This site is dedicated to ECV Downie Chapter #1849's pontifications on California's golden history.

Birthplace and Cradle of Clamperdum


Blow the Hewgag
HISTORY Threatened in Forest City!

The Historic Dance Hall



Please pass this message along to all Brothers in Clamperdum.
A Message to all Brothers from NGH Phil Smith Downie Chapter #1849

I talked to Cheryl Durrett (Forest City Historical Association) this morning (late Feb.).
  These are the facts about the Historic Dance Hall.
The Pictures look  worse than it is. Part of the front facade came off from the right french door to the right side of the building, both stories. The roof looks fine. The Forest Service has always allowed them to make minor repairs, which they are going to do. Right now they are securing  and moving interior items into the museum. XNGH Glenn Sundstrom has put wood over the tarps to protect the hall during the next anticipated storms. The plan will be to frame the damaged area and get old wood for the outside. The big need will be in approximately 45 days, (mid-April). At that time they will need a work party to make repairs. Cheryl says she will keep me updated. When I have updates I will pass this information on to post on our website When the date of the work day is known I will inform all of you.
If you want to make a donation to preserve history, please send it to:

FCHA 202 Main St  Forest City, Ca 95910.  Make checks payable to FCHA.

Cheryl wants everyone to know the response they have received just warms her heart.

Next Chapter Board Meeting - Noon - April 8th, 2017
Saturday @ Dew Drop Inn - Grass Valley

Downie Chapter Historical Archives
Read about our Chapter's history that precedes Carl Wheat!
See examples of Clamper memorabilia, a working Stamp Mill, the blunder-busket,
Sword of Justice, Adam Lee Moore, the 1st woman clamper and more...

Chapter 1849 Events - 2017

Widder's Ball - May 13th, 2017 - Grass Valley Grange Hall 
Spring Doins - June 16-18, 2017 - Forest City
Fall Doins - August 25-27, 2017 - Downieville
Candle Light Doins - November 11th, 2017 - Downieville

Major William Downie Chapter 1849
Nobel Grand Humbug 2016-2017
Philip Smith

Major William Downie Chapter 1849 Recommendations / Favorites

Come to Downieville to recreate the rush - as in Gold Rush!!!
Vacation Rental
Major Downie Quarters - a historic location available in Downieville, visit-

For history and libations in a authentic thirst parlor try-
St. Charles Place - Downieville
For a great night's sleep overlooking the river try-
The Riverside Inn - Downieville

Away from the Diggins?

When in San Francisco visit our Watering Hole #5
The Connection Bar  5740 Mission St.  S.F.  415-334-6172

Near Vacaville on Hwy80 - Watering Hole #6

Hide-A-Away Lounge & Grill  1080 Orange Dr. Vacaville
Lots of folks don’t know what to make of the Clampers today, but Carl Wheat, one of the founders of the revived Order back in the thirties, put it well when he described E Clampus Vitus as "the comic strip on the page of California history"

  Ssh - site is always under construction!
Easy to remember... hard to forget
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  all chapter photo contributions welcome