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Charles H. Fiock Writings, 1982 to 2010
- Fiock, Charles H.
- Charles H. Fiock Writings
- 1982 to 2010 (inclusive)19822010
- 2 linear feet of materials, (1 box and 1 binder)
- Collection Number
- SHL007 (collection)
- Charles H. Fiock documented his life, family history and the heritage of Shasta Valley, California and surrounding areas in several documents. The collection consists of Charles H. Fiock's writings: THE WAY IT WAS! (a hand-bound autobiography), Shasta Valley Review: Stories, Poetry, Commentary & Heritage (21 issues of a gazette with two compact discs), and The Old Globe (a hand-bound book to accompany a floor globe). The collection covers events dating from 1872 to 2008.
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries, Shaw Historical Library
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Charles H. Fiock was born September 24, 1924 and has lived in the Shasta Valley/Yreka, California area and Ashland, Oregon most of his life. His great-grandfather, George Fiock, Sr. was an early settler of Shasta Valley and involved in the Modoc Indian War of 1872-1873. Raised on a farm in Shasta Valley, Charles attended the Shasta River School for two years and then his family moved to Yreka.
Charles had difficulty adjusting to the Yreka School, and was wrongfully placed in a class for students with learning disabilities called the Opportunity Class. However, Principal George Littrell asked him to repaint and update an old globe as a hands-on method of learning. Charles spent the following three years (4th-6th grade) working on the globe. Years later the globe came back into Charles' possession and formed the basis for his writing, The Old Globe.
After graduating from high school, he attended San Mateo Junior College before being drafted into the Army in 1945. Charles trained at Camp Beale, California and Fort Hood, Texas. The war with Japan ended while he was in infantry training; however he served as part of the U.S. Occupation Forces in Japan.
Charles began working for the California Oregon Power Company in 1943, and after World War II he returned to work there for the next four decades. During this time, he married his wife June, raised a family of four children, and worked to make his many childhood dreams reality. In 1964 he moved to Ashland, Oregon.
Two of Charles Fiock's childhood dreams were 1) to learn to fly and 2) to build a large telescope. While in elementary school, Charles and his older brother Carl built a glider that was destroyed during a storm a few days before completion. Years later, at age twenty-four, he learned how to fly a plane. Charles designed the Yreka Observatory, built in 1962 with sponsorship by the Ros Neilon Post of the American Legion and a few anonymous donors. The observatory completed the project to build a large telescope that he had begun at age fourteen.
After retirement in the early 1980s Charles began documenting his life story, family history and regional heritage for family, friends and local organizations.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists of Charles H. Fiock's writings: THE WAY IT WAS! (a hand-bound autobiography), Shasta Valley Review: Stories, Poetry, Commentary & Heritage (21 issues of a gazette with two compact discs), and The Old Globe (a hand-bound book to accompany a floor globe). The collection covers events dating from 1872 to 2008.
THE WAY IT WAS! features stories from Charles Fiock's upbringing in Shasta Valley, California, illustrated with his watercolor drawings.
The Shasta Valley Review: Stories, Poetry, Commentary & Heritage is a series of 21 issues covering Charles H. Fiock’s life and Fiock family history, with a strong emphasis on the history of Shasta Valley, California and the surrounding area. Other topics include regional history, farming equipment, World War II, Modoc Indians, the Modoc War (1872-1873), Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland, airplanes, bridges of Shasta River, Howard’s Wall, and Schlicht Flour Mill.
The Shasta Valley Review contains much of what is in THE WAY IT WAS! plus additional information on Charles Fiock’s life, heritage, public art, stories and poems that were voluntarily submitted by others for publication. One compact disc contains issues #1-16. The second compact disc contains issue #17.
Charles Fiock wrote The Old Globe to inspire elementary school students. It describes his elementary school struggles and his opportunity to repair an old globe, a learning experience which helped him succeed in school and in later life. Information on the Analemma is also included.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Charles H. Fiock requires that permission to reproduce any parts of the collection be granted by him. Copyright of the items in this collection is retained by the author, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
[item identification], Charles H. Fiock Writings, The Shaw Historical Library, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
THE WAY IT WAS!
The Old Globe
Shasta Valley Review: Stories, Poetry, Commentary & Heritage
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Modoc Indians -- Wars, 1873
- Fiock, Charles H.--Archives
- Fiock, George, 1823-1891
- Shasta Valley (Calif.)
- Yreka (Calif.)