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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 24, 1921

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

Aug. 24, 1921


Crater Lake, Aug. 24.— (Special Courier Service) In the midst of the usual entertainment at Crater Lake lodge at 9:30 o’clock last night and while E. O. McCormick, vice president of the Southern Pacific, was delivering a humorous address on two large rainbow trout he caught at Diamond lake yesterday afternoon, Manager Tengwald walked through the lobby shouting “Everybody walk out of the hotel quietly at once.”

The 150 guests and visitors quickly sensed danger and hurried outside to find apparently the roof of the north end of the lodge on fire. There was no panic or disorder, but there was much suppressed excitement.

The guests at once hurried back to their rooms in the hotel to carry out their belongings. In a half hour all danger was past, the guests reassembled in the lobby and Mr. McCormick resumed his speech.

The scare was caused by the burning out of the big outside fireplace flue. The fire was discovered by campers and reported. Immediately all the male employees of the hotel, Superintendent Sparrow and Peter Ord, national park ranger, armed with fire extinguishers and a hose fought down the blaze under Sparrow’s direction and kept the flames from spreading to the walls and roof of the hotel.

It seems that the wooden form inside the fireplace chimney used by the masons in building the chimney years ago, had never been removed, and although the fireplace had been used a number of times since, none of these fires had been hot enough to ignite the wooden form until last night. The damage caused was slight.

The Fall-Mather-McCormick party departed for Medford this forenoon, under escort of Vernon Vawter and Ben Sheldon, and will depart in McCormick’s private car on the evening train for Portland. They will arrive in Medford about 4:30.


A combination of genius was formed in this city Tuesday, when John W. Johnson, the jeweler, and A. H. (Shorty) Miller formed a syndicate to write short stories, Johnson to furnish the plots, and Miller to weave the same into proper form. Mr. Johnson has a world of plots an situations, and Mr. Miller throws a clever pen when the mood is on him. Just when the first story will be published is not known, but they will proceed to their new work serene in the face of the well known fact that the best stories are never published.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com