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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 4, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Feb. 4, 1920


Portland, Feb. 5 — The committee of the Portland chamber of commerce on scenic highway protection today accepted an invitation from the National Parks association of Seattle to join in a state-wide campaign of education during the week of May 23-29 in an effort to prevent forest fires during the season of 1920.

The movement will be directed to education of the public in having tourists and campers avoid marring scenery by carelessness. The fire prevention work will be heralded by the slogan adopted by the Seattle association: “Let’s have a smokeless summer.”


If no more snow falls in the Crater Lake region the tourist season there will be open by June 1 and there will be forest fire fighting there by then, was the prediction uttered by Alex Sparrow, superintendent of Crater Lake national park, who returned last night from a visit to the lake.

He states that there is only 3 1/2 feet of snow at the park headquarters and but a foot more at the rim of the lake, which is all old snow and packed down pretty hard, and is less than one-half the usual depth at this time of year. “However, I am told that in years gone by several times there was but a similar depth of snow at the lake, which was built up to normal by the snowfall of February and March or later,” said Mr. Sparrow.

“And if much more snow don’t fall in the Crater lake and other mountainous regions which supply the Rogue river and smaller streams with water, there will be a bad crimp put in existing irrigations systems both on this and the other side of the mountains, and the people on irrigation projects are considerably worried over the situation and hoping that the mountain snow fall will be brought to normal,” continued Mr. Sparrow.

It takes just seven days from here now to go to Crater Lake and return by way of Klamath Falls and Fort Klamath without losing a moment’s time. Superintendent Sparrow’s primary object in visiting the lake was to see that no one had swiped it during the winter season and to see that the forest ranger on duty there was changed. Herman F. Brown, ranger who had been on duty since fall, was brought out, and his duties were assumed by the veteran ranger, H. E. Momyer, who will look after Crater national park the rest of the winter season.

“If I kept one man there all during the winter season he would soon go clean bughouse with lonesomeness,” said Mr. Sparrow. Ranger Brown, the younger man is kept on duty in the hardest part of the winter, which is theoretically over by Feb. 1st, and Mr. Momyer is the sole guardian the rest of the winter season.

Everything was found in apple pie order at the lake by Mr. Sparrow.

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