Hoover Family & Friends Raise the Flag for Liberty!

Hoover famiy & Friends Raise the Flag!

by Judy E. Bushy
Hope you had a great day for Independence Day with your family and friends!
Our Fourth began quietly, just sitting there thinking, there is NOTHING happening for Independence Day!! How sad!! Then the telephone rang and it was Karen Orcutt inviting me to a flag raising! Just the thing!. At the time the “crew” was just putting up the flag pole in the front yard, however, that was expected to be complete and the flag raising, with music and poetry and a family gathering about four o’clock. I’m so grateful to Karen for calling!
Arriving early at Fort Goff, we could see a tall flagpole awaiting the gathering. We met Robert “Bob” Hoover, the patriarch of the family holding the flag raising.

Soon everyone came and gathered around in the front lawn of the Cabin. Two young men, Nickolas Hoover and Mitchell Hoover stood with the flags folded properly. They acknowledged Robert as the family founder and leader in the day’s activities. The young men proceeded to raise the Stars and Stripes as well as the California flag on the flag pole with the help of Tom and Paul Hoover. They did a great job and the assembled group of families, friends and neighbors broke into applause again!

Then granddaughter, Lily Jones who is 10 years old, sang in a beautiful clear voice, the Star Spangled Banner. Lily sings in the choir in her school and has other musical opportunities to develop her talent.

After all had pledged allegiance to the flag. Bill Roberts stepped forward with a poem especially written for the occasions. Hadn’t seen Bill in awhile and as always really enjoyed his poetry!
When all was said and done, Mrs Hoover brought out a tall class of cool fresh water which was delicious! Then the ladies brought out horsd’oeuvres and watermelon slices and we visited a bit.

Robert M.Hoover bought “the ranch” back in the sixties his family has been enjoying it since then. Now there were his children, spouses and friends and 20 grandchildren from 3 to 17 enjoying vacation at the ranch! The family has dispersed from San Jose and beyond to Bend, Oregon, but they all get together and celebrate holidays like President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving at the ranch. What a wonderful family tradition. Of course they and friends are able to enjoy the ranch all year long, but these special times of getting together must be great!

There’s even a British member of the family, and they joshed about having him stand across the highway for the ceremony, all in good fun. Actually, having been part of the family for ten years, he is Americanized enough to have a flag tattoo on his cheek. And when My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,also known as America, played, he could appreciate it as the melody is the British national anthem, God Save the Queen even though the words were different. In a discussion of the differences of salutes, I learned that the British salute was to raise the face piece, when they had the knights in shining armor!

It is good to appreciate the freedoms that we yet hold dear in America! Hope you also enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day with your family and friends.

Happy Camp Has Talent is coming!!

It’s been so lovely along the Klamath River for the past couple of weeks. Summer has finally arrived and the warm summer days are wonderful.

Last Wednesday the Happy Camp Community Computer Center had new computers and monitors installed! What a delight! Everything is faster and so efficient. The new towers have a slot for the memory card of cameras, so we don’t have to borrow the card reader any longer. The computers are also connected to three possible printers, an HP laser jet with black ink (for $.10 a page), an HP Laser Jet with color printing (for $.50 a page) and an Artisan for photos and can be done on photo paper, which are $1 a page.

The computer center is a nice quiet place to work and check e-mails, write things, browse the Internet or check out Google Earth! It is nice to have a staff of very knowledgeable computer experts on hand to answer questions when you get stumped on how to do things or how a certain problem could be solved. Emma Lee Johnson, Randy White and Kelly Worchester and Eric Paulare on hand to help you. They also can solve the problem you are having on your home computer for a reasonable fee. They are open to the public from 1-5:30 p.m. most days except Sunday.

Bob and Vicki Schmalzbach have moved back to Happy Camp to their home on Druery Road. Kevin Anderson also came up from Antelope. They’d left Happy Camp over five years ago, but have stayed in contact and it is great to see them back. We did run into Vicki and Kevin at Hometown Buffet on Antelope Avenue when we were down in Sacramento for doctor checkups for Dan a couple of years ago. It will be so much nicer to see them here right back home!

JavaBob was in on the start of the Fire Safe Council and was the president of the Chamber of Commerce just before they left. There was a gathering of friends for a barbecue Sunday afternoon at the Klamath River Resort Inn to enjoy catching up on news and hearing a few of Bob’s Bigfoot tales.

My husband, Dan, spent a couple of hours last night watering the garden of a neighbor who is on a vacation trip. It is a job that brings him much pleasure, as he brings home the Swiss chard and other greens, cauliflower and strawberries! That’s the fun part of the job. He was also watering. He came home and took a shower and by then, the pleasant summer shower had begun. Oh well. At least he was conscientious in his care of the garden!
Driving downriver this morning there were some sprinkles and it was cool and cloudy. Not too cool, but it was pleasant driving and enjoying the greens of the forest and the river as it changes in its journey to the Pacific. When we stopped by the Salmon River Outpost in Somes Bar, it was neat to see the note cards of Dean Davis and photos of the area. They have such a nice bunch of books by local authors and local topics. Chris, of the Salmon River Outpost, is a sponsor of the Rocking the Klamath Summer Concert at the Happy Camp River Park July 16. The Klamath River Resort Inn, Forest Lodge and River Connection are already sponsors also. Isn’t it amazing the neighborly cooperation along the Klamath River Community? We may be a distance from each other, but then, it is such a nice scenic drive!

The Spiral Kings, who are playing for the concert, are a four piece rock and blues band out of Southern Oregon. Phil Cox is on guitar and vocals, Jason Fries is on guitar and vocals, Mike Varley is on bass and vocals and Norm Goodnough is on drums and backup vocals.

Before the band there will be an opportunity for our talented Klamath neighbors to “show and share” what they can do! The Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce is going to have a community talent show and share named Happy Camp Has Talent – a show of our amazing and talented performers! The crowd will choose the winner and the Chamber will award one $100 prize. So get out your guitar or instrument, tune up the vocal cords and practice your song or other performance and plan to make your debut.

I’d hoped to report on the Happy Seniors recent Big Buck Bingo and what future things they are planning, but the deadline is moving earlier with the Monday holiday for Fourth of July! So further news will have to wait until next week. Have a good time with family and friends celebrating America’s birthday this weekend. Stay safe and happy!

Good wishes as Ruth Bain Retires!

John & Ruth Bain

John & Ruth Bain

Ruth Bain started to work at Happy Camp High School February 1978 and had experience as an attendance clerk and aide before beginning her position as secretary. Now, after 34 years in the High School she has decided to retire and visit more with family and grandchildren, which are her delight, and do gardening and handiwork at which she excels.

Happy Camp High School teachers and staff, past and present as well as representatives from the Siskiyou Union High School District gathered at the Happy Camp Grange for a farewell. Retired teachers such as Paul Trestrail, Terry & Roberta Everett, Hokinson represented by Diann and John Kufner were also there and spoke to the value of Ruth’s efforts in the school over the 34 years she faithfully and loyally kept the office. Bob Seaman shared how vital to the operation of the Happy Camp Grange Ruth has been also. Angelika Brown, new high school principal this year, presented Ruth with a beautiful crystal award.

Retirement Song for Ruth

Retirement song for Ruth

A song was sung in Ruth’s honor by Patti Sherman, Tom Evertsen , Casey Chambers, Paige Bovey Kevin Brown Denise Bearding, Alyssa Garcia , Elizabeth Laney Nena Creasey, Ed Sherman, Chris and Angelika Brown, Principal of Happy Camp High School. All work together to assure our Happy Camp students of the best education possible. Ruth has been the one keeping records, sending purchase orders and supporting the teachers through the years.

In 1954 a scholarship was begun in memory of Ruth’s father, Kenny Jacobsen, Sr. which has given out over $25,000 in scholarship funds to students over the years. Ruth has been recognized for her work in the community in the past. In May, 1995 Ruth received a commendation from the AMERICAN Legion and Auxiliary, given in recognition of outstanding volunteerism in our community and country. It included the note, ”Ruth you have our gratitude an sincere appreciation for donating priceless help to those in need. You are an asset to this community by being an example and a positive influence on the students and community. We sincerely thank you.”

Art & Treasure Thanks!

Thanks from the C of C too!!

Thanks from the Chamber too!!

Well it has taken me a bit of time to get this done, but here is a nice BIG THANK YOU to the following groups and people that made our fund raiser for the Library so successful…

Thank you to the KLAMATH SISKIYOU ART CENTER for the use of the Bigfoot corner and your building, it’s a great location.

Thank you to the following “vendors” who participated: Dolly’s Deli (great strawberry lemonade), South Fork Mining (Rich Kelly) with the beautiful Happy Camp Jade, Kathy Harvey and her “blooming” plants, Becca Cote with her art and treasures, Lisa & Ann with jewelery and home canned items (the pickles are great), Elba & Rose Long, as always beautiful wood turnings and crochet items.

A special thank you to Todd “Tone” for the providing of musical entertainment, it is enjoyed as always.

Now a GREAT BIG THANK YOU, to the following for having made donations of items or gift certificates to our Raffle, without your generosity it would not be possible: Clinic Pharmacy, Country River Rafting, Scott Valley Bank, Connor Cardlock, South Fork Mining, River Threads, Pizza House, Frontier Cafe, Health & Harmony, HC Ambulance, Jacob’s Farms, Greg Macdonald Photos, Nena’s Metal Sculpture, Peg Rathburn Windchime, Beth Buchanan,Cindy Sturdevant, Lisa Bousfield and egg toothoriginals.

Once again thank you and see you at the Library.

Art & Treasure Weekend Fun!


at the Klamath River Community Hall

Greyback Road was open just in the nick of time for this wonderful weekend. Third annual Art & Treasure Weekend, with sales, art shows and fundraisers all along the Klamath River Highway 96 was great fun! Almost forgot to sell stuff at the Chamber office!

Thanks to the Klamath River Community Hall folks who started the event off on that end. It was wonderful and it was great to work with them.

Thanks to the Happy Camp Library who had a big, big book sale and vendors at Bigfoot Corner.

There was a huge four family Sale in Seiad Valley. Siskiyou News helped keep all the Yard Sales and events mapped out so that visitors knew where to go. There were yard sales, moving sales, estate sales, garage sales although I didn’t personally see any in a garage, and a garden sale at Parry’s too!

Next year on June 8th I’d like to just VISIT all the sales but it was a great time this year just visiting with people from all over, and some from Happy Camp that we hadn’t seen in a while! Thanks for making this such a geat social tie to the communities along the Klamath River!!!

Thank you, Louise!

Louise and her mother with Senior Project

Louise Kezer had made a fantastic memorial in wood shop. This was Louise and her mother with the memorial at the Senior Project Night at Happy Camp High School. We are going to miss Louise as she graduates soon.

She does beautiful work as we know as she made a beautiful sign for the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce. The students needed to have done something for Community Service for at least five hours. Louise certainly did more many more, at least five times that with beautiful results! It was greatly appreciated by the Chamber and helped to bring visitors to the office looking information from Florida and Montana and lots of far away places!

Thank you, Louise!

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