Death of Steven Mather, first director of the National Park
Man from Illinois applies for a job as the Captain of the
Chief Ranger Godfrey reports that last Friday night was so cold
the surface of the Lake froze over with ice, a rare occurrence
and the snow throughout the Park froze into a solid ice
mass. “This is the third time in the past 10 years that the lake
has frozen.” A morning breeze the next day started the water to
moving and broke up the thin ice.
Emil Nordeen comes within 34 seconds of winning the Ft. Klamath
to Crater Lake ski cup.
Ranger Rudy Luech, 25, claims to be the first person to ski
around Crater Lake in one day. (see: April, 1985)
Former Lodge operator and owner, Parkhurst, dies in Portland.
The earliest a car has ever reached the Rim of Crater Lake, due
to the work of a new snow plow.
Dr. Wiggam, of Stanford University and Professor Poutney of
Humboldt College sight a large timber wolf walking leisurely
along the edge of a median above Headquarter, carrying a marmot
it his mouth.
“From time to time reports having come to us of wolves being
seen in various parts of the park. Owing to the vagueness of the
descriptions of the animals seen, and the uncertainty of the
authenticity of their source, little credence has been placed in
About the middle of June, a report of a wolf came to us which
could not be doubted. Dr. Wiggam, Curator of the Dudely
Herbarium at Stanford University and Professor Poultney, head of
the Science Department at the Humboldt State Teacher’s College
were closing field work in a meadow just above Park
Headquarters, when a large timber wolf walked leisurely along
the edge of the meadow carrying a marmot in his mouth, and owing
to their scientific training and experience, no doubt can be
entertained but that the animal seen was really a wolf. This may
be regarded as the first authentic record of a wolf being seen
in the park since the Educational Division began operation here
in the season of 1928.”
Weather station relocated from Rim Village to Park Headquarters
with an elevation of 6,475 feet. Here records have been fairly
continuous with only brief periods of missing observations,
except during W.W. II when most of the Park’s activities were
President Hoover announces plans to visit Crater Lake and other
Fire crew responds to minor building fire. Old Lake Trail (The
Sparrow Trail) located behind the Lodge is closed.
Sales of the Crater Lake ash trays are growing in volume. The
receptacles are made of the famous Lake’s pumice and are
embossed and present a very desirable souvenir of Oregon’s
marvel. It is reported that tourists, seeing the ash trays on
display at the Chamber of Commerce building in Medford, often
draw up to the curb and make a purchase.
Thirty men are hired to work on insect infested trees.
Former Superintendent and Mrs. Arant of Ashland, visit Crater
Lake for the first time since Mr. Arant’s violent firing in
The Park’s post office is established in the Lodge.
10,000 lodgepole pines are treated for pin beetle kill. New axe
record set. Two woodsmen, Bob Mayhue and Bill Montgomery fall
139 lodgepole pines in less than 7 hours
Celebration held honoring the 45th anniversary of W. G. Steel’s
first visit to Crater Lake. Steel said, “I have accomplished
that which I set out to do, and now I am very happy.”
Beaumont DeLosh dies of a heart attack while climbing up the
The Park Superintendent and staff conduct extensive survey
around the Rim looking for sites to be considered for possible
erections of observation stations.
Congress to appropriate $1,000 to purchase the Steel Scrapbooks
consisting of nine volumes. Steel’s Scrapbooks and hobby of
collecting place names now contain 57,800 names and weighs 600
pounds. Steel spends one hour each day working on his trivia
Large numbers of California Tortoise Shell Butterflies noted in
the Park, especially on the East side. 3,000 Rainbow Trout and
7,500 Silver Salmon liberated in the Lake. Six major fires burn
William Steel’s 76th birthday. “Blundering through this
wilderness of sin and corruption, tasting of its wickedness,
forgetting my duty to God and man, striving to catch bubbles of
pleasure and the praise of men, guilty of many transgressions, I
now look back on this my 76th birthday, and my heart bounds with
joy and gladness, for I realize that I have been the cause of
opening up this wonderful lake for the pleasure of mankind,
millions of whom will come and enjoy it and unborn generations
will profit by its glories. Money knows no charm like this and I
am the favored one. Why should I not be happy?” William
Slight earthquake felt.
Chief Ranger William Godfrey dies near Pole Bridge Creek after
attempting to travel by foot from the South Entrance to Annie
Spring, in a snow storm, after his car became mired in a snow
drift. He left a wife and three children. A search party found
him alive, but he died soon after his rescue. “Garden of the
Gods” was changed to “Godfrey Glen”.
The following oral story was told to the authors by former CLNP
ranger, Rudolph Luech, 88, May 16, 1992. Thirty inches of snow
had fallen during the month, trapping a number of winter
visitors and knocking down the phone lines into the Park. Chief
Ranger Godfrey, in an effort to find out how everyone was doing,
drove from K.Falls to the West Entrance, but found the road
blocked by snow. The Chief then drove back around to the South
Entrance and spent the night in his car. Early in the morning of
the 17th Mr. Godfrey called the phone operator at Ft. Klamath
from a nearby phone informing her of his decision to ski into
the Park in hopes of meeting a snowplow. Meanwhile Ranger Luech,
after learning that most of the trapped visitors were from
Medford, directed the snow plow to open the West Road. Upon
returning to the Annie Springs Checking Station, Luech checks
the phone and finds the lines repaired. The Ft. K operator
informs Rudy that the Chief was in the process of skiing into
the Park. Since Godfrey hadn’t arrived a search party was
organized. The group, led by Rudy, found Godfrey around 11 p.m.
The Chief only lasted a few minutes before dying in Luech’s
arms, probably of hypothermia.
Lodge loses $2,000 for the year. $10,000 spent on
Overlook, completing its construction for a total budget of
William Steel spends most of his time during the summers,
sitting and visiting with staff and visitors in the Headquarters
area. His wife was a small, devoted, and sweet mannered
lady. The Steels most likely spent their last year or so in one
of the lower stonehouses. Judge Steel was highly revered and
honored by the park staff. Of the uniformed staff - Steel was
the only one to wear long pants; the rest of the staff wore
breeches and riding boots.
Season Visitation: 157,693