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Klamath history photo — Sixth and Commercial streets

Klamath County Museum

100 years ago

There is no question about the fact that things are in a sad state in this community. When Postmaster W.A. Delzell is too busy with his business to stop and champion the cause of the democratic party, and to return the jibes of his political opponents regarding “Wilson’s time,” etc., conditions have surely reached an unprecedented stage.

The following correspondence between R. A. Emmitt and the postmaster serves to illustrate the situation:

To W. A. Delzell:

My Dear Democratic Postmaster: My former address was 818 Oak street, and my new address is 517 Pine street. Would be pleased to have your employes deliver my mail at the latter place about 10 a.m. each day – God’s time, not Wilson’s. My reason for moving is that it cost me $15 a month to stay, and it only cost $7.50 to move.

In case you refuse this little favor that I insist upon, I shall still continue to vote the republican ticket and endeavor to persuade all my descendents to do the same.

Very kindly and respectfully yours, R. A. EMMITT


Our carrier has noted your advice of recent date.

Your mail will go to Pine street, in the box at your front gate;

But whether in the morning or at the day’s chill end

The Oregonian comes to you will very much depend

On how the “Fluey” leaves our force, which now is short by five,

And all declare they’re weak as cats, and only half alive.

So whether you vote G. O. P., or wet, or dry as bone

Don’t raise a hair on my gray head – Gad! I’ve troubles of my own.


— Evening Herald, Nov. 29, 1918

50 years ago

The fourth meeting in a series of six for the Scottish Rite Fall Reunion will be held at the group’s Temple, 632 Walnut Avenue, Tuesday when the first three apartments of the 13th degree will be exemplified.

The first apartment, “The Warning,” will begin at 7:30 p.m., and be exemplified by Bruce H. Hudson, V.T. Kit Johnson, Vane M. Caley and Franklin W. Elzner.

The second apartment, “The Sacrifice,” put on by Fred J. Dallas, Thomas L. Crutchfield and Gary E. Robertson, will follow.

The final apartment will be “The Judgment,” and is produced by Benjamin F. Douglass, Oliver E. Moen, Hans B. Norland, with the judges being Louis Fritsch, Arthur D. Howell, Dennis E. Depuy, John A. Hardin, Ernest E. Wallin and Thomas L. Crutchfield.

— Herald and News, Nov. 25, 1968

25 years ago

The kickoff of the Christmas shopping season coincides with the kickoff of the giving season and the beginning of the Salvation Army’s giving kettles.

Giving kettles are in 10 locations throughout the Klamath Falls shopping area, according to Salvation Army Capt. Ben LaBarge. Most locations are manned from noon to 6 p.m., some by volunteers, others by temporary employees of the Salvation Army.

Dr. Jon McKellar and his wife, Susan, volunteered after LaBarge made his annual appeal for volunteer bell ringers several years ago. In the McKellar’s case, LaBarge got more than he bargained for.

The couple rang the bells together until a bell of an idea rang in Susan’s head.

“One year Susan decided to dress in period costume, and it really took off,” her husband explained.

The McKellars not only dress in period costume, they also sing traditional Christmas carols and play recorders to accompany themselves.

A regular performer in local productions, Susan McKellar is able to provide her own period costume to lend authenticity to her volunteer bell-ringing activities.

— Herald and News, Nov. 29, 1993

10 years ago

Third-grader Spencer de Vries doesn’t know any children in Africa, but he’s concerned about their welfare.

The Roosevelt Elementary School student read in a classroom magazine, National Geographic Explorer, that every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria.

The boy decided to sell crayons to raise money for a nonprofit group – Malaria No More – that provides bed nets to those in mosquito-infested countries.

But Spencer, a student in Lesly Harmon’s class, didn’t sell new crayons. Instead, he took discarded ones, removed the paper, and broke them into small pieces. Then he put the pieces into his mother’s muffin tin and heated them in the stove.

The result was multi-colored crayons in the shape of hearts, pumpkins and gingerbread men. They were a hit with kids at Roosevelt, who snatched up every crayon in sight last week during a five-day sale in the school hallway.

The crayon shapes cost 25 cents apiece, or five for $1. Spencer averaged a little more than $100 per day in sales, all of which will go to Malaria No More.

— Herald and News, Nov. 26, 2008