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Mail Tribune 100

Feb. 25, 1918

NINE FEET OF SNOW AT CRATER NATIONAL PARK

Alexander Sparrow, supervisor of Crater Lake national park, arrived home Sunday night from his visit at the lake. He was gone eleven days and had a rather rough trip reaching and leaving the lake.

Mr. Sparrow reports that the snow is nine feet deep at the lake, seven feet deep at park headquarters, eight feet deep at the engineer's camp, and has attained a depth of 5 feet at the south entrance. He had to make a the trip from Fort Klamath on skis. Charles Barns and James Kirkpatrick of Fort Klamath accompanied him.

Most of the snow fell the past fortnight. the depth is only about one-half that usually found in that region at this time of the year, and besides, it is very loose and not packed down as in former years, which means that it will pass away earlier than usual and make an early opening of the park season.

Mr. Sparrow reports that he found H.F. Momyer, the park ranger, and its sole guardian and custodian in the winter season, in good health and spirits. Momyer's only relaxation from his lonely life is to play checkers with himself and dream of the good old summer time.

DRIVE TO INCREASE WAR GARDENS

A big drive to bring about the greatest acreage of war gardens possible in the state will be inaugurated in March under the auspices of the extension department of the O.A.C. and the government. To make arrangements for this drive in Jackson county, Paul O. Maris, state leader of county agricultural agents, spent Monday in the city.

Mr. Maris, who is making a preliminary war gardens tour of southern Oregon, and has just returned from Klamath Falls, spent the day in conference with C. C. Cate planning for the drive. He announced that the county arrangements will be in the hands of Mr. Cate, Home Demonstration Agent Anne McCormick, and the county agricultural council. The council will appoint special committees to look after the work in the cities and towns.