Underground power cables are installed between Headquarters and
the Rim Village. They last for the next 23 years. (See: August
The Superintendent reports that: “It is important to finalize
plans to move headquarters to South Boundary”. This move was
planned for and talked about for years, but nothing definite was
The Crater Lake freezes over for three months. A long period of
abnormally low temperatures forced the upper water strata of the
lake down to freezing. Ice first appeared around the shorelines
and gradually grew towards the center of the Lake. After the
surface was solid, heavy snowfalls deposited four feet of snow
on the 2 to 12 inches of ice.
Dr. Ruhle, C.R. Fitzgerald, Jim Kilburn (Park electrician, 3027
Muller Street, Redwood City, California 94061) and two others
walk on the frozen Lake, over to Wizard Island. The only men to
do so. The ice cracked and made grinding noises as the men were
walking on it. Wayne Howell, Asst. Superintendent said the men
were “nuts” for having walked on the frozen Lake and for having
put themselves into such personal danger.
The men had attempted to bring snowshoes with them, but the
steep decent down the inner rim forced them to abandon the
snowshoes. Some of the party returned the way they came,
directly back to the Rim while one member of the expedition
crossed Skell Channel and hugged the Western shore on his return
Elva G. Varnum is appointed the Park’s ninth postmaster, a job
she held for 20 years.
Lodge concession begins daily bus service to Medford.
A private school is organized for the school age children living
in the Park.
Fatal auto accident, with one injured critically.
Elmer I. Applegate, 82, grandson of famed Oregon pioneer,
Lindsay Applegate, dies. Dr. Applegate established the herbarium
at Crater Lake and conducted the first major studies of the
Park’s flora. Elmer held honorary degrees from Stanford and
other schools because of his contribution to the field of
botany. His papers and collections were left to Stanford.
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