Bigfoot Jamboree Parade

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The Karuk Tribe’s float.

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The Dear Mad’m Cabin

Sunday, the highlight of the Bigfoot Jamboree was the Parade. The theme was “The Heritage of Happy Camp.”

Double J and ABC Logging worked together on the number #1 commercial float. Elk Creek Campground came in 2nd in the commercial entries with a little cabin with Charlotte as Stella Patterson, and “DearSir” and “UpandUp” along. These characters are from Stella Patterson’s book of memoirs, Dear Mad’m.

Organizations were also in full swing. Family Resource Center was 1st place, Tom White on horseback with his POW flag was 2nd, and Smokey and the Forest Service won 3rd place in Organizations.

Bigfoot was especially energetic this time and even got into a tussle with some of the men, and he was 1st in the Individual category. Tom and Linda Seals in their 1923 T-bucket roadster came in 2nd and Katlynn Driskell with Charlene, Paul and Jim Driskell were third place.

The Grand Prize went to the Karuk Dancers. Grand Prize winning Karuk Dancers float were Shauniece Polmateer and Stormy Polmateer, Mikala Polmateer, Mac Polmateer, Jay Jay Reed, Charley Reed, Jason Reed, Rony Reed and David Arwood.

Judges were Buster Attebery, Jordon Blackford and Carol Day. The Grand Marshall was Don Zink.

Queen Tuesday Reigns at Bigfoot Jamboree

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Each year the most important festival of the year in Happy Camp is the Bigfoot Jamboree. This year is no exception and it was a wonderful time.

The weather cooperated by being a little cooler and everyone worked together for a great time. Thanks to the Happy Camp Coordinating Council!!! I’d mention Tracy Burcell, Donna McCulley, Leonie Jacobsen, Janet Burcell, Linda Zink and Linda Davis but I don’t want to leave anyone out and you know it takes many willing volunteers to make such an event such a success.

Sammi Jo Goodwin, Kelsea Huston and Tuesday McClun were our top raffle ticket selling royalty for this year. Tuesday was crowned as Queen of the Bigfoot Jamboree before the teen dance on Friday night.

Ranger Harris Comes to the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District

It was a pleasure to run into Ken Harris at
the Pizza House today!! We have enjoyed Alan Vandiver as our
District Ranger, and Don Hall as acting Deputy District Ranger. Don
Hall has planned to retire the end of the year and we will really
miss him a great deal. Alan has moved to the coast.

Now Ken Harris will take the helm as the new District Ranger on the
Happy Camp and Oak Knoll Ranger District. Ken was just on the
Salmon/Scott River Ranger District.
Ken’s a long-time resident of Siskiyou County, Etna precisely. His
career began as a firefighter on the Angeles National Forest and he
spent a year in Alaska before coming to the Klamath for the first
time in 1978. After earning a degree in Forest Management from
Humboldt State University in 1980, he worked on the Scott River,
Ukonom, Salmon River , and Oak Knoll Ranger Districts. Harris also
served on the Lassen National Forest before coming back to the
Klamath to work on the Goosenest Ranger District in 2006. That is
where our son Stephen has been working summers and met Ken Harris.

Ken even took a break in his Forest Service career, as my husband
Dan did, and also taught school during that time. Harris was a
consultant for private landowners as well as teaching. Theresa
teaches school at Scott River Junior High School in Fort Jones .
Together they have three children: Kari, a college student in San
Diego ; Staci, who lives and works in Etna; and Ashley, a college
student in Kansas.

As a District Ranger, Harris looks forward to working with all
interested publics and people who have different viewpoints. He
said, “The Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District has phenomenal resources.
It’s possible, and desirable, to bring differing interests together
to work toward solutions so we can manage these resources wisely.”
Harris has been a member of the Etna Lions Club, coached sports
teams, and officiated at high school and youth football in Siskiyou
County .

Personnel are changing all over the Klamath Forest . Patty Grantham,
Deputy Forest Supervisor since February 2007 and acting Forest
Supervisor for the past five months, has been named as the new
Forest Supervisor for the Klamath National Forest .

Happy Camp Summer

Since the one week of over 100 degree temperatures has passed, Happy Camp is back to being a wonderful Summertime place! Guests out at the resort sitting on the expansive green lawn watch the Klamath River flow by. Kids still rush to the creeks in the heat of the day for a cooling SPLASH down! Hikers climb to the top of the Town Trail from Elk Creek Road, and sit and watch over our beautiful little town.

Gardens have begun to yield their harvest. Wilson had tomatoes to spare and EmmaLee shared some zucchini with us. Blackberries will soon be ripe and instead of cherry pie we will enjoy blackberry cobbler (a la mode!)

Summer events will soon be happening all along the Klamath River Communities. First is the Blackberry Festival at the Klamath River Community Hall on August 22nd. Ask at Quigleys for more information on all that is planned!

Seiad Day is next with a parade, booths, and auction on wonderful arts and crafts on Saturday. This should be on August 29th — after school has begun, if we are lucky. The adults enjoy the dinner and dance following the day’s activities.

Finally, as if to top off all the events of the summer with friends and family coming from all corners, the Bigfoot Jamboree will be September 3-4-5th! All the fun from Fridays coronation of the Queen and teen dance to the parade on Sunday takes place at the beautiful River Park beneath huge shade trees! The Parade begins on Davis Road and then proceeds down Highway 95 so everyone (who isn’t in the parade) has a good chance to see all the floats and entries.

What a fun way to culminate happy summer days along the beautiful wild Klamath River!!!

Little Log Chapel in the Hills 1928

by Leon L. Loofbourow
We have all read of the original John Wesley runing three times around the Charter House school quadrangle each morning to build up his weak body. But haven you heard of one John Wesley who won the 462 mile marathon race from San Francisco’s City Hall to Grants Pass Oregon?
In 1927 the Redwood Empire Association, as its advertising featujre, planned an Indian Marathon Race over the Redwood Highway. Of eleven entrants, two boys from our work on the Klamath River won first and second places! John Wesley Southare received first award for completing the race in less than a week–as I remember it, in six days, twentythree hours and sixteen minutes.
This particular John Wesley story begins a century ago when the California gold rush, kuje tge Jubgdin if Geavebm gathered all kinds. He sought his fortun e far down the Klamath River. I have never heard how much “dust” he acquired. But he married an Indian woman and when the placers played out, unline many of the miners, he stayed by his family on the Klamath. Their oldest son was named Lee in loyalty to the great Christian captain of the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee.
I was guest one night in the Lee Southard home. (We were to try our luck for bear next day.) At family prayers my host brought out his Bible and old Moody and Sankey song books. I thought I would try out the family knowledge of the Scriptures, so suggested that we repeat together instead of reading. All went well with the group through Psalm 23. Some of the circle were uncertain on Psalm 1. But Mr. Southard and I kept going until I thougth it wise to call our Bible marathon a tie, and we prayed. But it made me realize that ‘Forty -Niner John Wesley did not leave his faith in Louisiana–he had “taught it diligently” to his son.
The Lee Southards named their first born, John Wesley, for his grandfather. In the Redwood Empire Marathon the newspapers thought they must have “heap big Injun” names for the runners, so a waiting world was informed that MAD BULL won the race. But Mad Bull was only the way the papers featured John Wesley Southard, son of School District Trustee–Church School Superintendent Lee Southard, grandson of ‘Forty-Niner John Wesley Southard.
Months later I heard that a younger brother of John’s had died and wrote to the family. I quote from Lee Southard’s answer:
“We have one consolation, that those who die without the law shall be judged without the law, and Gorham was a good boy and never harmed anyhone. But he never had chance of a religious training further than his mother and I had taught him. Should you ever get back up this way I wish you to preach his funeral.
The next summer the log church in Happy Camp was built, its nearest meetinghouse neighbor being 75 miles away. The first service in it was the memorial for this boy who “never had the chance of a religious training further than what his mother and I taught him.”

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