Oregon counties seceding from their dis-respective states and joining to
form a state more representative of its customs, culture and heritage.
No solution is perfect but the process of two states seceding from their
home states and joining to form a new state is outlined
in the Constitution of the United States of America.
I've had to move to a newer computer to make changes so we
will be in construction mode for a while. Change is a good thing - isn't
There have been many attempts
at finalizing a more logically instituted state, such as
Jefferson, but wars and rumors of wars have seemed to derail the
efforts. During the discussions of California statehood in
Monterey, California was left whole as part of the Missouri
Compromise so as not to create an imbalance of slave vs. free
states. The Civil War began a few years later.
Gable of Port Orford, Oregon sought to embarrass legislators in
California and Oregon into assisting the mountain border region
with better roads and bridges into areas with abundant timber and
mineral resources for economic and strategic military purposes.
He proposed Jefferson before it had a name. This was in 1941,
just before Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II.
was named in 1941 for Thomas Jefferson, the third president of
the United States. The proposed new, 49th at that time, state
was called Jefferson as a result of a contest run in the
Siskiyou Daily News in Yreka.
Gilbert Gable had sought to embarrass
his own state legislators by offering his county of Curry, in
southern Oregon, to the governor of California. Mr. Gable, being
a promoter, got his photo op's but was refused by the governor
and sent on his way. How he managed to light the spark of
rebellion in Yreka is speculation. Perhaps he stopped for gas
and a refreshment or stayed the night at the Yreka Inn and got
to talking with the right somebody.
Somehow, the idea of leaving
California to form new state with Curry county was welcomed by
the Yreka Chamber of Commerce and a few boys in the Yreka 20 /
30 club, a club for men in their 20's and 30's. In no time, the
local newspaper got on board. The Chamber of Commerce asked the
Siskiyou county Board of Supervisors for support and was awarded
$100 to look into the matter. All of these locals with time on
their hands made quick hay of the situation.
At some point in time, the news
of a patriotic rebellion hit the news wirs and the San Francisco
Chronicle sent a young reporter to Yreka to see what was going
on. He wrote a series of articles on the goings on. During his
stay, he got into the spirit with the locals and even came up
with his own ideas for making 'news' headlines. The news was
reported as far away as New York. His wife accompanied him on
the adventure. She is seen in some of the photographs and
newsreel footage as the driver or passenger getting stopped at
roadblocks and being handed the Jefferson 'Proclamation of
Under the Radar
trout eradication program - to save the frog
Beans and Bullion
Bill McGinnis, holding the
original Jefferson State Seal painted on a gold pan. The pan is
now located at the Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka.
The 2 X's symbolize the people
of southern Oregon and northern California being double-crossed
by legislators in Salem and Sacramento.