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   Pioneers' and Homesteaders' Impressions
of their pioneer experiences, values, and the 2001 water shut-off

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When Tule Lake was drained and diverted into canals, lakes and storage reservoirs near the turn of the century, people came to settle the land.  Many of the following are audio clips taken of the settlers while making the video 'Homesteading in a Promised Land', a 100-year story of homesteading in the Tulelake Basin.  These are original versions of their personal feelings when they were denied use of their irrigation water in 2001 by their own government. (for more about Homesteading in a Promised Land video, click HERE)

In 1947 - 1949, WWII veterans moved to Tulelake
 to live on the homestead given to him by the U.S.
 Gov't for their service in WWII.  They fought
 to defend our country, and spent the rest of their
 lives raising food for America.

Velma Robison tells how they felt the day their irrigation water was shut off in 2001.


Velma and Fred Robison, 1947, when they won their
homestead.

photo by Anders Tomlinson, of Fred and Velma Robison in
2001.  Velma holds Reclamation ERA magazine of 1947.

 


Paul and Gertrude Christy
photo by Anders Tomlinson
The late Paul Christy tells about his homesteading experience:
"Democracy"

Paul's early years homesteading, and building a community.

Paul tells his feelings about 2001

 


Staunton sons, 3rd generation farmers
Photo by Anders Tomlinson
John Staunton, 2nd generation farmer,  shares his love of his family, community and his country.

John Staunton tells how he felt about what happened in 2001.
 :
John Staunton
photo by Anders Tomlinson

 


Mary Palmer Nowland and her mother Dorothy Palmer
photo by Anders Tomlinson

Mary Palmer Nowland's  grandparents were WW1 homesteaders, and her parents, WWII homesteaders.  She shares how life on the farm molded her sense of community in the classroom

Mary  relates her appreciation of The Migration in the Tulelake basin

 

Mike Byrne's family came to the Klamath Basin in the 1860's.  He tells a brief history of his ranch, and about the Klamath Project.
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