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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 2, 1921

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

Sept. 2, 1921


The time has now come to expose a hoax on the general public in Crater National park, which has been carried on for years. Thousands of tourists and many Medford and valley people have during that time gazed with awe on the so-called petrified lady, sometimes referred to as the Lady of the Woods, or the Mysterious Stone Lady.

This season the figure of the woman in stone has attracted more attention from Crater Lake visitors than usual, so much so that two weeks ago Superintendent Alex Sparrow had to put up signs guiding all visitors to the location of the image in the woods a few hundred feet back of the government camp kitchen and dining room, a mile this side of Crater Lake. All these years Sparrow, Will G. Steele, national park employees and a few Medford men in the secret have been quietly laughing at the curiosity which the mysterious lady inspired. The lady herself must have had many a snicker at the gullible onlookers.

The truth is that she is no petrified lady at all, she is not one of the mysteries of that mysterious Crater Lake region, she is not of antique age. She is just an excellent carving out of a huge stone boulder.

This work of art was done by Dr. Earl R. Bush of the United States Health Bureau, and now said to be located in Cincinnati, when he was attached as physician to the U. S. engineers party working in that section in 1917. He chiseled the figure out in his spare time with tools made by the party’s blacksmith. It took him six weeks to carve out the lifelike figure in the hard granite boulder.


Medford merchants are to meet this evening at the Chamber of Commerce rooms to consider the advisability of organizing themselves into a bureau of the chamber for the purpose of advancing the commercial possibilities of Medford.

There has been a general feeling among the residents of this locality that Medford merchants should get together and make an organized effort toward making this city the best town in Southern Oregon in which to shop. Medford already bears the reputation of being the most important city commercially, but further advancement along this line cannot be made without a concerted action on the part of all of the men in business int his city.

The meeting this evening will be held at 8 o’clock.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com