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Klamath history photo — Pelican Bay Lumber

Klamath County Museum

100 years ago

There is an old saying that talk is cheap. This rule may work out in certain instances but the man who originated the remark had better keep around in the alley for the next day or two until the clouds roll away and the public is advised to go easy with Justice N. J. Chapman until the first effects of the joke have worn off. The fact is that a good one has been hung over on this official and he has found to his cost that enterprising young ladies sometimes get back on their friends for joshing remarks with expensive consequences.

Miss Ada McCanna has been a waitress at the Rex Café for some time, and on occasions when Justice Chapman sat at her table he was wont to offer her sound advice regarding matrimonial ventures and endeavor to picture for her the great happiness which might be hers, in a little home of her own.

Her encouragement was so strong for this move on her part that he offered in a reckless moment to perform any nuptial ceremony in which she was a contracting party without cost and to foot the bill of whatever was ordered at the wedding repast beside. He paid little thought afterward to this conversation and what was his surprise yesterday afternoon on seeing the young lady march in the office accompanied by an attractive young man with the announcement that she had come to accept his offer. The justice was floored, but he saw the treats were on him and went ahead according to form and the knot was as firmly tied which united Miss Ada McCanna and William Stincel as he could possibly make it.

— Evening Herald, Feb. 7, 1919

50 years ago

One of the unfathomable mysteries of local lakes and streams may come nearer to being resolved after the ice breaks on Upper Klamath Lake next spring when fish biologists begin a quest to seek some of the 200 white sturgeon which were stocked in the watershed nearly 20 years ago.

Other than a 6-foot specimen of the shiny-plated bottom feeder caught on the Klamath River about two summers ago, the transplanted species appears to have vanished from the watershed. Occasionally, sportsmen have reported sighting sturgeon along parts of the Klamath River but these reports are unconfirmed and the singular incident of two years ago remains the only such catch among the records of Wendell Stout, Oregon State Game Commission fish biologist.

Stout maintains that the sturgeon ranks with other fish as one of the most delectable table fares in existence and believes that the unique species, which attains weights up to 1,000 pounds, would be a valuable addition to the Klamath River fishery.

Its ancestry dates more than 300 million years into the past, as attested by the species’ sucking-type mouth and plate-like scales which were common to creatures of the Devonian periods in the Paleozoic era.

— Herald and News, Feb. 6, 1969

25 years ago

Jim Evans never had a chance not to love the outdoors.

He spent his early childhood in Yosemite National Park, where his father worked as a ranger. At age 10, Evans moved to Crater Lake National Park when his father became chief ranger there.

As an adult, he lived for a while in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and developed a fondness for kayaking the upper Colorado River.

Now the 43-year-old father of two is combining his appreciation of nature and enjoyment of woodworking to produce a new career. On Monday, he officially turns his part-time restoration venture, Liberty Boats, into a full-time career.

Evans builds canoes and other types of boats from plans, as well as restoring boats that have begun to show their age.

The canoes are made of cedar strips, while Evans will make drift boats of marine plywood.

Evans built his first kayak at age 18 because he couldn’t afford to buy one. He said it’s a satisfying feeling to be “in the water in a boat you made yourself, and you realize it’s probably better than what you could buy in a store.”

— Herald and News, Feb. 6, 1994

10 years ago

After six seasons entertaining Oregon Tech basketball fans at Danny Miles Court and in Branson, Mo., Hootie the Owl has retired and has handed over mascot duties to Tanya Ginistar.

Dean McHugh, a captain based at Kingsley Field, has opted to step aside from dancing with game officials, sitting on the laps of fans and trying to keep OIT fans hooting for the local team.

“I’m retired, except for Branson,” he said of traveling to the site of the NAIA Division II men’s basketball tournament, where Hootie is a favorite of area children bused to afternoon tournament games.

— Herald and News, Feb. 5, 2009