2017 – October- 07 Great great grandson of Superintendent Arant

Dominic Freeman, the great great grandson of William F. Arant, Crater Lake’s first superintendent, was on my bus today for a field trip to CLNP from Lone Pine School in Medford. 1902 – 1913.

William Steel, the Park’s second superintendent, worked to have Arant fired so he could take his job.

Arant, super from 1902 – 1913.

July 22    1913        Goodbye Bridge, so named by U.S. Marshal Leslie M. Scott because it was the last piece of work in the Park completed by W.F. Arant, the “retiring” Superintendent, under contract to his brother.  So it was, “Goodbye” to Superintendent Arant.

I stopped the busses at Goodbye Creek, so I could get a photo of Dominic next to the bridge named after his great great grandfather.

July 21                      1913        Former Superintendent Arant, after being fired, refuses to vacate his Annie Spring office.  U.S. Marshals are called in to forcibly remove the Arants.  Personal property is thrown out onto the ground.  “I would like to see somebody try to remove me from my own home.” said Arant, but in less than a minute he was passed through two doors and landed in the front yard.  He returned immediately and was again ejected.  Marshal Scott removed some of Arant’s personal effects and files, and ushered in Will Steel.  Arant then headed for Klamath Falls and returned with his lawyer and several friends.  Seeing himself outnumbered, Marshal Scott deputized a force of men working in the Park. The Marshals retreat after Mrs. Arant takes to her bed in the Superintendent’s house.  They do not want to dislodge a possibly sick woman.

After physically removing Arant for the 7th or 8th time, Marshal Scott locks the office doors and Will Steel takes possession of the desk and government papers.  (S.O.H.S.)

July 21                      1913        Former Superintendent Arant, after being fired, refuses to vacate his Annie Spring office.  U.S. Marshals are called in to forcibly remove the Arants.  Personal property is thrown out onto the ground.  “I would like to see somebody try to remove me from my own home.” said Arant, but in less than a minute he was passed through two doors and landed in the front yard.  He returned immediately and was again ejected.  Marshal Scott removed some of Arant’s personal effects and files, and ushered in Will Steel.  Arant then headed for Klamath Falls and returned with his lawyer and several friends.  Seeing himself outnumbered, Marshal Scott deputized a force of men working in the Park. The Marshals retreat after Mrs. Arant takes to her bed in the Superintendent’s house.  They do not want to dislodge a possibly sick woman.

After physically removing Arant for the 7th or 8th time, Marshal Scott locks the office doors and Will Steel takes possession of the desk and government papers.  (S.O.H.S.)

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