Siskiyou Pioneer for the year is Grenada History!

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by Judy Bushy
The County Museum in Yreka has had beautiful wedding apparel on display and the Outdoor Museum grand Re-opening recently. What a pleasant surprise at the Museum last week! While I stopped by to pick up some information for a friend doing research, they asked whether it was the book I’d come for. Not having received the letter in the mail, or e-mail yet, hadn’t realized the book was ready. The Siskiyou Pioneer. Each year for the past seventy or so years, the Siskiyou County Historical Society has put out an annual book about the history of some area of the county This year is “Grenada: The first 100 years from 1916 – 2016.”

The first part included previously unpublished articles from the research files of the Siskiyou County Historical Society as well as articles submitted by local authors. Then there are selections scanned from the 1959 Siskiyou Pioneer, a photo gallery, advertisement and information on the Society and museum volunteers and memorials. I’m so glad that they also include an index so I’m able to locate a photo of freight teams in Happy Camp on page 73, the information that a trail spur (railroad) east off the main line was put in to serve a business called the Happy Camp Lumber Company with plans for a mill and planer. The other account was when the first airplanes to land in Siskiyou County came from Los Angeles on the way to Seattle June 8, 1919. Mr. Harlow got them to land in a field south of Grenada. This caused quite a stir and people came all over the county, and “came by wagon and buggy from as far as Sawyers Bar and Happy Camp , taking three days for the journey each way. “

The fascinating thing about looking in to the past history is that for every new interesting information you find, it seems that it opens up more questions. Don’t know if Happy Camp Lumber came to be, but since it was 81.6 miles from Happy Camp and it would take 1 hour and 43 minutes to get there, I wonder if it was a Happy Camp business, or just made use of the name. Perhaps someone can tell us who remembers Happy Camp Lumber Company from 60 years ago.
We are doing research on the characters in the book “Dear Mad’m. In the story, Stella W. Patterson moves to a rustic miner’s cabin down on the Klamath River when she is 80, which would be 1946, this provides our time frame. Dear Mad’m was published as a magazine serial after her death in December 23, 1955 and the book came out in first American printing that spring, followed by international versions and numerous reprinting. Stella’s story is kept alive now by the paperback book published by Barbara Brown of Naturegraph Publishers in Happy Camp.

Stella left us the memory of her friends and neighbors who lived the simple life deep within the Klamath River valley west of Happy Camp. The world outside doesn’t know “Dear Sir” as Fred Mesner, who took his stepfather’s name of Crooks, “Up n Up” as Clarence “Sy”Jensen, and the mystery of his wife “Nora” in the story , who may have been Laura, continues. “Millicent” as a young girl Arlene Oates who became Mrs. Lee W. Joslin. It is fun to know the characters that Stella shared with us. Come to the Dear Mad’m Symposium at the Yreka Siskiyou County Historical Society October 15th at 12:30 to learn more about the history of this celebrity that lived a quiet life along the Klamath River seventy years ago and still brings fans to see the site these days!!

Her garden was an important part of her life in the cabin on the Klamath River, and she may have just ordered groceries out of Happy Camp, but she poured over European nursery offerings for her garden! Gardening is just as important to many of the residents of the Klamath River area where we live. There is also a Community Garden that is north of the Happy Camp Union Elementary School and community volunteers are being requested. They need tommato cages, fertilizer and lots of stuff, not the least of which is volunteers to weed and spend time helping the garden with their green thumbs! Give Lisa Bousfield a message or call and she can direct your assistance to the proper channels.

Premiere Happy Camp Farmer’s Market THURSDAY

by Judy Bushy
Thursday is the Premiere Happy Camp Farmer’s Market at the Gail Zink Memorial Park at 5 oclock p.m.. This first event is anticipated with much excitement in the community as there will be produce, crafts and jewelry available by local gardeners and craftspeople. It will be happening from 5 pm to 7 pm Thursday afternoon. The location, Gail Zink Memorial Park is next to the High School baseball field, where a game will be going on Thursday and across the parking lot from the Happy Camp Union Elementary School on Park Way. Founder Abigail Yeager, anticipates that the market will run for ten weeks, every Thursday until mid September and invites vendors to join, free, and come to as many markets as you like as they welcome all vendors.

This Thursday Market will kick off with a BBQ featuring a “local” green salad, baked beans, fruit, and bread to go with those BBQ ribs dinner for $12 a plate. Tickets are available in advance and all proceeds will help with marketing and grocery expenses. A softball game will also take place at the ball field “next door” and they plan to have music to shop by as well.

The Market is Certified by the Department of agriculture, able to accept (Women Infants and Children program) W.I.C checks and Senior Nutrition Program checks for fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs (and honey for Seniors only.) although they may not have the equipment at the first market, they will also be able to accommodate EBT through SNAP CalFresh.

This Happy Camp Farmer’s Market is a pilot project for a new nonprofit, Hope for Happy Camp, hoping to improve economic development. Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce encourages this opportunity for Hope for Happy Camp as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the community of Happy Camp, California through economic development projects and youth programs that are environmentally-conscious and sustainable. Grant Gilkison of the Mid-Klamath Food Shed endorses the Farmer’s Market as well!You can show your support by “liking” the Hope for Happy Camp nonprofit Facebook page to assure you get news of events, and join the Farmer’s Market, as a vendor or customer or just stop by for dinner! They would love to see you there!

Lightening Fire started Pony Fire – update 6/26/16

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Last weekend, the weather was beautiful. Pony Fire is being held steady, under 3,000 acres even though only 63% contained. It’s a beautiful place, with absolutely gorgeous views that make you want to burst out singing like the opening song in Sound of Music! There’s wet meadows with beautiful wildflowers and yet lightning keeps starting fires. New Fire shirts, in a gorgeous rainbow of bright colors and even tie-dye patterns, are available from a third vendor.

You know, people who work in the woods are sometimes looked down upon by the “radical environmentalists,” but they don’t understand. Do you remember in the Smokey Bear song, the verse that goes, If you’ve ever seen a forest when a fires raging..and you love the things within it like a mother loves her child…then you’ll know why smokey tells you as he sees you passing by, remember, please be careful, it’s the least that you can do!!” All the Forest Service people I’ve ever known, including my husband who was a temporary FS employee over twenty years, although he had been career employee when younger, they love the forest and working out in the woods. When they see the wildfire raging, and its a beauty there, with meadows of azalea’s, yellow lupine, the historic Kelsey Trail, spotted owls mating pair of long record and the views that inspire more than the greatest cathedral, it really hurts to see it destroyed and then sit and rot while people with no understanding of the Creator providing trees for human use and instead standing until the next fire brings them rolling down the hill endangering fire fighters. They haven’t been put to good use and thus become a catastrophic danger in the future. We love the forest and are grateful that the Lord gives new board feet for use each and every year it grows!

Lightning on Monday night June 6th (6/6/16) ignited more wildfires on the Klamath National Forest. One of the fires, 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp near Pony Peak, has grown to approximately 150 acres by Tuesday.
The Pony Fire is in remote forest west of Highway 96 and east of the Siskiyou Wilderness, a half mile southeast of Pony Peak. A helitack crew responded to the scene Tuesday morning and assessed the fire, then withdrew when conditions became too dangerous. The Forest Service used retardant-dropping aircraft throughout Tuesday to reinforce an existing ridge-top containment line. As of Tuesday evening the fire grew to 150 acres. Due to the growth of the fire, steep terrain, and difficult conditions, the US Forest Service has ordered additional air and ground resources, including a Type 2 Incident Management Team, which will manage the fire from Happy Camp.
The Dillon Fire, also from a lightning strike, is near Dillon Creek and about three miles west of the Pony Fire. The fire is 0.1 acre and smoke-jumpers are on scene.

Four new fires were detected near Happy Camp on Tuesday. Two of the fires, Jackson and Peak, are north of Jackson Peak and both are 0.1 acre. A twenty-person crew is split between the two fires. The Horse Fire, on Frying Pan Ridge, is a single tree and firefighters are on scene. The China Fire, near China Peak, is approximately 2 acres and has a twenty-person crew on scene. Three other fires from Sunday night lightning (Elk, Lower, and Little Grider) are contained.

We are praying for the safety of the firefighters and grateful for all the work that they do, and the support staff as well. There was an interesting article about the Mountain Medics serving on the fire, but sorry to hear that two had to have emergency care—an anaphylactic shock case and kidney infection sent someone to the brick and mortar hospital for care. Mountain Medics was contracted to provide medical care on the Pony Fire, and arrived in Happy Camp June 8th with a state of the art medical trailer complete with two cardio-monitors, and an added four wheel drive ambulance. We are grateful for anything that will keep the Fire Fighters, who are protecting our neighborhood, safe and healthy!

Thanks to all the firefighters, some from Happy Camp recently went to Canada to fight a very large fire there, and other places, and all those who have come to Happy Camp to fight local fires as well!!


Thanks to all the firefighters, some from Happy Camp recently went to Canada to fight a very large fire there, and other places, and all those who have come to Happy Camp to fight local fires as well!

20th Karuk Reunion was a Great Gathering

by Judy Bushy

Although the day was warm, it wasn’t quite as hot as some Karuk Tribal Reunion days have been in the past! Tents were all over. This year was the 20th annual event at the Tribal compound, Administrative, medical and dental clinic and other offices are there as well as the People’s Museum and Multipurpose Building that used to be the Happy Camp Elementary until back in 1989 when the new school was build on Park Way.

The largest and most prominent white tent being the one where all the Health Services were located. Keeping people safe and healthy is very important to the Karuk Tribe and we are grateful for all that they provide, not only for Karuk Tribal members and descendants, but also for the entire community.

The most fun of the event, to me at least, was to see bunches of children in joyous play swooping down the water slides, splashing and playing! In a day when there is concern that our children spend far too much of their time glued to modern technology, cell phones, I-pods, and computer screens and games, Active play in the out of doors in water play was fun to watch! The kids all wore big smiles, some with toothless grins common among youngsters in the early primary years. They were all especially cute, at that age in life when new teeth are a momentous occasion!
After watching them for awhile, and trying without much success to catch the blur of their activity and constant motion on camera, it was time to go to lunch in the air conditioned Senior Nutrition site.

It was ther that I had the pleasure of meeting Huddleston Oakes! Huddleston grew up at Ferry Point and his sister, Arlene was the young girl who visited Stella in her book about living on the Klamath River, Dear Mad’m! He uis listed, with Arlene in the Methodist /church roll for 1939. It was happy news to hear that he can read Klamath Views in the Siskiyou Daily News in Weed as well. His mother, Virginia Effman Oakes, and later added Anderson) wrote newspaper articles before my dayu. Debbie Wilkinson and Hazel Davis Gendron wrote articles about Happy Camp. Wouldn’t it be fun to read all their articles now!! Hazel has been sharing some items that she found in old newspaper research on the Facebook page, Growing up In Happy Camp, and we enjoy them so much!

We went back to the reunion later, as there were more old time friends and family still to visit with, but Huddleston left us wishing we knew more about the families, Southards, Oakes, Effman, Hastings Brothers and Taylors as well as the Coverts, Cy Jenson (Up’n Up) Fred Crooks (DearSir) and others no longer here. Those characters who lived down where Tinkum Creek met Titus Creek before joining the Klamath where Robert E. Southard and his family had their cabin.

Touring back in time – Karuk Reunion musings

By Judy Bushy

It was at the Karuk Reunion that I had the pleasure of meeting Huddleston Oakes! Huddleston grew up Down River with his sister. His sister, Arlene, was the young girl who visited Stella in Dear Mad’m. What fun to talk with him about her! He said he didn’t hang around them much because of the Ladies there, well, he would have to behave!! He is listed, with Arlene in the 1939 Methodist Church rolls too. Their neighbors were the Southards mentioned by Re. Dr. Leon L. Loofbourow who was a circuit riding Methodist preacher who came and encouraged the building of the Log Church in Happy Camp which is the Bible Church now!! His mother, Virginia Effman Oakes, (and later added Anderson) wrote newspaper articles. Before my day, Debbie Wilkinson and Hazel Davis Gendron also wrote articles. It was also happy news to hear that he can read Klamath Views in Weed!

Huddleston had come for the Reunion, of course, with his son and others of his family, but he agreed to take time to give us a tour after lunch. Pauline (Sis) Atteberry and Jeanne Burrer were also at lunch, and Buster Atteberry stopped by as well. Buster mentioned that his Dad often spoke of childhood fun they shared and “Hud” recalled a fishing trip with him. Buster also mentioned that his dad’s first job was to sweep out the schoolhouse at Ferry Point and for that chore he received $8 a month.

Later, Huddleston and his son showed us where he had lived as a child, west of his grandmother’s place, and where another cabin was that they raised chickens to sell. We stopped by the Southard graves and recognized some names from Happy Camp history. We saw where Buster’s Dad had lived as a child before the family moved to Happy Camp for high school. We saw the site of the old one room schoolhouse. The most fun, of course, is to hear the stories of the people who used to live there.

Someone once came by and asked Mr. Southard how far his property went, and he replied, “See that Winchester there, about as far as it can shoot!”

Pete, the mailman, that brought Stella Patterson to the Dear Mad’m cabin in 1946, also used to give Huddleston a ride down to Ti-Bar. It was a great afternoon hearing about those days when every creek had a miner’s cabin or even some cabins where there was only a spring or they had to pack water.

We went back to the Reunion as there were more old time friends and family still to visit with. But he left us wishing we knew more about the Hastings brothers, Taylor’s Ranch, and those characters who lived down where Tinkum Creek met Titus Creek to flow into the Klamath and Robert E. Lee Southard and his family had their cabin.

When I got home and opened the computer, a quote popped up in bold black letters on a bright yellow background.” When you are young your grandparents try to tell you their history, and you don’t care because it doesn’t interest you at the time Later on, you wish you had written what they said down.” (Quote by Lillian Trujillo.) It isn’t likely that we really don’t care, but we are too busy. Too bushy to listen. Too busy to sit and hear all the stories, and we think that we will someday, later. But sometimes, we keep so busy and don’t have time, until there is no one left to tell us the stories and we have lost a priceless treasure! Take time today.

Siskiyou Outdoor Museum Anticipation!

by Judy Bushy June 14, 2016


What a pleasure to stop in at the Siskiyou County Museum last week and see Lisa dressing manikins with beautiful wedding dresses. Yes, this is June all right! It was amazing to see them ready to show off our 1880s to 1900s collection of wedding attire, a beautiful array of gowns, some men’s suits, along with bridal accessories, photographs, love letters, and more.

A gorgeous three-piece gown caught my eye right away, as it was very beautiful, but not the traditional white dress usually seen. It was created by French designer Emile Pingat (1820-1901) and sent from Paris, France to Siskiyou County and worn by a sophisticated lady on her wedding day. I wonder who was the fortunate young lady who was able to wear that fabulous dress for her wedding!!

The volunteers were so helpful in looking up and helping me with the information that I went to pick up. Our museum is a treasure. Siskiyou County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for children ages 6-12, and under are free.You won’t want to miss the Grand Reopening of the outdoor museum soon!!

From the museum, I intended to look up some historical accounts of a shooting in Happy Camp in latter 1946 and see what I could find on the Classic Hill Mine. Unfortunately, although I found that the Library has lots of resources, they were nearly closing. I’ll have to make that trip again…earlier in the day!

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