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The first part included previously unpublished articles from the research files of the Siskiyou County Historical Society as well as articles submitted by local authors.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.

Down River News May 14, 2009

Bonnie had a really neat quote in the lunch serving area today. It said, “Who said can’t? Someone is always doing what someone else said was impossible. Try Trying!!” There are all sorts of exciting projects blooming all over the Klamath River Valley because people are attempting new things!

First challenging new project is by the Happy Camp Family Resource Center . Last week I mentioned to you that Karen Derry was going to speak to the Klamath River Valley Christian Women’s Club luncheon on the community garden. Well, I was mistaken. It was Morgan Caulfield who made the presentation. Morgan is a volunteer and on the Community Garden Committee at the Family Resource Center . The plan for the community garden that will be built is very exciting! The best part is that the inspection for the 18×24 greenhouse will be done before you read this column! That will be a great step toward garden construction.

You really need to see the entire plan for the 1.3 acres to appreciate all the good potential… There will be grape arbors, trees and a rose garden. A wetland area will continue to be wet although the willows will be cleaned out and native plants grown

The Garden will provide access to fresh produce and plants to our community. Healthy food possibilities will be in special raised beds (i.e. cancer preventative, healthy heart etc). There will be a grassy area where plant and flower starts will be sold, since the garden is intended to be self sustaining. There will also be an outdoor cooking area and place for picnics and places to sit and visit with friends.

The community garden will make opportunities for all parts of the community. You, your family or organization may adopt a tree or a raised bed. There will be walkways that will allow access for the handicapped. While the senior citizen may take a short leisurely stroll, those with more energy may build their fitness through longer walks stopping at exercise stations. Benches will be available to just enjoy the beauty of the rose garden. If you are a beginner in gardening or want to lean new skills, such as starting a grape arbor, there will be classes on a variety of topics.

Community gardens promote healthy communities and can provide good healthy food for many low income persons. Those who participate in community gardening project grow healthy food while they make use of the space that hasn’t been used productively previously. As a meeting place and place to work together with green growing things, the Community garden can strengthen community bonds; provide recreational and even therapeutic opportunities for our Klamath River community. If you’d like to volunteer or learn more about the Family Resource Gardening project give them a call! Perhaps this is your year to have a really fantastic gardening experience!

A neighbor down river at Swillup Creek, Kathy Harvey, will be well known to many of you both for her beautiful photography and for having Iris and Day Lily plants which see grows. Kathy was mentioning how refreshing it is to walk out into her garden and just enjoy the beauty of the flowers and scent there. Since she has 600 varieties of Iris and about 200 verities of Day Lilies that is a remarkable collection. You may have seen Kathy at the Farmers Market, or the plant sale before Mother’s Day at Forest Lodge or Evans Mercantile last Saturday. Well now is the time to see Kathy’s Iris’ in bloom. She has potted varieties for you to pick out and take home to plant. She also has photos so you can pick out something that she may not have “ready to go.” In town the other day I got a Lily on impulse for a teacher moving in a neighboring place on Curly Jack and afterwards wished I’d gotten some of Kathy’s 75 potted Day Lilies for $5 or $6. For further information you can give her a call, leaving a message on her cell phone 530 925-2195. This is the perfect time of year for a beautiful drive down to Swillup Creek at mile marker 23.12 to enjoy the fruits of Kathy’s green thumb in the garden.

While talking to Kathy, she said she was planning to have a table at the Bigfoot Corner for the Library Book Fair June 6th. That will be a big day on Davis Road off Highway 96 in Happy Camp! Not only because out 8th graders and high school students will be graduating the previous week. Parry’s Market at one end of the road will have their big tent sale. At the Klamath Siskiyou Art Gallery at the other end of the street will be the Library Book Fair. Tables are only $10 if you have arts and crafts to sell. Have you wanted to start a craft business but have put it off. Get busy and start crafting, neighbor!!

The Library Board would also appreciate it if volunteer musicians would bring music to the day. If you would like to volunteer your talents, call Gerry Canning 493-2253.

The Cub Scout Pack #52 has had items donated, especially a lot of equipment if you will be mining for gold, which they will have available on June 6th further down Davis Road . If you have good items to donate to this program (to help our young boys learn character and accomplish learning activities while having fun adventures) the Pack would be grateful. If you haven’t done your spring cleaning, here is the opportunity to clean out what you no longer want taking up space in your home. Then you can be prepared to living the simple life in an orderly and organized home in the next few weeks.

Maybe you have had the desire to have your culinary skills recognized! Have you signed up at the Happy Camp branch of the Scott Valley Bank for the Chili and Salsa cook off???

If you have other planned events to share with our neighbors along the beautiful wild Klamath River corridor, give me a call!
Thank you for keeping us all informed!

Now is the time to take that vision or dream in your life, and “Try Trying!!” Have a good week!