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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 29, 1920

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

Sept. 29, 1920


R. C. Maddock, altho he is an experienced mountaineer, will not forget for a long time his arduous experiences in the recent big snow storm in the Crater lake country.

He is the boat tender at the lake and about three weeks ago he left on a hunting trip in the Umpqua section. On reaching Diamond lake he cached the bulk of his food supplies there and continued on to the north branch of the Umpqua. Arriving there he saw the storm coming up and started at once to try and hotfoot it back to Crater lake.

On reaching Diamond lake he found that the bears had broken into his cache and eaten everything but a can of tobacco. The snow was deep there.

Fortunately he found a couple of boards out of which he fashioned a pair of skiis and started again for Crater lake, 20 miles away over the snow, which en route measured from hip deep to over his head. This hike took him 3 1/2 days and he arrived at Crater lake last Monday night almost in a state of utter exhaustion, having had nothing to eat for 11 days except fish and venison, too much of which is not relished by a cold, wet, hungry, and extremely tired man.


The snow has gone at Crater lake, the weather there is fine and the going good clear to the lodge, is the word brought back to Medford last night by Leonard Woodward, driver of one of the stages.

At the time he left the lake Tuesday morning there was only six inches of snow at the government headquarters and the snow was melting so fast that he says all trace of it would be gone by night. There are no guests at the lodge, but two women who arrived in the city this morning went up in this forenoon’s stage.

The season comes to an end officially on Friday, October 1, and all the help at the lodge had planned to leave that day, but Alfred L. Parkhurst who arrived in the city this morning from Portland gave orders for sufficient help to remain to care for the national park to park touring party, which is expected to arrive at the lake Friday or Saturday. Mr. Parkhurst will return to Portland tonight, but expects to be back Sunday.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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