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Page Two The OBSIDIAN
Member Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs
Associate Member Pacific National Ski Association
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pres. --------------------------------- Louis Waldorf
Vice-Pres. --------------------------- Tony Vogel
Sec. ------------------------ Minnie McCracken
Treas. --------------------------- Blanche Osborn
Elizabeth Gullion, Minnie McCracken, Blanche Osborn, Doris Sims, Ray Sims, Margaret Thompson.
By Louis Waldorf
Through the efforts of men who are much more foresighted than most of us, a few places have been set aside in the National Forests of the United States as “Primitive Areas.” There are two such areas in the whole Cascade Range of Oregon.
The first of these two to be so designated is Mt. Jefferson Primitive Area. Not to our knowledge has Nature created a more beautiful valley than Jefferson Park with its riot of color and variety of wild flowers.
The second was the Three Sisters Primitive Area. Set aside only a few years ago to be preserved for all time so far as possible, just as Nature created it, allowing no logging of timber or taking from it no natural features and without the addition of any man-made things other than trails and rustic shelters. To this area, over fifty thousand acres were added last year.
This last area was created largely through the efforts of Perry A. Thompson, former supervisor of the Willamette National Forest, upon the original recommendation of the Obsidians. Mr. Thompson is one of the fairest, most clear-thinking, sincere, real conservationists in the United States today.
Those of us who have travelled the high-ways and trails of Oregon for a decade or two realize at what an increasing pace roads, developments, auto-camps, man-made “Parks”, etc. have been shoved up into our wilderness country until there are few places left that they have not penetrated. Let these few places be preserved to posterity and for the benefit of the increasing numbers who appreciate Nature unspoiled and enjoy these places from the vantage point of only a foot trail.
It is the remoteness and the flowers that give Jefferson Park its allurement. And so it is with Linton Meadows and other beauty spots along the Skyline Trail in the Three Sisters Area. Put in man-made developments and that allurement and beauty are gone!
Let us, as Obsidians, not be the first ones to ask that roads and concessions be placed in them; but do everything in our power to see that these Primitive Areas are kept inviolate; free from roads, highways, concessions, auto camps or developed parks!
Let’s all get behind this dance the Juniors are sponsoring and make a go of it, and send their ski team to the Oregon Junior Championship Meet at Bend, next month. For it only costs the price of a show, and you wouldn’t win the Bank award anyway.
And also, there is a ski-meet at Hoodoo ski bowl on January 29. Why not enter, and let the outside world know there are Junior Obsidian skiers?
When you are up at Hood for the Winter Outing, wear your emblems and let everyone know there is a ski club just itching for a meet down at Eugene.
And too, if you just knew the fun at these Winter Outings at Mt. Hood, you’d certainly hurry down and add your name to the long list now going, because the more the merrier.
And it’s terribly reasonable.
W. “K”. C.
NEW YEAR’S PARTY
To Schottische, Polka, and modern tunes, nearly sixty Obsidians and their friends danced in the new year. Once more Belknap Springs Hotel proved to be the ideal scene for the festivities.
Confetti, horns, and other noise-makers, dispensed by social chairman, Eileen Baker and her assistants, warned the merrymakers that the midnight hour approached, so 1939 was met with the customary clamor.
A midnight lunch of hot chocolate, coffee and sandwiches sustained the crowd until they retired.
Following skiing at Hand Lake on New Year’s Day, turkey dinner was served to eighty Obsidians.
The dancing of the second evening was interspersed with games, readings, and an impromptu liars’ contest, in place of the regularly scheduled one on New Year’s Eve. Several Obsidians proved that they could tell tall tales with no previous preparation; and to our distinguished president, Louis Waldorf, went the Horsefeather Trophy for 1939, for having told the biggest yarn.
Another day of skiing, dancing, swimming and eating, ended the party and it was only 363 days until the next Obsidian New Year’s Party!
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