Did you feel the Eureka quake?

There was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern California! some from Happy Camp, and even as far as Nevada, felt a bit of the tremor, but not all recognized it. There was broken glass and items moved around or shelves emptied but nothing as major as building crashing in Eureka or neighboring towns. Residents were asked to stay indoors and electricity was out in many homes. Repairs were going ahead.

There were expected to be further aftershocks. Despite the magnitude of the quake which was over ten miles deep at Eureka, the community felt mostly shook-up and no tsunami warnings were issued.

How did the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway get its Name?

By Brian Helsapple
State of Jefferson slogans
If down our road you will travel, bring your own gravel.
Our roads are not passable, hardly jackassable.
The Promised Land: Our roads are paved with promises.
Originally trappers working for the Hudson Bay Company ventured into our remote mountainous area in the early 1800s. Then in 1949 California’s second largest gold strike lured thousands of miners from across the nation to challenge the rugged isolation found in the real Northern California.
Those few who remained, staked small claims along the winding Klamath River and many of its tributaries. In the wider valleys, 100 acre homesteads were stepped off. For years the only path in and out was a trail that climbed the mountain behind Hawkinsville, descended down Humbug Creek and continued as a path along the south side of the Klamath River. A treacherous mid-connection also followed along the Scott River. Both were miserably muddy in winger and dusty, run filled dirt trails in the summer. Over which the vast amount of timber had to be transported ‘During WW! Strategic deposits of chrome and copper ores were hauled out. This simply deepened the ruts. The resources left our region to build up the big cities. No tax revenue was returned to the area to improve the trail.
The mythical State of Jefferson actually had its start in 1852. The bill to separate the North from the rest of the state failed to pass the California State Legislature. In 1953 a second failed attempt proclaimed: ‘Southern Oregon and Northern California presents a country of uniform character that is distinct from the rest of California and Oregon. It is necessary to form it into a separate state whose interests were fairly represented in the U.S. Congress.” The spirit behind separation was found in the miners of the far North. At the heart of succession lay better highways and bridges and the development of the vast mineral resources. For almost 100 years, Sacramento and Salem refused to recognize this isolated area. During that time, all the minerals and timber continued to be transported out over trails that were hardly passable by goats. With no tax revenues returned, the citizens justifiable felt betrayed and “double crossed.”
During the fall of 1941, Mayor Gilbert Gable, of Port Orford, Oregon, once again ignited the succession movement. “A spark of rebellion struck fire instantly in the woodsy canyons of the border country.” The Yreka Chamber of Commerce voted to form a 49th State. The Siskiyou Daily News announced a, “name the state” contest.
“Jefferson” was selected. Mayor Gable trickled publicity to the wire services; “Jefferson would be free of obnoxious taxes, no sales, income or liquor taxes…
On Thursday, November 27 and every Thursday thereafter, The State of Jefferson Citizens Committee (members of the Yreka 20-30 Club) voted to barricade the North-South road, 263. They stood with rifles next to bonfires and barrels of burning kerosene, passing out yellow handbills to the few automobiles going by. One of the miners had drawn two X’s on a gold pan that symbolized the “double crossed.” It quickly became the state seal.
The San Francisco Chronicle sent Stan Deleplane, to go up Highway 99 to Yreka, “wherever that was” to do a series of articles. These were to provide some relief from the impending war headlines. In Yreka a garage man explained to ‘Deleplane that the roads were so bad that folks can hardly get out. Unfamiliar with the route conditions at the time, Deleplane headed down the Klamath River Road, attempting to get to Port Orford to interview Mayor Gable. He made it to Happy Camp where he was stranded for three days because the good dirt road ended and the road over to Oregon was impassible. He had to travel back to Yreka and over to Medford to get to the coast. Mayor Gable unexpectedly died the day after the interview
Prose and publicity had a nation watching. The second succession Thursday found the narrow streets of Yreka being covered by four newsreel crews. The small parade of shivering participants of needed to be prodded into action. A somber candlelight parade at twilight defined the final hours. The succession movement had lost its impetus, but officially ended three days later when Pearl Harbor was bombed
With World War II came orders from Washington to the state of California to create a passable road to get the strategic minerals out. This resulted in the present connection at 263 where it passes the Klamath River. The new Highway 96 would be blasted out of rock and built on the opposite North side of the River from its historical location. The original road remains passable but still unpaved today. Remember all the tonnage for WWI and almost half the total for WWII which snakes over Humbug. This route is visible if you stop at an overlook just west of Tree of Heaven Campground.
A total of 2.305 of chrome from Seiad Valley was hauled out, and thousands of tons of copper from Happy Camp. Millions of logs moved over the old route during peace time.
Though the original 49erswere very thorough. Some trace amounts of gold claim to be found today by recreational gold miners using suction dredges. As usual, gold miners do not openly brag about their strikes or locations. Much more recreation gold waits to be explored.
The Klamath River is one of the major sites of seasonal spawning runs of King Salmon and Steelhead.
In the 1930s Herbert Hoover spent many seasons enjoying the river and made a yearly charitable donation to the Honolulu school built on the Kannaka Bar, to provide the children with hot meals between Empire and Lumgrey Creeks. The lure of fishing kept most of the motels and small stores alive and attracted many people to build vacation homes.
In recent times the fish populations have been heavily impacted by many factors affecting their habitat, including eight years of drought. While fishing recovery will take time, other opportunities to explore the area have increased dramatically. Mining, logging and forest management practices all have contributed to a large system of roads that provide almost unlimited access to the quiet forest/
These roads wait patiently to be driven, hiked or mountain biked without the fear of noisy logging trucks careening over them. Seasonal mushroom pickers and deer hunters as well as forest biologists and tree planters tend to be the only traffic. Usually the only evidence of others is a parked pickup
In the million acres of forest you will discover new generations of wildlife that may never have seen a human; bear, bobcat, mountain lion, grey squirrels and chipmunks and thousands of birds and bats. Owl’s willll lull you into sleep beneath a blanket of a billion stars. At dawn, particularly in spring, the area becomes alive with some 222 species of resident and neo-tropical birds that choose this forest to produce their offspring. The pure air is filled with pine tree aromas laced with forest floor mushroom scent. During spring, the lush green conifers are splashed with a multitude of flowers. In fall, vibrant red and gold colors signal time for deciduous leaves to go to sleep forever. The Klamath National Forest has four definite seasons, but none that are extreme.
Easy access to six uncrowded campgrounds can be found along Highway 96. The side roads of Scott River, Grider, Indian Creek and Curly Jack, each offer more remote sites for camping. One of the least visited is Grider Creek, it marks the location of the Pacific Crest Trail that gives hikers access to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area. Traveling to the campgrounds you travel a stretch of the Klamath River that oftentimes finds a resident bald eagle perched on its traditional pine tree looking for a target. Sometimes it can be seen standing in the water upstream of the shallow island below. This road still resembles the wagon trail our pioneers trekked along to get to a ferry that crossed over to reach Seiad Valley. From this view can be seen a vast amount of gold tailings resulting from a 1940’s bucket line gold dredge operation.
Back on the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway, Osprey, woodchucks, Canadian Geese, Common Mergansers and River Otters are easily viewed from many elevated turnouts all along the route. Deer and Bear can often times be seen crossing the river to get to the fruit trees in people’s yards or just the other side of the river A river that waits to be rafted and played in or perhaps just paused beside to hear its song. Venturing into this land you can discover the pleasure and beauty its isolation provides. Here resides absolute peace, solitude and serenity, perhaps the real meaning and clue to the State of Jefferson.
Highway 96 was officially named the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway in 1992. This roadway travels alongside the river to Happy Camp. The byway then continues over Greyback (4500 feet) to O’Brien and Highway 199. Snow blocks this part of the Byway in the winter, sometimes nearly until June.
The southwest part of Highway 96 was named the Bigfoot Scenic Byway. Beyond Happy Camp, Highway 96 continues to follow the Klamath River to Weitchpec. Highway 96 continues on to Willow Creek and 299. Along, g the way you will discover the Klamath National Forest Six Rivers National Forest, Marble Mountain Wilderness and the south portions of Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forest.

What Are You Thankful Ror?

Down River Column from Pioneer Press by Judy Bushy

Thanksgiving comes at a good of the year, What a beautiful time of year autumn is along the scenic wild Klamath River. But it is beautiful in different ways all seasons,
Hazel Joyner celebrated her 99th birthday Saturday which was a beautiful golden day for the occasion. She was talking about how we used to have big celebrations for Veterans Day like Memorial Day and Labor Day—add the 4th of July picnic. Now that the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign war were closed down we don’t have anyone to plan those type of community gatherings anymore. Why we haven’t even had a good Town Meeting for three years!
But despite the fact that time changes, home and family are still the foundation of out community.
Hazel was born next door to the house she now lives un 99 years ago, Hazel had family members visiting, Diane Fowler-Barker and Mark Fowler with Claudine, and two great grandnephews, Randy and Kenny. Randy and Kenny were fearless up on the roof getting leaves out of the gutters when I was there. The trees are so nice but they do make a lot of leaves to deal with this time of year. Diane was reminiscing about visiting in Happy Camp summers as a child. How they would go around town shopping when everyplace had photos of the 64 flood. I enjoyed visiting with her about Happy Camp memories of her childhood. Aurelia Fowler was her grandmother.
Hazel went to High School in Yreka and then to Riverside. It was her father, Gorham Humphries who had the vision for having a high school in Happy Camp. He got others involved, Judge Philip Toleman and Dr. as well as enlisting most of the community to build the log high school in 1933.
The Library had their annual Book Fair. Last couple of years it was threatening rain so this year they moved it to the Karuk Multipurpose room on 2nd Avenue. It was a beautiful sunny day. Makayla and Gerry were providing music but most of the crowd was browsing while they enjoyed the music. There was the 8th grade class with bake sale goodies. The Girl Scouts were there selling some really nice bookmarks, hairclips and jewelry that they had made. Kathy had photos and plants and Makayla had photos and books. She has a beautiful photo of a Swallowtail butterfly. Cheryl Wainwright had tea and flavored Latte’s. You could even get goat milk and a fascinating assortment of other things.
I miss our goats so much but Hubby says no more livestock—he is probably afraid to give in to goats and we’d have more . Our children never thought they had enough pets, until we had cats, dogs, chickens, ducks and rabbits with the goats, as well as the pony. But just having milk from the goats for milk more than paid for all the critters, plus we sometimes sold extra eggs, milk or bunnies. A baby with special needs and who couldn’t consume cow milk was a regular customer for awhile. There are times I wish we had a little horse to ride to town, mostly because we are sharing the van since the Sprint windshield got broken from a tree branch that blew off in a storm at Mt Hebron. Isn’t it funny how quickly we have habits that take for granted, luxuries that we don’t really need. We got along with one vehicle for most of our lives, and here we have three and complain.
The library table was manned by Dorothy Lahue for the raffle with a really nice birdhouse and other interesting offerings. Actually they had bunch of tables with books book s books The library also had chili and cornbread and hot cocoa.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration for all that you have gratitude for in your life. Many years ago there was a Happy Camp mother, grandmother and great grandmother who always invited anyone alone on the holiday to their home. She had a bunch of kids so a few extra mouths at the table fit in conveniently. As the years went by, Mooch, followed the tradition of her mother and there being no more room at the dining table, the event was moved where they could invite the whole community. It was at the Grange and the Krauk Multipurpose Room, some years I believe.
Now the staff of the Family Resource Center has taken over the cooking and preparation and that big meal to which all in our community are invited will be at the Happy Camp Elementary School at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You are invited and you are welcome, but it really would be nice if we all came a little early and helped with some of the preparations, or stayed later to clean up! Good guests do offer to be helpful and don’t expect the hostess to be laid up with exhaustion from baking dozens of pies, roasting a turkey, peeling potatoes, making salads, and baking the hot rolls!!! This is a community dinner and everyone who eats can also grab a broom and sweep up afterwards. Why should a few be expected to wash dishes all afternoon? Come on over and make sure they know that you afre eager to participate not only in the eating, but also offering a helping hand. Give a call to the Family Resrouce Center ahead of time to see if you can help out. 493-5117.
I am so very grateful that we live in a place of marvelous beauty. The new Calendar for 2010 has a quote says, ”The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man” and I love it. I’m thankful for my friends and family and for neighbors like Hazel. and her father, who I never knew but who had a vision for the need for education of our children and enlisted the support of the community to make it possible 76 years ago. There are many teachers and others in our schools and communities who day by day are concerned that our children get an education and I am very thankful for them. For those who give selflessly to help others in the community just because Klamath neighbors care, we can be very grateful!
In our country, we may occasionally wonder what we can scrape together for meals, but even here in Happy Camp there are food pantrys at churches and Family Resource Center and so many wanting to help. We all probably have food and clothing and shelter more than any other time in history. Besides that we have televisions, telephones, automobiles, and things that were luxuries or nonexistent a generation ago, to say nothing of i=pods and computers and who knows what new gadget will come along next!!!
The Lord has given us so many blessings!! Few years ago when asked what she wanted for Christmas, Esther our oldest daughter said that baby Ethan to be well. After years of cancer treatment he had his first CT scan without evidence of cancer in September. Now he is looking forward to his fourth birthday March 5th and wanting to have friends and playmates that he hasn’t been able to meet since he is in the hospital so often. We are so grateful!
What are you thankful for? This is a good time to remember those things!

News of Happy Camp Christian Fellowship

Happy Camp Christian Fellowship
You are Invited to Attend Our Fellowship and Services
“… I was glad when they said to me. Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

Sunday Morning Services

10:30 a.m.- Bible Study w/Kirk Eadie- Job 3

Youth Study- w/ Dan & Judy Bushy-Topical Study

Sunday School w/ Robyn Eadie- “Genesis 1- Moody Video Bible Series”

Women’s Ministry
Meets each Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. @ the Assembly of God Church
All women are invited to attend. Current study w/ Pastor Skip Heitzig.
DVD Library available. Movies available for all ages and we are always adding new ones.
If you have any question, please contact Debbie or Margaret.

Friday Men’s Prayer Breakfast: Second & Last Sundays
7:00 a.m. @ the Assembly of God Church
Contact George Bernhard for more information.

Upcoming Events
Operation Christmas Child Presentation – DVD & Information on how to pack a Shoebox
Robyn Eadie & The 10 yrs. & under Sunday School will be doing this missionary project. Please contact Robyn @ 493-2801, if you would like to be involved in donating items or making a box to send.

ACF Mountain Top Men’s Retreat @ Applegate Christian Fellowship
November 6th, 7th & 8th
Contact Pastor Kirk Eadie for more information

Faye Prindle and her work in Guadalajara, Mexico
To request a Focus from Faye Newsletter. Please contact Faye @ fprindle@avmi.org.

Meet Our Staff
Senior Pastor: Kirk Eadie
Elders: George Bernhard, Dan Bushy and Bill Taylor
Women’s Tape Ministry: Debbie Taylor and Margaret Bernhard
Worship Team: Kirk Eadie, John Williams, Alex Eadie, Robyn Eadie, Abigail Eadie
Youth Ministry: Dan & Judy Bushy, Robyn Eadie

Prayer Request: Please place your prayer requests in the Agape box or feel free to email them to kirkeadie@yahoo.com. Our Pastor and Elders would be happy to pray for you and seek the Lord’s will in your situation.

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