Friday Art Supper on Bigfoot Corner/Homecoming

By Alan CrockettWe’re having another sensational Art Dinner this Friday the 16th at 6 pm!
We’re hoping you can join us again for the best “Indian Food in Siskiyou County.*” This time cooked by my folks, Alan and Clara.

Sag Panner-A delicate and exquisitely spiced blend of velvety smooth Spinach Sauce combined with Homemade Indian Cheese and Red Bell Peppers.

Bengal Spiced Red Lentils- The creamiest richest sauciest lentils you’ve ever tasted.
with Yogurt and Mint Raitas and Basmanti Rice Pilaf.
And of course a great new music mix and a slew of ice cold drinks to boot!

If you’ve never had it you should definitely try it.
Its sure to open the doorways of perception!

Then afterwards, there will be all the HOMECOMING football game events to check out!

Who will be crowned the Homecoming Queen???

The perfect ending to a fabuous but fantasticly busy week!!!

This Week in Happy Camp, Homecoming

Wednesday, Sept.13th Junior Back in the Day Day/ School Pictures/Karuk Class 2nd period/ Back to School night/5:00 to 7:00pm/ Powder Puff Game 5pm/ Art’s Scholarship Dinner/ Elementary School Volleyball Game/ Youth Council Conference Planning meeting 2pm/

Thursday, Sept. 14th Senior Color Day

Friday, Sept. 15th Blue and Gold Day/ King and Queen elections during 1st period/

Pep-Rally/ Homecoming Parade 2pm/Homecoming Practice 12:30pm with escorts/ Welcoming Committee/ Singing of the National Anthem/ Football Game /Senior Class Cake Raffle/ Homecoming Ceremony/ Homecoming Dance/ 9pm to 12pm/

Football Gate Dorie and Diane/Football Band from Saied Valley with De Kelner

Happy Camp Celebrated our literary celebrity! Dear Mad’m

Happy Camp celebrated a literary celebrity of our community. The book “Dear Mad’m” by Stella Walthall Patterson has brought many visitors to our community and encouraged many “senior citizens” to lead an adventurous life despite advancing years.Three ladies retired from careers in Chicago and moved to Happy Camp after reading this book published in 1956 and still a favorite today!

Stella Walthall Patterson moved and celebrated her 80th birthday on a remote mining claim in the mountains near Happy Camp, CA launching an experiment. She began living alone in a cabin by the Klamath River in the Siskiyou Mountains with her dog, Vickie, for a year, This tale of her adventure has won the hearts of Happy Campers and many others

The town of Happy Camp celebrated “Dear Mad’m Day in August with many visitors from afar at the Picnic Luncheon. Sandwiches, BBQ ribs, salads and specialty breads, as well as Dolly’s Strawberry Lemonade and dessert were enjoyed under the shade of the sugar maple trees on the green lawn of the Klamath River Resort Inn on the Klamath River east of Happy Camp, a beautiful setting for a picnic!!

We are so pleased that guests who have knew our Dear Mad’m from their time on the River, Rodney Diridon, Sr, his wife Dr. Gloria Dunn, his sister, Claudia and her husband, Rodney, Claudia and their brother, Ton who wasn’t able to be in Happy Camp for this event were the “Friends of Dear Mad’m on the cover of the first edition published in 1956. They grew up in Dunsmuir but visited grandparents, on the mining claim on the Klamath in the summer. Rod Diridon told of the “river apples” that needed picking up upon their arrival, and other tales of that era from the viewpoint of a young boy on summer vacation.

Peter and Elizabeth Walthall Lismer, whose book (Dear Mad’m, Who Was She?} will be published by Naturegraph were here researching the story of Dear Mad;ms life. Cinyhia and her friend the niece of James Patterson of Willow Creek. who Stella married about the time following the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 brought family photos to share. Hazel Davis Gendron who used her artistic talents for a portrait of Stella Patterson and is a well known authority of the history of life along vicinity of the claims on the Klamath was also present. Numerous other fans and “Friends of “Stella” from near and far came to the Picnic Luncheon.
Rid Diridon, well known in political circles in California and called the Father of Transportation in the state was glad to share thoughts about Stella, the Clear Creek Claim and our even earlier times at the Classic Hill placer mine. The Classic Hill placer mine was about 12 miles up Indian Creek near the state line. Grandfather John Covert filed three mining claims at Clear Creek with Fred Crook around 1910 and Fred, an authentic mountain man, stayed there to do the annual “claim improvements” to hold title. Grandpa wondered off to earned and loose a couple of fortunes. Seems he was a brilliant builder but imbibed a bit too much.

After quite a time in set design and construction in Hollywood, Grandpa helped to build the Hurst’s Wintoon “Castle” from the mid 1930s to the late 1940s. After an altercation with a couple of loggers in a Dunsmuir bar, Grandpa resettled (was resettled) on the Classic Hill Mine that was purchased by Grandma Allie’s Redding-based logging family (Middleton, Cocherine, and Notley) for timber rights.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s Grandpa worked the claim illegally in the winter when the streams were muddy so his tailings weren’t discernible. It was a massive old systems with miles of ditches and high flooms, hydrolic “giants” and piping, a small town (blacksmith shop, stables, hay shed, machine repair shop, large orchard, etc.) at the main HQ bunk house and superintendents home dating to the late 1800s. He worked the claim with a team of Native Americans led by a man who he called the “Big Indian”, a giant who scared the devil out of this young kid.

There was an altercation in Happy Camp on a Friday night between Grandpa and the Big Indian over a remarkably pretty red headed lady (she used to hug me until I thought I’d smother). After that notorious confrontation…and because of the Red Head, Grandma Allie moved to the Classic Hill and they then moved to the Clear Creek claims with Fred. Grandpa built a very nice home, later cut in two and moved to Happy Camp after Caltrans condemned and bought the claim in the early 1960s to straighten and widen the road.

Presentation of Dear Mad’m to Barbara Brown who is the publisher of the Dear Mad’m book at Naturegraph Publishers in Happy Camp and Dear Sir award to a miner who works on the River and is friend to all, human and animal.

Books of local authors, as well as the Dear Mad’m book and a Nellie Ladd book of Photos of the Denny area were available for purchase as we honored our local neighbors who use their writing and artistic talents to enrich our lives. The Klamath Writers Group of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce that meets every Sunday afternoon is planning the luncheon picnic to celebrate Stella Patterson and those who still maintain the spirit she exemplifies today!.

Following the luncheon, Dave Tulledo of the Happy Camp District office of the Klamath National Forest planned to take the group to Ferry Point to see remains of Dear Sir and Up and Up’s claim as well as the part of the mining claim where three ladies from Chicago made their home for many years. The cabin where Dear Madm lived was destroyed when Highway 96 was improved years ago.

However, the tour guide was called away to a wildfire in the Doolittle Creek area and was not able to unlock the gate and take the group to see the sites. Undaunted, several of the Dear Mad’m fans explored the remnants of the other claims at Ferry Point which was an adventure in itself. Quickly discovered that going off the gravel path was not advised and several vehicles needed a push or pull with a chain to get back on the right track.

For a fitting close to the day of activity, there was a campfire around down by the River at the Klamath River Resort Inn. Pete Winslow played his guitar and sang some, especially a song fitting the age of Dear mad;m, My get up and go has got up and went and a precious little tune he had written also.
Dr, Gloria Dunn made great s’mores. All enjoyed the flow of the River going by and seeing shooting stars in the sky.

Next year, October 12-14, 2012 will be the Second annual Dear mad’m Day in Happy Camp. October 14 is the actual birthday of Stella Patterson although for the purpose of the book they had changed it to April. Watch the Website for further information next summer.

ARTISTS ON THE RIVER: Gloria Chappelear

Gloria Chappelear Paintings

By Marilyn Townsend

Rivers inspire the hidden artist in ordinary people, proving they are not really ordinary. Or extraordinary people are irresistibly drawn to rivers to express their artistic natures, maybe both. My river is teeming with artists.
The Klamath is my river. I own the Klamath; the Klamath owns me. That’s how it goes. Let me tell you about an artist on my river.
Gloria Chappelear lives on the Klamath River. Right on it. When the river floods, her vegetable garden is under several feet of water. Since 1964, Gloria has lived on the Klamath and painted the woods, and trees, and people that surround her.
Gloria was born in 1934 in South Dakota, to a mother who was a painter, and father who farmed a rented section of land on the Sioux Indian Rosebud Reservation. There they farmed and raised seven daughters. Some of her mother’s paintings grace the walls of the house on the Klamath. Gloria attended the University of Iowa, majoring in art education.
She moved to Happy Camp in 1964, with two children, and three more children were added to her home. She has lived in Alturas, Tulelake, and Lake Tahoe, always returning to Happy Camp; even after a short time in Arizona, Happy Camp called her back.
During all this time, she painted, persevering even when one child tried to eat the yellow paint. She painted church nursery walls, and illustrations for church and Sunday school lessons. Gloria has taught art in the elementary school and was an art instructor for a while at COS.
She does plein-aire painting with her best friend Dian Hokanson, and paints from her own photographs, and photos borrowed from friends. Many of Gloria’s paintings are of the forest and individual trees, because “they’re always there.” But she paints portraits and rodeos, and zoo animals, and any subject that captures her spirit. The poet in her names the paintings. “Tenacious”, and “Old Timer” are trees, and “Modern Madonna” is her daughter with a grandchild.
Like many artists, Gloria has more than one area of expertise. One of her arts is woodworking. She builds her own furniture and carves it, and paints the carvings. No need to build something functional without making it also beautiful. And she improves on the gingerbread houses in the magazines because they forget to make the shingles overlap; being a woodworker she knows all shingles overlap!
As if this were not enough, she quilts, bakes her own bread, and makes the most delicious cookies. She raises her own vegetables, and keeps chickens for eggs.
When asked why she paints, she struggles with an answer. After talking about composition, and the path the eye travels with good composition, she finally says she paints “to remember things…because I love to.” And then it all comes out. With a feisty grin she says she paints because ”I’m gettin’ good at it!” That’s humility. She’s been more than good for decades. Now she is approaching her own standards of excellence, which are high indeed.

Marilyn Townsend can be contacted at
Gloria Chappelear can be contacted at
(530) 493-2713


Artists on the River: Gloria Chappelear

What happened to lazy summer days?

Dear Mad’m Day was great fun. Can’t wait to August 17-18, 2012 for next chance to honor this Literary pioneer of Happy Camp.

Siskiyou County Fair has wrapped up and Teachers and school personnel are preparing for next Monday start of school.

Before that, look to the Art & Entertainment for the new Art Show MYENACA featuring the art of Myanaan Nielson, Nena Creasy and Veronica Rasmussen this Friday August 26th.

Next Saturday will be Seiad Day with the Parade startging at 10 AM.

The following weekend will be fun Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Parade of the annual Bigfoot Jamboree!!! See

Enjoy the festivities as summer winds down and schools back in session!!!

LOOK What’s Coming at the 2011 @ Bigfoot Jamboree!

2011 Bigfoot Jamboree, Happy Camp, CA

2911 Bigfoot Jamboree, Happy Camp, CA

Friday, September 3rd Bigfoot Jamboree begins

Booths and Concessions open at the Happy Camp River Park at 6 pm
Bigfoot Queen Coronation and Drawing at Happy Camp River Park Pavilion at 7 pm
Bigfoot Queen’s Dance with Music by Trackster DJ Service 9 pm to midnight when park closes

Saturday, Sept 3rd
Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Cub Scouts 7 am
Booths and Concessions open at the River Park 10 am
Amazing Race Sponsored by the Bigfoot Stores 10 am
Chalk Art at the Pavilion                                    10:30 am
Drift Boat Poker Run on the Klamath River 11 am
Smokey Bear through out the River Park with FS 12 noon
Bigfoot Research Presentation at the Pavilion by Bob Schmalzbach and Linda Martin 1 pm
Kids Activities 2 pm
Salmon BBQ Sponsored by Karuk Boosters 3 pm
Talent Show at River Park Pavilion 5 pm
Karaoke provided by Kim & Bill at River Park Pavilion 7 pm
Lawn Mower Races sponsored by Outdoor Club 7 pm
Dance with The Genuine Draft Band 9 PM to Midnight

Sunday, Sept 4,
Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Family Resource Center at the Elementary School on Park Way 7 to 10 am
Parade Sign Up and Staging 9:30 to 10:30 am
Wonderland Theme Parade begins 11 am,
Davis Road, West on Hwy 96 and turning on 2nd Avenue to the Bridge
Booths & Concessions open at the River Park 12 noon
Cowboy Poetry by Bill Roberts 12:15 pm
Hot Dog Contest Eating by Elk Creek Campground & Evans 1 pm
Parade Awards at the Pavilion 1:15 pm
Music by Trail Prison Band at Pavilion 1:30
Ducky Race
Family Fun Time (sack races/egg toss etc) 4:30
Park Closes at 6 PM but you will want to go to the Go Kart Track
for Lawn Mower Races sponsored by the Outdoor Club at 7 pm

All events and times subject to change and/or cancellation.
No dogs allowed inside the park not even on a leash.
No outside alcoholic beverages allowed inside the park.
No alcohol will be sold after midnight in accordance with the liquor license requirements.

Thank you to the Happy Camp Coordinating Council for the work and time they put into making the Bigfoot jamboree the biggest hometown festival on the Klamath River Community and have for 45 years!!! Don’t forget to thank them when you see them!!!


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