Klamath River Rafting is the BEST!

Rafting the Klamath River

Good morning, Everyone Loves rafting the Klamath River!!

Dave Williams sent a message to Happy Camp News. He is a writer that shares stories of river trips.

Dave loves the Lower Klamath and has written about it many times. He was hoping to update his latest post about the river accessibility after last year’s fires.

Dave would appreciate any updated information? Please add your update info in comment below and here is his blog post as well: https://whitewaterology.com/klamath-river-rafting/

Also, Ironhead Guide Service is our Happy Camp fishing and rafting expert!

Remember Mad Bull and FLying Cloud, winners of the Marathon 1927 & 1928

(Note:For More about the Redwood marathon of 1927 there will be a presentation by Jim Berry at the Gold Street School Resource Center, Room 9 in Yreka. Saturday, March 26th at 1:00 sharp.
Judy E. Bushy
Have you heard the story of “Mad Bull” (better known as John Wesley Southard, son of Lee Southard) and “Flying Cloud,” who was Henry Thomas were amazing runners. They were the first and second winners of the 1927 Redwood Highway Marathon. The next year, Flying Cloud came in first place.

1927 Redwood M Marathon Runners

The race was the idea of the promoters of the Redwood Highway from San Francisco to Grants Pass, Oregon.

Karuk Runners
The Happy Camp General Store was owned by Herbert G. Boorse (1873-1932) and he sponsors the race and trained the Happy Camp runners!
“Mad Bull” was Karuk, John Wesley Southard age 23 (#5) and won the 480 mile race in 7 days, 12 hours, and 34 minutes. It was reported, “Mad Bull came in smiling but worn out.”
“Flying Cloud” (#2) was Henry Thomas who came in 2nd in 1927 and first in 1928. “Fighting Stag” (#3) was Marion Southard age 20. “Rushing Water” (#7) was Gorham Lincoln Southard, was still a teen at age 18. “Falcon” (#7)was 29 year old, David Henry Huey. The other Karuks were W. E. Simpson, Elder Earl Barney and James D. McNeil.

Zuni Tribe
Mike Kirk, the A.A.U. commissioner for Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, trained and picked three Zuni Indians. They were the toughest and best of Zuni Tribal Reservation in New Mexico. He reported, “The Zuni runners are a colorful lot, with head bands and silver belts.” When they ran, they striped “to the waist.”

Marvelous Marin County sponsored Jamon of the Zumi. Chochee was sponsored by Humboldt County. Melika was sponsored by the town of Willits.

Today is the Day!! Tell Your Story!!!

Judy E. Bushy
Tell Your Story!!
You have a story to tell. Many times people who grew up in Happy Camp write to us and say it was the most wonderful childhood they could have imagined. Have you had that experience??

Stella Did!
Stella W. Patterson was an elderly lady when she left the Circle P (for Patterson) Ranch down by Willow Creek and moved to a mining cabin on the Klamath River at Ferry Point. She wrote the story of her year there, along with her friends, Fred (DearSir) Upn’Up and his wife and new baby (Benji,) a Karuk gal that lived across the Klamath River and came to visit. … Frenchy, all those wonderful characters who have been read about for decades.

Readers Became Fans!
When her story was published in 1959, and only arrived the day of her funeral, it was a best seller!! It was a book club selection! It had various foreign printings as well. People loved it then, and still today people tell us that they read it over and over again. They Love It!!

Naturegraph has kept the book in print, and after the fire, Barbara promised not to forget Dear Mad’m. It is now available again from Naturegraph!! They love it.

National Write Your Story Day — March 14

This Week & Celebrations to come in Happy Camp

by Judy E. bushy

Time change!

March 13th, Sunday morning, hope you woke to a new time! Clocks were changed at 2 a.m. in the morning to Spring forward to Daylight Savings time!!

March 14th, Monday Afternoon, 5:30 at the Partner’s Deli is the monthly Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch Meeting. Volunteers are welcome. If you are concerned about thievery and other crime in our town, your assistance is important in taking action!

March 16th, Wednesday. If you need an excuse, bake a birthday cake for President James Madison. He was born March 16, 1751. Besides being President Madison was important in the drafting of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Thomas Jefferson appointed him to be Secretary of State where he served until he won election to be president in 1830.

March 17th, Thursday, be sure to celebrate Irish heritage with the wearing of the GREEN! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and keep a look out for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!!

Thursday at the Happy Camp Assembly of God Church at 727 Indian Meadows Drive, Pastor Jim Uhey is in the midst of an 8 week study from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. They will cover understanding that loses affect each of us, emotionally, physically and Spiritually, although each of us react differently to these events. He will also provide some tools to help our children process their losses and tools to help[ each other.

March 18th, Friday, if you didn’t get that birthday cake Tuesday, here’s your chance. For this is President Grover Cleveland’s birthday. He was born March 17, 1837, in New Jersey.

April 10th at 9:30 in the morning there will be a Turkey Shoot at Klamath River Community Hall. That is also Palm Sunday.

April 17th will be the most important Christian celebration of the year, even more than Christmas!! On this day, all Christians and those who want to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ will meet at the Happy Camp Airport. I’ve remembered this celebration at the Happy Camp Airport for over 50 years although we didn’t get there all those years. Do you remember previous celebrations for Easter Morning. Let us know in the comments how long you’ve seen Happy Camp celebrating Resurrection Life!!

Be there 7:30 Morning!

Siskiyou Pioneer 2021 is Out!!

by Judy E. Bushy

2021 Siskiyou Pioneer

What a joy to receive the brand new, hot off the press publication! Siskiyou County and its MONUMENTS is the name of the latest publication of the Siskiyou County Historical Society.

The unique cover announces that this covers memorials, pillars, plaques, columns, obelisks, cairns, signs and monoliths, and besides that two buildings in Happy Camp are celebrated!

Delighted Despite Delay
You may be wondering why the 2021 book is just coming out, but it should be no surprise to anyone that the Covid and other unforeseen problems impacted the publication, No worried, it was worth waiting for! (Incidentally if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2022 to get the new book for this year, be sure and do so as soon as you can!!

Log High School
The information on the Happy Camp Area starts with the Log High School on E Street and 4th Avenue in Happy Camp. As most old timers in Happy Camp know, the Log High School was “built in 1933 with donated labor and material by the people of Happy Camp on land given by L.H..Newton. Supervised by the High School Building Committee: W.B. Mason, G,R. Humphreys and P.M Toleman.

Karuk People’s Museum
Another site is the Karuk 54256 Second Avenue in Happy Camp. People’s Center Museum (and Gift Shop) in Happy Camp.

Brick Building

1860 Brick Building

Another Building is the J. Camp, Titus and Heil Camp Mercantile and Drug Store. The most notable thing about this building, which is one of the first buildings built in Happy Camp was that it is made of local bricks. That’s why it is usually called “the Brick Building,” by locals. In recent years it has been used by the Evans Mercantile next door. which is closed at present.

Some persons persist in the rumor that John Titus reported that James Camp had the nickname, “Happy” and when he came to Happy Camp he named it after himself. However, anyone careful about history accuracy would know that prospectors coming to “Murderer’s Bar” area in 1951 camped on the Klamath River beside Indian Creek and changed the name to “Happy Camp.”

Until at least 1854, James Camp and his brother were still back in Virginia where the family had moved from New Brunswick. It was in 1857 that Richard Humphries and Lewis Barnes sold their ferry and buildings at Ferry Point to James Camp and John Titus.

J. Camp & Company Came to Happy Camp
Later, the Waldo or Gasquet Trail became more prominent than the Kelsey Trail at Ferry Point they moved to Happy Camp. Henry Doolittle, first postmaster of Happy Camp sold the hotel on Main Street and Bridge Street to Martin Cuddihy. Cuddihy sold a lot across from the hotel to James Camp and Co where they built the Brick Building in 1860.

There are very many interesting Monuments of different sorts in this new Siskiyou Pioneer. There are others that have disappeared, and some yet to be put up. There are many to explore, and you may discover others. Let us know!!

Little Campers & Rockets March for Kindness

by Judy E. Bushy
The Little Camper’s Child Care Center has a happy bunch of kids playing, learning and growing all the time. Recently they had a special Kindness March together with the Rockets Afterschool program for the Happy Camp Elementary School students.

The little tykes have had Snow Fun for January learning (and experiencing} winter, Arctic animals and hibernation. They exercise their artistic skills, practice learning to spell their name, and counting!

Fun didn’t end with February beginning! They recently learned a lot about kindness which led to the Kindness March. So, given the nice warm (for winter) sunny day, what could be better than, together with Rockets program’ March for Kindness!!
After the March, they gathered for a special snack. The Karuk Tribe provided popcorn for a snack for the children, parents, staff and all the community members that helped make it all possible.

Little Campers Child Care Director, Abigail Eadie Towers said they appreciated the Happy Camp Fire and Volunteer Ambulance staff who provided the safety escort on the March up to Bigfoot Corner on Highway 96. Towers also expressed that “We are so thankful for our community and the support for our amazing students!! Thank you!!”

After the last licensed Child Care Center in Happy Camp closed in June of 1991, it filled a great need when the Little Camper’s Child Care Centered opened in the Happy Camp Community Center at 38 Park Way in Happy Camp. Parents were much in need of a quality care facility for their children while they worked!

Be Kind To All

Little Camper’s Kindness March

Next week will be what we used to celebrate as President’s day on February 21st but Happy Camp High School will be enjoying a President’s week. February 6th is President Ronald Reagan’s birthday, February 9th is President William Harrison’s birthday, February 12th is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and George Washington, our first President was born on February 22nd. Lots of birthdays, but more presidents were born in October.

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