curly stick found in the forest was amazing. Face painting, toys and fun for the kids demonstrated their amazing energy!!

Dancing
The part of the day I most enjoyed was the Dancing Toes Youth Recital. After that, music was the theme of the rest of the evening with open Karaoke and then the Saturday Night Dance with The Roadsters.

Smoke Clears a bit for Seiad Parade!

Bill Roberts Leading PackTrain & Peggy Goshgarian for SeiadDay

Thank you! Some kind person dropped off some beautiful red tomatoes on our porch!! They were delicious, and beat all our tomatoes from ripening by a couple of days!! Who did it is still a mystery, but we are grateful and wanted to thank whoever it was. Zucchini seems much more prevalent now than a month ago, perhaps faster than one would like when things are so busy with the fire situation in our communities!!

Annual Seiad Day!!
There was a pancake breakfast earlier but then there was the Parade! Bill Roberts, our favorite cowboy poet, rode out in the lead of a string of horse and mules. It’s always fun to see them coming down the highway, like the old time packers when packing was the main business in this area. They were the ones that provided all the needs of the prospectors and miners when they rushed here for gold!! Peggy also came along with more horse and mules. Then we got to see them coming back the other way. All the sirens and noise startle and alarm the pack animals sometimes they get the priority and go first. Then along came a “new” engine of the Seiad Valley Fire Department with Tim driving, and bunches of youngsters on the top to throw out the candy to all the younger kids along the sidelines waiting eagerly for candy to come their way!

Jordan McCartney drove a 1983 Howler 250 and Kevin Garcia 2006 Honda CRF 80 Big Wheel and then came Megan Stutz as Molly the Vespa! Jarrett and Izzy described their vehicle as “The party-mobile.”

The Seiad Engine for the Klamath National Forest; USFS KNF E 74 the Seiad Engine with Smokey the Bear and lots of candy!

Dale Green drove a beautiful blue 1936 Low Cab. Barry Mattson drove a 1941 Super Deluxe Coup. Roy’s shiny black 1929 Model A came before Patrick Ayres’s 1956 Willys Jeep. Last of the antique classics was Bryon Heather‘s 1960 white T Bird.

But not quite, as more antique treasures, of the working variety, were coming. Dave Timbrook drove his 1944 Allis Chalmers B pulling a State of Jefferson Trailer with Majesta Markin and LeeAnn Timbrook on the pig, a brown metal one with diagramed body. Dave was followed by West Timbrook on a 3022E John Deere tractor.

Chicken Poop Bingo came along, but the pretty driver was not Bob Humphries. The Chicken poop bingo game had a new operator this year. Ed Smith drove by with his little compact Vacation Home!” Later we saw that the back of the “vacation home” had a sign, “Vacation in the Smokey Siskiyou’s!! “ Smoke wasn’t as bad as it had been previous couple of weeks, so we were grateful for the weather inversion!!

Deputy Garrison concluded the parade in the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department rig. After the end of the parade, all went to the Fire Hall. The booths were doing lively business. There was a Forest Service booth with Fire Information. woodworking, leather, pottery, jewelry and fabric skills exemplified. Horseshoes participants were busy warming up. The kids found the water slide and bounce house popular.

Speaking of the Eclipse Fire Complex, the Highway 96 is sometimes closed south of Happy Camp because of smoke or vehicle traffic as they change shifts working on the fire. At times the heavy smoke has cut down the visibility to 20 feet. You still need to drive with headlights during the day! The difficulty is that we forget to turn them off when we arrive at our destination leaving dead battery next time we expect to go somewhere!! There is a place you can “hang out” if the smoke is bothering you greatly, at the Karuk Senior Nutrition Site on 2nd Avenue and Highway 96, across the street from the Frontier Café, during the hours from 10 to 4 weekdays. Masks are available from the Clinic for a small price.

Klamath National Forest booth at Seiad Day, and Smokey hats for the kids!! Patricia Grantham, Jeff Marszal, Lessie Lee

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