Join us in October to Celebrate “Dear Mad’m”

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Just got off the phone with Lisa Gioia-Acres who is inspiring lady who directs the Siskiyou County Historical Museum in Yreka. It is always highlight to stop by the Museum and see the beautiful wedding apparel displayed just now, or stroll the Outdoor Museum, or gather in the Conference room to learn more about the history of our area!!

Lisa confirmed we have the date of Saturday, October 15th, 2016 for the Dear Mad’m gathering at 12:30 at the Museum Conference Room. We will be celebrating Dear Mad’m, Stella W. Patterson, who wrote the book by the same name about the decisions she faced at the age of 80 when she lived in a remote miners cabin on the Klamath River (with her dog Vicki for company.)

San Francisco relatives wanted Stella to return to the city; but she hadn’t lived there since the ’06 earthquake and personal decisions separated her from that society life. Even at 80 Stella felt more adventurous and had always wanted to pursue other endeavors. She may have ordered groceries out of Happy Camp with thrift in mind, but she ordered her iris bulbs from European nurseries.

Some fascinating characters of the neighborhood stopped by and are remembered from her story. They influenced Stella, and in many ways Stella went on to inspire countless others by her story. What was the secret that she learned in that simple life in a rustic cabin on the Klamath River? Many return to Stella’s story when “mature years” weigh heavy, to remember to face life with a spirit of adventure, no matter what your age!


  • Sherry Miller

    Does anyone know for sure if there will be any “Dear Mad’m” activity in Happy Camp that weekend of Oct. 15th? I have friends who would love to come and join in….fans of Stella’s here in Redding.

  • Karen Benson

    Wishing I could make this Dear Mad’m Days again but not in the cards. I just loved all of my Happy Camp experience and happy to have added to the Dear Mad’m collection for others to enjoy. The scrapbook is where it belongs!!!!

    • Judy Bushy

      Thank you Karen!! We were so happy to meet you and your husband!! The photos in the photo album that Fred sent to Alice Beck have been fascinating to all the Dear mad’m fans here and we hope to display more at the Siskiyou County Museum October 14th…It will be Stella’s 150th birthday so that deserves a celebration!!

  • Amber L Ogborn

    My sister and I would love to attend the “Dear Madam Symposium”
    We live 15 miles down river from Happy Camp on 80 acres.
    We are fascinated by the story.

    • Judy Bushy

      Hi Amber, We would love to have you come to the Dear Mad’m Symposium” Saturday, October 14th, 2017. This year, as last, it will be held at the Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka, CA in the Conference Room. We are so excited to meet Tim and hear about his fishing on the Klamath River in visits with his dad, UpNUp! We will be celebrating Stella’s 151st birthday too!!
      Last year not many made it from Happy Camp because of the storm warnings, lightening, flooding and trees down! there were others from Redding and further places.
      Judy Bushy, Friends of Dear Mad’m.

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