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ECV® CHAPTER 1841

HISTRORIANS REPORT

OUTPOST #1841

December 20, 2011

A Clamper Christmas

    Winter came early in 1882 and froze everything, then ten feet of snow before Christmas, then the week before Christmas it warmed up, the snow melted, it rained, and flooded places that had never been flooded before and wiping out Downieville on the northern fork of the Yuba River. Neighboring towns loaded wagons with deer, ham, turkey and proceeded up the canyon across muddy river crossings to get it all, including a decorated Christmas tree from Marysville, so, men in red shirts took Christmas to Downieville on their own, out of their own pockets, because they were brothers.

    And so, the question is: Would you suffer three days of hardship to take Christmas to your brothers? Are you carved from the same stock? You should be!

Reported by,

Brother Don "Peanut Butter" Breeland, well known Historian Extraordinaire