Real People/True Stories
Costs spike, fields go fallow in Klamath, CFBF
AgAlert, 6/22/22. " 'That
(Upper Klamath) Lake did not exist other than wet years
before they built the Link River Dam," he said. "It was
built to store water for dry years to irrigate and farm
with, and now it's totally being misused, mismanaged,
and all the water is getting flushed down the river for
salmon or being held in the lake at unhistoric levels
for suckerfish.' He said many beef producers have had to
sell their cattle at a loss because they can't feed
them. If Ackley were eventually forced to sell off his
herd, he said, he would lose about 80 years of genetic
selection for the best cattle for this rangeland. 'You
can't just go buy that back,' he said."
industry leader David King succumbs to cancer at age 62,
Capital Press 2/7/22.
farmers struggle to navigate unreliable water, H&N
Rodney Cheyne - "...I'm
in a tough spot because I want to see my kids take it
over, but what the hell are they going to take over if
this doesn’t get better, if it doesn’t change?” he
Bev Mallams from Beatty: Teamwork builds family ranch,
Capital Press 7/1/21.
Klamath's Vowell brothers to join Buckaroo Hall of Fame,
Eulogy of a WWII veteran, 2nd Lt John William "Bill"
Quinn, who felt "lucky" to live in Tulelake after the
war, spoken by his son Kevin Quinn: "...Dad had
said of Tulelake...it was the best place for him after
the war because it was a city filled with Veterans.."
News founder Ron DeShon dies. "Ron
DeShon was the founder of KBC News. In 2001,
when he heard about the Tulelake WWII veterans'
homesteads being denied water by the U.S.
government, he created this website almost
overnight for the Tulelake and Klamath farmers
and ranchers. His father, from 'The Greatest
King obituary, H&N 3/17/19.
was on the board of directors of the Bucket Brigade,
doing all he could to help farmers keep their water
rights..." KBC NOTE: He lived a full
life of giving his all to his God, his family, community
and country...an All American Christian and Patriot.
Thank you Bob! It was an honor to know you. We will miss
Takacs 1907-2015, Tulelake. Nelle came to
the Klamath Basin by covered wagon in 2010 when
she was 3. She speaks in
in a Promised Land' DVD. 5/1/15
Batkid documentary to show Jan. 24. Story of
Miles Scott’s wish reaches far beyond his
Tulelake home, H&N
Pointe resident turns 108:
just take things as they come,’ says Nelle
H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15
Rancher of the Year
owns, manages Dry Lake Ranch near Tulelake,
H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14.
The Spirit of Klamath
A RODEO GIFT:
chaps for soldier Auction:
Buyer gives prize to mom’s son in
Longtime Elko GOP activist Gerber dead
at 72, Washington Times 10/27/14,
followed by Grant's recent letter
regarding the Grass March - Cowboy
Express, article, and letter to KBC News
in 2002 when Grant was helping organize
the Klamath Relief Fund and Convoys
coming to help Klamath Farmers and
ranchers whose water was shut off by the
federal government in 2001.
Bucket Brigade activist dies. Grant Gerber
helped establish the tax-free relief fund
during the 2001 Klamath Basin Water Crisis,
posted to KBC 11/16/14
2/23/1926 - 6/4/2014
former Tulelake businessman and WWII veteran
Farming tradition ends,
family says goodbye after 74 years,
farmer making his mark - Jason Flowers,
H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14.
Robert L. “Bob” Boring, 74, passed away
March 21, 2014, at his home in Klamath
Falls after a short but fierce battle
Drazil, Malin, Oregon, obituary.
A life on the farm and for the farm;
dies at age 60,
sheepman Jack O’Connor dies, H&N 11/8/13.
Roy Stern, formerly from Tulelake, died 4/9/13. "He
was most proud of his accomplishment being the crew chief of the SIXCAT Race
plane, which if it wins this year will set the record for most wins at the
Reno National Air Races. He rebuilt that plane from an AT–6 crop duster into
the race plane for Macy’s."
Erika DuVal's lost calf,
by Erika DuVal, young mother and cattle rancher 4/7/13. "...This morning
I had seen a coyote near the herd so the searching for him took on an extra
level of urgency...That parable took on new meaning tonight as I was out in
the cold wind looking for a lost calf..."
Allen Robison, Tulelake 1951-2013. (Includes the story of Tom's
Veteran and Tulelake 1949 homesteader James DeShon, 7/30/27 - 12/18/12
< (Tulelake) Pilot (Nick Macy) wins sixth (national) championship in Reno. "Nick Macy’s average of 247 mph breaks speed record," H&N posted to KBC 10/13/12
Terry, 1915 - 2012. KBC NOTE:
John was a WWII veteran who won a
Tulelake homestead. He defended his
country, then raised food for a
hungry nation. He participated in
Homesteading in a Promised Land.
He wrote a
letter to Congress in 2001 when
the federal government denied
Klamath farmers and ranchers their
Area resident Nellie Takacs
celebrates 105th birthday, H&N
1/22/12. KBC NOTE: In the
Homesteading in a Promised Land.
Nellie tells how she came to the
Klamath Basin in a covered wagon
when she was 3 years old.
Deerplay double gather for
Farmers Guardian, posted to KBC
Scrimgeour won the Deerplay
Double Gather Championship with
his prick-eared tri-coloured
smooth-coated bitch Fleece,
which was bred in the US by
Geri Byrne, and imported as
a youngster. Trained here, she
won one of the most prestigious
trials in England, after winning
the Deerplay Open last year.) KBC NOTE: Geri Byrne from
Tulelake, Calif, breeds, trains,
and participates in national and
international sheepdog trials,
and also has planned the
National Finals 3 times in the
Klamath Basin. Congratulations
life in focus. Menke’s photography
spurred international interest in
Klamath Basin wildlife refuges,
H&N, posted to KBC 5/16/11
Dave Menke helped create our Klamath
providing his wildlife photography
Thank you Dave.
Otto Schultz Jr, 1950-2011. In 2001 when
the feds shut off water to 1400 family
farmers, Earl approached me, the current KBC
News manager, and said the irrigators need a
website. Within a week his classmate Ron
DeShon built www.klamathbasincrisis.org Thanks a lot
Earl! This website has earned me many
enemies by exposing the truth and allowing
local and neighboring resource users a
voice, something we did not have before
2001. Happy Trails!
Herald and News: "David
L. Carman, who was born on Nov. 2, 1918, died on April 8,
2011. He was a World War II combat infantry veteran and a
1948 Tulelake homesteader. He was a good husband, father,
and grandfather, well read, a great conversationalist, and
an outspoken rugged individualist all the way to the end of
the line. A family memorial will be held in Chico, Calif.,
on Saturday, April 16."
for Carman's testimony on behalf of Klamath Basin
Veteran Homesteaders for Field Hearing July 17, 2004 in
Klamath Falls, Oregon.
HERE for the
4th of July - Memories, by David Carman
We will miss you Dave. Did we ever thank you for
your service to our country? And your friendship?
We hope to see you in God's Promised Land.
Takacs at 104: ‘Holy cow! I’m getting old!’
H&N, posted to KBC 1/16/11. "‘For
me it’s a great world. I have enjoyed my family.
I have enjoyed my friends. That’s the most
important thing, life. Life and living it."
(Nelle came to Klamath Basin by covered wagon
when she was 3)
An eye on Farming;
photography led to the launch of the
agricultural magazine Spudman,
H&N, posted to KBC 11/18/10
Mitchell Toelle obituary, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to
of farming, H&N, posted to KBC 12/4/09, Carleton
life of leisure;
Retirement suits LeQuieu just fine, H&N,
posted to KBC 6/6/09
TULELAKE - John Bowen: So
many decades on the land, Herald and News, posted to KBC
Tulelake Homesteaders - from
Our Greatest Generation, have
passed. Fred fought in WWII
defending his country; they
farmed the rest of their lives
to feed a hungry nation.
Fred Allen Robison
"After only 19 days of
separation, Fred Allen Robison
rejoined his sweetheart of 64
years. He died in his home"