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United States population is 151,325,798, California population is 10,586,223, Oregon population is 1,521,341, Klamath County population is 42,150 and Klamath Falls’ population is 15,875.
• January, 1949 Tule Lake Basin homesteaders get settled as grade school enrollment doubles in Tulelake.
• January, Two slot machines confiscated; Mrs. LaPrele Graham arrested, first gambling charge in several years, and fined fined $25.
• January, Klamath alloted spud acreage cut by 1,110 acres.
• January, attempt at segregation in Klamath Memorial Park dropped.
• January, Klamath Falls, Langell Valley and Lakeview among sites considered for Air Force Academy.
- January, record snowfall of 313 (questionable) inches in one week, 73 inches in a 48 hour period. Storm leaves city and Basin buried by snow, many stranded; roads blocked; Lloyd Hard, Rob Hard, Sherman Waldrip, John Waldrip are missing and found the next day. Half-frozen Louise Moore, Sally Larkin, negro women, rescued from boxcar.
• February, Tulelake’s Mrs. Toshiye Nashida Ohigashi citizenship restored.
• February, ice jam on Rogue River forces sawmill closures in Klamath Basin.
• February, Harlem Globetrotters entertain in Klamath Falls.
- February, loss of irrigation at Sun Creek, Modoc Point protested.
• February, Robert McIntyre gunshot death in negro district poses mystery.
• • February, Klamath Indians vote to drop lumber mill idea, consider increase in grazing fees which they decide to keep as is.
• February, NAACP speaker set for Interracial meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Klamath Falls.
• Waterfowl numbers peak near 7 million birds on the Lower Klamath
and Tule Lake Wildlife refuges.
• February, Medicine Lake ski run attracts skiers.
- February, Trapper W.L. Lowe displays 18 bobcats.
• February, 45 airplanes coming from Portland en route to Cuba.
• • February, Link River safety committee eyes problems associated with changes in flow. Larry Vandendoel, a boy, drowned in Link River a couple of weeks earlier. Minimum flow would be called for. COPCO would later be sued in drowning of youngster.
• February, group considers independent irrigation district in Tulelake.
• March 4, 3,000 folks turned out to watch Tulelake Mayor W.R. Moore turn on 18 streetlights from Highway 139 to East-west Road at 6:46 pm.
- March, Fremont National Forest asks public’s help in battle against porcupines.
- March, poisoned oats used to fight ground squirrels and new mice epidemic threatens spring crops.
- March, COPCO drops opposition to Bonneville transmission line.
• March, Klamath Sportsmens Association seeks continuous waterfowl season.
• March, K.G. Baghott new farm advsior at Tulelake, assisting Burton J. Hoyle.
• April, Wood River area feels sharp earthquake.
• Klamath Falls Ladies Lounge opens.
• June 30, a telegram is sent by Klamath Tribe Executive Committee members S.E.Kirk, Delford Lang, Dibbon Cook and Dice Crane asking its tribal delegates in Washington D.C to get Per Capita Bill passed and separated from the Withdrawal Bill.
• July, Weyerhaeuser mill, camps resume work after 10-week strike.
- August, Klamath River fish, near Keno, dying by thousands.
• August, Bureau of Reclamation has plans to divert Trinity River water.
• August, Pfc. John W. Thompson is first Klamath resident to die in Korea.
• • Malin’s Loveness Mill in the 1950’s had a capacity of 65,000 board feet feet per shift and 80 some full-time employees.
• September, Aunt Jennie Lawver Clinton, last survivor of the Modoc War, died and was buried in Chief Schonchin Cemetery on the Klamath Reservation.
• Miss Ada Rice was the last of the “Field Matrons” at the Klamath Agency and was buried in the Corbell Family plot in Wilson Cemetery.
• October, Lost River Diversion Channel being expanded.
• The first Linkville School, built by Mr. Couch, is torn down.
- December, Hanks Marsh may become state game refuge.
• December, group fights to save Klamath water, seeks Klamath River Watershed Development Association organization.
• December, Klamath falls near top of state in retail spending.
• January, Merrill dedicates new elementary school. Elementary students had been going too the high school until their school was rebuilt.
• January – February, ice in Chewaucan river to be blasted to relieve Paisley flooding.
- March, Siskiyou Sheriff orders lid clamped on gambling.
• April, Congressman Semon bill seeks to stop diversion of Oregon water which the House and Senate will pass.
• April, Keno named as site for large COPCO dam. Farmers fear water loss if COPCO builds Keno Dam. Copco expansion (Big Bend) project opposed by Klamath County Court.
• May, Former Newell internment center may become a townsite.
• A 2,254 foot deep Tulelake well was drilled. At first it was fresh usable water but that did not last long. Goldfish were known to die. The water had large amounts of methane and was famous for being able to explode or catch fire.
• June, lots in Newell were up for sale by the Bureau of Reclamation.
- June, once abundant Klamath elk make big comeback.
• June, crop dusting plane crases; pilot Harold McPherson is killed.
• August, forest fire chars 22,000 acres on Modoc National Forest.
• September, botulism taking toll on waterfowl.
• • September, utilities sought for new town of Newell.
• • September, Euauna Box and Big Lake Box Company buildings burn.
• September 8, Lake of the Woods lodge begins rebuilding following fire.
• September, Blue Lake readied for trout. Rotenone used to kill trash fish.
• October, rain ends record 139-day drought.
• October, Malin labor camp home to 500 harvest workers.
• October, new lease land farm plots to be offered.
• November, Bureau of Reclamation drills experimental wells in Butte Valley.
• December, Klamath Watershed Association to put up stiff battle against plan to divert Trinity River waters.
• December, Downtown Chiloquin has big fire.
• December, Klamath Tribe discusses liquidation plans and votes for prohibition repeal; asks for modified witdrawal law and election for delegates to Congress.
• Lumber industry had $14 million payroll in 1951.
• January, price ceiling imposed on spuds at $3.75 per hundredweight. Klamath Basin potato growers say higher price ceiling is imperative. Spud price rollback to go into effect.
Basin spud men blast Office of Price Stabilization. In June, 800 local growers estimate they would lose an estimated $2 million because the price ceiling had been lifted.
• January, sportsmen fight plan for more homesteads on Tule Lake.
• January, Tulelake internment camp eyed for subversives.
• February, Randolph Collier objects to Trinity River diversion.
• February, muddy roads close Newell school.
- February, wild horse roundup scheduled for southwestern county.
• February, Japanese – American internment camp may become prison.
• March, fire destroys Klamath Packing Co. plant, owned by Frank Lowell, on Old Midland Road.
• March, midget wrestling, featuring stars like Fuzzy Cupid, are a popular event held at the Klamath Falls Armory.
• March, Bureau of Reclamation studies power potential on Klamath River. Public curious about power plans of COPCO and the Bureau of Reclamation.
• March, Tulelake Irrigation District approved in vote,
American Legion blasts plan for using Japanese internment camp
and opposition to use of Newell internment camp grows.
• March, Modoc, Siskiyou supervisors meet to discuss Tulelake hospital and farm advisory office which was established in 1950.
Flood control on Lost River in Langell Valley could open more Tule Lake land for homesteading. Committee will study hospital for Tulelake.
• March, Bureau of Prisons takes over Japanese internment camp site. Convicts slated for internment camp and to be used in work on Newell camp.
• April, Glendon Smith and Marvin Christy killed in Newell plane crash.
• April, thousands of deer found dead on range south of Tulelake.
• May, California Governor Earl Warren visits area.
• • May, Indians veto contract with lawyers in suit against Algoma Lumber Co., Forest Lumber Co., Lamm Lumber Co.
• May, recommendations to reclaim alkali soils in northeast section of Tule Lake Basin.
• May, grasshopper war declared; brew barley crop are overrun and ruined in Tule Lake Basin. poison is used to combat grasshoppers.
• June, Henry J. “Bud” Chandler forms Klamath Falls television company.
• June, flying saucers reports surface again.
• June, Bureau of Reclamation observes 50th anniversary and has plans to irrigate up to 500,000 acres in Basin.
• June, Tulelake farmers discuss paying costs of bringing in 25 needed Mexican farmworkers.
• June, goose roundup held in Tulelake.
• June, Mr. and Mrs. Chet Freydenhall are producing strawberries near Malin.
• June, Louis Soukup sells Klamath Bus Company to Fred L. Joslen from Portland.
• October, record crowd sees Harry S. Truman in Klamath Falls.
• All fish in Lake of the Woods killed to improve sport fishing.
• Pop Fish buys the Cap Hansbury homestead and ranch. This land will become the Frontier tract.
• Tulelake Basin Unified School District’s student enrollment peaked in 1952 at 737.
• Bids go out for road from Squaw Point Canyon through Rock Creek Ranch to Rocky Point junction. State determines too expensive.
• April, Newell prison camp to be closed.
• December, Judge David R. Vandenberg rules state of Oregon has civil and criminal jurisdiction on Klamath Indian Reservation.
• April, horseradish being tested as possible new crop for Basin area.
• West Coast Airlines begins service at Klamath Falls Airport.
• University of Oregon starts compiling a dictionary of Klamath language and Indian legends.
• a nearly 3,000 foot deep Tulelake well is drilled and produces fresh water under it own pressure. The current Tulelake water tower is built.
• Tulelake – Butte Valley fairgrounds and the Otis Roper Community Park open.
• January, last of steam engines pulls out of Klamath Falls.
• January, cinemascope equipment installed in Klamath Falls’ Esquire Theater.
• January – February, DA Frank Alderson declares war on vice and Paula Benton charged with operating a bawdy-house, investigation into shooting continued. Klamath Improvement Fund (tax on prostitution) records published. City Council to be scene of showdown over vice. Parlor house lights out; city says it will cooperate in shutdown.
• February 15, Harriman post office closes.
• February, legislation to terminate Klamath Tribe considered.
• U.S. Air Force selects Klamath Falls Airport to host a military air base.
• Arthur Eggleston buys property at Rocky Point.
Year around residents total 12 or less.
• Pop Fish opens up the Frontier Guest Ranch with a restaurant and bar.
• April, Indian Affairs hearing held at Klamath Agency.
• May, Oregon Klamath River Commission urges COPCO water contract.
• May, Burea of Indian Affairs releases statement of investigation of Klamath Tribe election.
• Dirt road paved from Klamath Falls to Rocky Point junction.
• Frontier tract in Rocky Point is developed.
• June, Ghost of young woman said to haunt Fiddler’s Green near Clear Lake.
• June 21, Tribal delegates Boyd Jackson and Jesse Kirk in Washington D.C. are disappointed that the Tribe’s per capita payments are tied to the Tribal Termination Bill introduced by Senator Watkins.
• • August 13 – U.S. Congress passes the Termination Act abolishing the Klamath Tribes and reservation federally recognized tribal status and Government services. The U.S. acquires 862,622 acres of Klamath tribal land for liquidation. The land will eventually sell for $120 million. The Klamath Falls League of Women Voters, the Oregonian, and the National Congress of American Indians opposed termination. The tribe never votes on whether or not to terminate. Congress had decided that Native Indians should be absorbed into main stream culture.
• 1163 out of 2086 Klamath Indians were under the age of 21 at the time of termination.
- A record flood hits Northern and Central CA, spurring on the Feather River project at the Oroville site. Flood in the Sacramento Valley kills 38 people.
• March, Ancient dams (fish traps) revealed by lowering Link River.
• Bob Sloan reopens Harrimans Lodge out of bankruptcy.
• Tomahawk Ski Area opens. Closes in early 90’s.
• October 23 – Klamath County Musuem opens.
• December, rainfall floods Klamath Falls streets.
• December, 50-year contract signed on Link River Dam.
• January, rope tow begins operation at Tomahawk Ski Area in Rocky point.
• January, Air Force constructs alert fighter hangars at Klamath Falls airport.
- January, Pit River floods Alturas, ranch hand Ray Stepp drowns in floodwater.
• February, flames raze Lost River Hotel in Merrill.
• • March, Johns-Manville Corp. buys 131 acres on Klamath Indian Reservation and announces plans for softboard plant near Chiloquin.
• March 30, crash of C45 cargo plan kills three Air Force soldiers.
• April, fire destroys Klamath Valley Lumber Co. and Roy Call Auto Wrecking.
• • July, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation moves from Kingsley Field to new offices at corner of Washburn Way and Joe Wright Road.
• Klamath Project irrigators’ electricity rate contract is renewed for 50 years at the 1918 rate of 0.6 cents per kilowatt-hour; Oregon “off-Project” irrigators sign a contract for power at 0.72 cents per kilowatt-hour.
• 250 white sturgeons are planted in Upper Klamath Lake.
• Electricity comes to Rocky Point.
• A report termed the Klamath Basin as the “greatest concentration
of waterfowl in North America and probably the world.
• Air West begins service at Klamath Falls Airport. Air West becomes Hughes Air West in 1970 and then Republic Airlines in 1980. Republic terminates service to Klamath Falls in June, 1980.
• January, B.B. King to perform at Klamath Falls Armory.
• Klamath Lake Highway is renamed Lake of the Woods Highway.
• The Klamath River Compact between Oregon, California, and the U.S. sets goals and objectives for water management on the Klamath River.
• May, First Federal, established in 1934, makes 5,000th home loan.
• • July, the Klamath Falls Airport is renamed and dedicated as Kingsley Field in honor of Lieutenant David Kingsley. The Kingsley comes to Klamath Falls for dedication.
- Forty-four students complete the school year at various vocational schools and colleges around the state under the Klamath Education program.
• August, John Colwell, first white child born in Klamath County, dies.
• September, President Eisenhower signs law enacting Klamath River Compact.
• • • November 2, the Senate Subcommittee on Indian Affairs visits Klamath Falls for 2 days of hearings in regards to the Federal Government buying the Klamath Indian forest lands.
• Klamath River Basin Compact is approved by California and Oregon legislatures and ratified by Congress.
- Herald & News moves out of Evan’s Northwestern’s original building after 45 years of use.
• A larger Tulelake High School is built across from the fairgrounds.
• September, Southern Pacific Engine No. 2579 dedicated at Veterans Park
• • Johns Manville mill opens near Chiloquin. It closes 4 years later.
• Williams Country Store opens. (Site of Kent’s store).
• September 11 – Klamath River Compact, which governs the use of water in the region, becomes effective.
• Wayne Keefer purchases Frontier Guest Ranch.
• January, Unemployment in Klamath County reached low point, 12%.
- January, mouse infestation attracts attention. Mouse committee calls for action. Attending the Bend meeting from Klamath were Bryant Williams, C.A. Henderson, J.D. Vertrees, Leland Cheyne, Alvin Cheyne, Jack Marshal, Ray Roberts, Gene Gross and Frank Prince. Secretary of State, Mark Hatfield was a speaker. Concentrated mice baiting would start throughout basin in late February.
• February 1, death claims basin pioneer. Brice McCormick, 83, one of Klamath County’s most colorful figures of the water transportation era died. He arrived in Oregon at age 8 and settled in Keno. He began working in an old type sash mill which later became McCormick Mill. Family bought first of the Klamath Basin river boats, the Mayflower, later renamed the Canby. Also helped put through the Greensprings Hwy.
• • February, Reservation plan backed by officials. Oregon officials told Senate subcommittee they favor federal purchase of the Klamath Indian’s vast timber stand. Summary of a termination plan proposed by a member of the Klamath Indian Tribe.
- February, compulsory car insurance plan outlined by Oregon Gov. Robert D. Holmes.
• February, Official snow depth at Crater Lake National Park is now at 15 feet.
- March, health experts find Basin mice carrying new disease.
Baiting programs halted after birds found dead. All distribution of poison grain for mouse control has been halted as a result of the death of 500 waterfowl. Waterfowl deaths studied, new plans are formulated. Experts are formulating a plan to prevent further destruction of wildlife caused by the poison grain in the mouse control program.
• • March, Oregon Sen. Neuberger supports an administration proposal to give private industry and opportunity to buy Oregon timber land now owned by the Klamath Indians.
• • March, Ruth King is first woman to fly in jet from Kingley Field.
• April, Winnemucca Highway plan okayed for federal funds. Klamath Falls and Medford will be connected with Salt Lake City.
• • April, Two flights a day to Portland for $16.45 on West Coast Airlines.
• April, water turned into A Canal for the 52nd consecutive year.
• April, KOTI TV2 made application to install a Translator to serve Klamath Falls.
• April, Tulelake strawberry Tulava Nursery enlarges with a potato digger converted to digging berry plants and a crew of 64 women.
• April, Klamath Indian termination problem will be subject of documentary TV film, The Klamath Crisis, for use on KGW-TV in Portland.
• • April, Majority of Indians asks to withdraw from the tribal organization and to take cash for their share of tribal assets.
Indian bill wins okay in Senate. Klamath Indian Reservation lands to be sold.
• • April, Indian timber case begins in Portland. Seven Klamath Indians claim they were defrauded by Moore Mill & Lumber Co.
• • May, pumping plant, located on the Williamson River at Hwy. 97, was activated. It will eventually supplement the water supply for the Modoc Point Irrigation Project.
• May, microwave relays are placed at Haymaker Mountain, 23 miles west of Kingsley Field, site of the Air Force communications center radar station, to alert Kingsley Field of an attack.
• May, Indian group plans meet. The House Indian Affairs subcommittee will hold a hearing next Thursday on a bill to authorize sale of Klamath Indian timberlands.
• • May, Bly Lumber to resume operations after Mar. 6th fire.
• May, Klamath County, famous for potatoes, brewing barley and alsike clover seed, is now gaining added fame as a producer of forage grass seed.
• May, Conservation of water vital to growth in Klamath Basin. Basin reservoirs, including Gerber Reservoir, built in 1925, prove effective in conservation of much needed water.
• May, concrete bridge over Sprague River finished by Indian road builders.
• May, Forest Service working on Lake of the Woods campground expansion.
• May, 30,000 attend Klamath Basin’s first annual Aviation Week, largest air show in history of basin.
• May, Jerry Rajnus, County commissioner, was appointed to serve on and inter-county committee that will push for more homesteading in Lower Klamath wildlife refuges.
• June, Crop dusting plane crashed on the Fred Nelson ranch near Westside Store killing pilot Lewis T. (Bud) Bickers of Chiloquin.
• June, Klamath County Chamber of Commerce produced TV movie Wish You Were Here to be seen by 5.5 million viewers, showing local scenery, fishing opportunity and other attractions of the Basin.
- June, searing heat blisters much of Oregon again as fires rake range areas.
• • June, Klamath Tribal Council meet to vote on resolution asking the federal government to repeal law calling for sale of tribal lands. The meeting delayed by lack of quorum.
• • July, Sen. Richard Neuberger praises telegram sent to Washington by Klamath Falls leaders, giving this area’s official support on Klamath Indian termination. Sale of the Klamath Indian timber stand gained approval of the House Indian Affairs subcommittee. Klamath County is expected to add about 50,000 acres of Indian land to its tax rolls.
• July, Congressman Al Ulman reported on the current status of the proposed amendment to the Klamath Termination Act already passed by the Senate and approved by the House Indian Affairs subcommittee. Meanwhile, Klamath Tribal Executive Committee has approved a resolution calling for repeal of the termination act in its entirety.
- July, payment of a bounty of 50 cents a nose on porcupines was resumed, Eva Cook, county treasurer, announced. Persons with a porcupine nose to turn in should go first to the county clerks office.
• • July, Sen. Richard Neuberger announced that the House had passed the amended Klamath Indian Reservation Purchase Bill.
Klamath Indian Reservation timber was insured against any “quick cutting” with the passage by the House of Representatives of their revised version of Senate Bill 3051.
• July, Klamath Falls radio station , KLAD was granted permission by the FCC to boost its kilocycles and kilowatts. Realtor, Jim Stilwell, announced the purchase and consolidation of all three TV cable companies in Klamath Falls and suburbs.
• August, 300,000th person to come to the municipal pool which opened on May 22, 1954.
• August, Cal-Ore Tavern, once colorful night spot 18 miles south of KLamath Falls on Hwy. 97 will reopen as a sporting goods store.
• • August, President Eisenhower to sign the Klamath Indian Reservation timberlands sale bill. In February. an appraisal listed the Klamath timber’s value at $118,391,610.
• • August, delegation from Medford met with the Klamath County Court to discuss road paving in the Lake of the Woods area.
• September, new lighting system being installed at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds grandstand.
• September, Crater Lake National Park reports more cars, people. Total number of visitors so far this year has been 287,855.
• September, the potential use of Gerber Reservoir as a recreation spot, with boat docking and launching facilities, camp and picnic grounds, and concessions, was outlined to the county court by Don Gray, manager of the Klamath Federal Reclamation Project.
• • September, Indian Bureau’s Tribal Land Sales Office to get the huge Klamath Indian Reservation timberland sale under way will be opened Oct. 27th in Klamath Falls.
• September, several Klamath County farmers have taken the first step toward participation in the 1959 Soil Bank program.
- September, County court discusses plan for Radio Network.
• October, Big Bend Dam – later J.C. Boyle Dam – is completed, and dedicated, upstream of the COPCO dams.
• October, Klamath County has 21,255 registered voters registered for the Nov. 4th election.
• October, new owners of Radio Station KFLW, Mr and Mrs. Stuart Wilson, have arrived in Klamath Falls.
• October, Klamath County Court has noted some progress in its campaign to acquire rock sites and cinder pits on the Klamath Indian Reservation.
• October, the largest tract of sub-alpine timber ever offered for sale in Oregon brought a high bid of $491,281 from the Diamond Lake Lumber Company of Klamath Falls.
• October, Klamath Falls Radio Station, Skyline Broadcasters Inc, granted application.
• October, two resolutions will be presented at a meeting of withdrawing members of the Klamath Indian Tribe, announced by Delford Lang, at the Klamath Agency council hall.
• November, Katherine “Kappy” Staunton, member of a longtime ranch family, was killed in tragic gun accident in her home in Tulelake.
• • Klamath Forest ( Marsh) National Wildlife Refuge is established, 16,400 acres.
• One of oldest dairies in Southern Oregon is the 560 acre dairy operated by I.L. and John “Bud” Harris at Lorella. The land was homesteaded in 1909 by grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Gale.
• Water irrigation project levels off at about 200,000 acres.
• Kokanne salmon are introduced to Lake of the Woods.
• November, Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge has a new private phone number, previously it was on a nine-member party line.
• November, fire destroys Gienger building in Chilouqin.
• • January, increases in timber cuttings in Federal forest lands supplying the Klamath Basin will offset the expected reduction in cutting of the Klamath Indian timber.
• January, geological survey report of the Klamath River, released by the Dept. of Interior, said the river’s flow is sustained largely by ground water which filters through volcanic rocks and enters the river and its tributaries through springs and seepage.
• January, ski slope at Union Creek, west of Crater Lake, is open for skiing.
• • January, Klamath Indians advised by Sen. Richard Neuberger that they have lost about 29 million dollars from the value of the Klamath Indian Reservation pine timber stand. Representatives of the Klamath Indian Tribe told Oregon Council of Churches Indian Affairs meeting that they fear the federal government might cheat them.
• January, cattle rustling trial of Eldon Shafer and Paul R. Wilson, preliminary bring fractious opinions. Cattle rustling larceny jurors hand down guilty verdict in February after weeks of headlines and legal maneuvers.
• February, Gene Vincent begins a year of music entertain at the Klamath Falls Auditorium that included that included Chuck Berry and his orchestra, Victor Borge, Brook Benton, Frankie Lester, Bill “Honky Tonk” Doggett and his famous recording orchestra, Bobby Darin, Lloyd Price and his orchestra, Duane Eddy, Fats Domino. Donnie and the ‘D’ Notes, Dennis Wayne and the Col-Lee-Jets, Johnny Carroll and The Spinners.
• February, basin water supply low, but may hold for season.
• February, remains found in Merrill’s D Canal listed as Giant Pliocene Camel. The camel bones will be kept in the Klamath County Museum using heaters to keep the bones from freezing.
• March, new Tulelake business venture is the High Valley Mills which opened on Hwy 139 for the manufacture of livestock pellets. Jorgen Marcher, Francis “Red” Webb, Frank King, and Woodrow Chambers are part of the operation.
• March, Oregon Forestry Board stepping up rehabilitation of reforestation in Klamath County.
• March, Bill to authorize use of Bureau of Indian Affairs revolving interest-free loan fund for withdrawing members of Klamath Indian Tribe introduced by Sen. Richard Neuberger.
• March, rare Great Gray owl has been seen feeding on mice in Fort Klamath.
• March, Pretty Buck, a horse movie star, appeared in Tower Theater box office, to promote movie The Sad Horse.
- March, strong objections to a new government appraisal of the Klamath Indian Reservation,
• March, conversion of Prisoner of War Camp to a four-county youth camp wins approval. Many of the 44 buildings proposed for use as a youth camp at Newell, south of Tulelake, are in good repair and quantities of equipment are still housed at the site of the former Army headquarters at the Japanese War Relocation Center which the Federal Bureau of Prisons indicated that they plan to give up their lease.
• • April, 32-foot cut from one of the largest yellow pine trees of the Klamath Indian Reservation has been donated by members of the Klamath Tribe to Collier State Park.
• April, flying automobile, Aerocar, traveled though KF on its way to Las Vegas.
• • April, Klamath Indians are continuing to snap up property as it is offered for sale from the Klamath Reservation. Klamath Indian Tribe nixes $692,000 Timber bids.
• April, emergency shipment of 50,000 board feet of lumber (donated by Klamath Basin Pine Mills, Modoc Lumber Company, Ellingson Lumber Company and Weyerhaeuser) is being loaded by Consolidated Freightways for shipment to Portland for the monster exposition building of the Oregon Forest Products Association at the Centennial grounds.
• April 30, the final day for the operation of the Olene Post Office, name given by O. C. Applegate meaning ‘eddy in a river’ in Indian, established on Nov. 24, 1884.
• May, Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch arrives at KF Airport to speak at annual K Club banquet at Klamath High School, Klamath Kowpokes greeted him with drawn revolvers as he stepped from plane, was ordered to wear his cowboy hat during his stay.
• • May, four Klamath Indian timber tracts worth between a million and eleven million are up for sale to prospective buyers.
• May, irrigation water supply hindered by bad snow pack, according to W. T. Frost, snow survey supervisor for US Department of Agriculture.
• June, County Clerk Charley DeLapp reports that 332 Klamath County residents died in 1958, Herald and News record show that 988 babies were born the same year. Graduation rites held for 307 Klamath Union High School seniors.
• June, round-trip bus service between KF and Crater Lake National Park begins with Pacific Trailways, round trip, $7.26, rim tour fare, $1.65.
• • June, lone bid of $458,765 by the Modoc Lumber Company was all that an offering of six parcels of Klamath Tribal lands drew.
• • June, Eulalona, an old and long-vanished Indian Village on Lakeshore Drive, was honored at its new symbolic location in Moore Park, Daughters of the American Revolution moved this marker from the Fremont Bridge.
• June, Governor Mark Hatfield officiates at opening ceremonies for the first insulating board manufacturing plant, Johns-Manville, to utilize lodgepole pine on a major commercial scale.
• • June, Klamath Agency announced that all roads within the boundaries of the Klamath Indian Reservation, will be closed to travel by the public.
• • July, ground breaking for construction of the new airport terminal building.
• • July, wind-driven fires slash across 2,300 acres near Hildebrand, near Klamath Indian Reservation. Borate, a fire extinguishing chemical, was dumped on the Great Northern trestle over Lake Ewauna.
• July, giant dredge from Tulana Farms dredging Upper Klamath Lake, filled in a portion of the lake front across from Moore Park.
• July, Chamber of Commerce billboard near Weed directing tourists to come to Klamath County.
• July, fire destroyed the Klamath Basin Pine Mills Company, total loss.
• Road paved from Rocky Point junction to Lake of the Woods.
- July, Klamath River dam below COPCO approved by Game Commission in California
• July, West Coast Airlines’ Fairchild F-27 propjet, one of America’s newest jet-age transports, began inaugural services from Oakland, Sacramento, Klamath Falls, Portland, Seattle.
• August, more than 3,000 persons gathered to celebrate Malin’s 50th anniversary.
• August, bids will be opened by the General Services Administration for sale of the Tulelake War Relocation Authority Center where up to 22,000 Japanese were interned during World War II.
• August, John Riskus, 2448 Madison Street, was amazed when he discovered over 300 dead and dying English sparrows littering his front yard.
• August, Indian Claims Commission handed down decision the Pit River Indians were deprived of their aboriginal land by the United States Government without compensation.
• August, three times in the past few years, radiation has jumped to abnormal levels at Klamath Falls, the state health officer reported.
• August, John Hagan could walk across Link River below Copco Dam during dry summer.
• • September, Williamson Canyon Fire ruins vast timber stand. it started at Cave Mountain.
• September, the first flight of West Coast Airlines to Lakeview, Burns and Boise left Klamath Falls Airport with Klamath falls residents as passengers.
- October, total of 3,860 porcupine noses had been turned in to office of Lake County Clerk Zane Grey, payments of 50 cents on each nose.
• October, Pelican Bay Lumber Company lumber sheds, now owned by Car-Ad-Co Incorporated of Oregon, burned to the ground.
• • October, Gene Favell’s collection of Indian arrowheads were displayed during the Northern California-Southern Oregon Historical Society Symposium in Klamath Falls.
• • 30 million board feet lumber floated down Crystal Creek (1959-61).
• Odessa tract in Rocky Point developed. (late 1950’s).
• Pelican Acres in Rocky Point developed. (late 1950’s).
• October/21 – Frontier Guest Ranch, Pioneer Guest Ranch Lodge, across from Tomahawk Ski Bowl on Lake of the Woods Highway burned to the ground.
• • October, Greyhound Bus Klamath Falls to Los Angeles ticket costs $13.65.
• November, exploratory well drilling on the new 150-acre Oregon Tech campus site has reached a depth of 285 feet, according to W. D. Purvine, OTI director.
• November, sharing of time, energy and material goods by residents of Klamath County and the Tulelake community help many migrant workers here for the potato harvest
• November 6, Senator John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline and brothers Ted and Robert stop at Klamath Falls. Kennedy gives a pre-campaign speech at the Willard Hotel that addresses farm issues.
• … Rocky Point, Upper Klamath Lake, Fort Klamath, Crater Lake, Klamath Development Company
• … Transportation, Logging. Railroads, Power, Communications, Mining
• … Reclamation, Farming, Merrill, Malin, Tulelake
• … Klamath Falls, Jacksonville, Medford, Ashland
• … Indians, Klamath & Yainax Agency, Chiloquin, Spring Creek, Sprague
• Klamath Basin Timeline: Before 1500 … Islands, Mountains, and People
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1500 – 1839 … England, Spain, Russia
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1840 – 1859 … Trappers, Gold and Trails
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1860 – 1869 … Applegates and Captain Jack
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1870 – 1879 … Strongholds and Swamplands
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1880 – 1889 … Klamath County and Newspapers
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1890 – 1899 … Merrill, Flour and Potatoes.
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1900 – 1909 … Steamboats and Locomotives
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1910 – 1919 … Automobiles and Movies
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1920 – 1929 … Recreation and Refuge
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1930 – 1939 … Depression, Sporting and Tulelake
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1940 – 1949 … Internment and Homesteading
• Klamath Basin Timeline: 1950 – 1959 … Televison, Radio and Airports
1950 – 1999… Timber, Ranches, Boomers
2000 – Present… Legislation, Court decisions, Science Studies
Modoc Indian War… Indians, Settlers, U.S. Army
Bill and LoEtta Cadman, Ina and Roy Reed, Pat McMillian, William Brady,
Andrew Ortis, John Pratt, Art Eggleston, Rob Crawford – Crawford Farms,
Bev Wampler, Gayle and Chuck Jaynes, Richard Kopczak and
Cindy Wright are some of the many folks that allowed access to their
libraries and, or, shared information to help Anders compile
the above timelines.
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