Happy Camp Summer

Since the one week of over 100 degree temperatures has passed, Happy Camp is back to being a wonderful Summertime place! Guests out at the resort sitting on the expansive green lawn watch the Klamath River flow by. Kids still rush to the creeks in the heat of the day for a cooling SPLASH down! Hikers climb to the top of the Town Trail from Elk Creek Road, and sit and watch over our beautiful little town.

Gardens have begun to yield their harvest. Wilson had tomatoes to spare and EmmaLee shared some zucchini with us. Blackberries will soon be ripe and instead of cherry pie we will enjoy blackberry cobbler (a la mode!)

Summer events will soon be happening all along the Klamath River Communities. First is the Blackberry Festival at the Klamath River Community Hall on August 22nd. Ask at Quigleys for more information on all that is planned!

Seiad Day is next with a parade, booths, and auction on wonderful arts and crafts on Saturday. This should be on August 29th — after school has begun, if we are lucky. The adults enjoy the dinner and dance following the day’s activities.

Finally, as if to top off all the events of the summer with friends and family coming from all corners, the Bigfoot Jamboree will be September 3-4-5th! All the fun from Fridays coronation of the Queen and teen dance to the parade on Sunday takes place at the beautiful River Park beneath huge shade trees! The Parade begins on Davis Road and then proceeds down Highway 95 so everyone (who isn’t in the parade) has a good chance to see all the floats and entries.

What a fun way to culminate happy summer days along the beautiful wild Klamath River!!!

Little Log Chapel in the Hills 1928

by Leon L. Loofbourow
We have all read of the original John Wesley runing three times around the Charter House school quadrangle each morning to build up his weak body. But haven you heard of one John Wesley who won the 462 mile marathon race from San Francisco’s City Hall to Grants Pass Oregon?
In 1927 the Redwood Empire Association, as its advertising featujre, planned an Indian Marathon Race over the Redwood Highway. Of eleven entrants, two boys from our work on the Klamath River won first and second places! John Wesley Southare received first award for completing the race in less than a week–as I remember it, in six days, twentythree hours and sixteen minutes.
This particular John Wesley story begins a century ago when the California gold rush, kuje tge Jubgdin if Geavebm gathered all kinds. He sought his fortun e far down the Klamath River. I have never heard how much “dust” he acquired. But he married an Indian woman and when the placers played out, unline many of the miners, he stayed by his family on the Klamath. Their oldest son was named Lee in loyalty to the great Christian captain of the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee.
I was guest one night in the Lee Southard home. (We were to try our luck for bear next day.) At family prayers my host brought out his Bible and old Moody and Sankey song books. I thought I would try out the family knowledge of the Scriptures, so suggested that we repeat together instead of reading. All went well with the group through Psalm 23. Some of the circle were uncertain on Psalm 1. But Mr. Southard and I kept going until I thougth it wise to call our Bible marathon a tie, and we prayed. But it made me realize that ‘Forty -Niner John Wesley did not leave his faith in Louisiana–he had “taught it diligently” to his son.
The Lee Southards named their first born, John Wesley, for his grandfather. In the Redwood Empire Marathon the newspapers thought they must have “heap big Injun” names for the runners, so a waiting world was informed that MAD BULL won the race. But Mad Bull was only the way the papers featured John Wesley Southard, son of School District Trustee–Church School Superintendent Lee Southard, grandson of ‘Forty-Niner John Wesley Southard.
Months later I heard that a younger brother of John’s had died and wrote to the family. I quote from Lee Southard’s answer:
“We have one consolation, that those who die without the law shall be judged without the law, and Gorham was a good boy and never harmed anyhone. But he never had chance of a religious training further than his mother and I had taught him. Should you ever get back up this way I wish you to preach his funeral.
The next summer the log church in Happy Camp was built, its nearest meetinghouse neighbor being 75 miles away. The first service in it was the memorial for this boy who “never had the chance of a religious training further than what his mother and I taught him.”

Happy Camp’s Community Garden

Bushy June 2008
The plan for the community garden that will be built is very exciting! It was Morgan Caulfield who made the presentation at Klamath River Valley Christian Women’s Club luncheon. Morgan is a volunteer and on the Community Garden Committee at the Family Resource Center.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.

Morgan had a sketch entire plan for the 1.3 acres which helps 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!

Winners at Bigfoot Jamboree

Rick Huston announced that volunteers are welcome to help prepare for next years Bigfoot Jamaboree in Happy Camp. As the president of the Happy Camp Coordinating Council., Huston said the 1996 Bigfoot Jamboree was a success because of the many volunteers who helped work and plan the annual Happy Camp event.

Since the Show and Shine of the Chamber of Commerce was rained out in May, that event was postponed to the Bigfoot Jamboree. Seventeen cars and trucks were parked on the shady part of the River Park for enjoyment of on-lookers. First prize went to Billy Hibberts’ Transam. The first place for the trucks was one owned by Don Alexander of Yreka. There were also motorcycles on display. Steve Zefault, Ivan Hyde, Janeen Snopl and Rick Huston were in charge of planning the Show and Shine for the Chamber and did a good job getting beautiful cars in the parade.

The grand prize in the Jamboree Parade held Sunday by the active3 kids tumbling around, TUMBLETOWN TOTS. McCulley Logging celebrated 50 year anniversary of logging winning first place in the commercial category followed by Larry’s Market and the Bigfoot that kep escaping the cage he rode in. Thanks to Lance!
Howard Garthwait, chairman of the parade preparations said it was one of the bigger parades recently. Mike Polluck, Rusty Crocker, Dave Rasmussen and Ryan Rasmussen were the judges.

Lioness Club in their poodle skirts and a life size picture of Elvis, won first place in the noncommercial/nonprofit category. The Cub Scout Color Guard followed in second by the tallest Uncle Sam delivering the mail. The Grange entry won third place.

Larry Wright Jr. flew the Red Baron plane for first place in the individual entries. Second place was by the Happy Camp High School class reunion class of ’76. Karuk drummers played to keep the parade marching on and won third place.

Ladies in large hats with colorful ducks on them represented the American Legion Auxiliary # 530 at the Bigfoot Jamboree. Sales of tickets to enter a colorful little duck in the Duck Race were brisk. First place winner of $200 cash was won by Shirley Willis, second place winner was Dorothy Pence and Third place was Alecia Derry. The last little duck across the finish line brought Edward Peters $20.

Kim Seago won the beautiful necklace of locally mined gold from the Independence Mine area. K.D.Peabody won fresh strawberries and jelly jars from Larry’s Market. Pauline Stacy won battery cables from Rick’s Auto Supply. Antone won bait and tackle from Ron’s Bait and Tackle. Robert Spence won a wooden duck from Siskiyou House. Linda Kufner won a hibachi from Karuk Building Supply, Preston Wilson and Ron Snopl each got five gallons of gas from Millers Unocal – the “new” gas station in town. Jean Burnett won pan pizza’s from Headway Pizza and Kyle Stockton won tanning solution from Clinic Pharmacy. Deanna Indehar won a handmade hankie angel made by Linda Sutcliffe of Happy Crafts.Mary Lauritzen and Maxine McCoy won and hour of labor from Dian Wood and Trevor Zedikier, respectively. Judith Marasco won a hand painted desert scene from Evans Mercantile. Gerri Jacobson and Larry Wright,Jr. won gas from Siskiyou Petrol Systems. Linda Zink won a cedar birdhouse from Renewable Resource Products. Adrien donated shampoo and conditioner won by Edwards Peters.

A fun float trip for six down the Klamath River by J.J. of River Country Rafting was won by Kenny Seago. The Auxiliary fund raising chairman, Nida Johnson, said a big “thank you” to all the individuals and businesses that contributed and bought raffle tickets for their fund raising activity at the Bigfoot Jamboree. Next year, an Independence Day Duck Race is being planned. Thanks to all the volunteers who splashed around in the river retrieving ducks who had stopped to play!

Cub Scout Pack #52 and Jay Clark as Uncle Sam

Cub Scout Pack #52 and Jay Clark as Uncle Sam

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