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September, 1944 The OBSIDIAN Page Three
Local Walks June, July, August By FRANK SIPE
Local walks trips for June, July and August have been surprisingly successful, only one trip failing to be held because of lack of patronage. During this time Obsidians and their friends explored the Mohawk Hills, bicycled (and motored) to Coburg Bridge for a picnic, climbed through the cool woods by forest trail to the magnificient lookout of Hardesty Mountain, picnicked again at Seavy’s, climbed the Middle Sister, and rediscovered the beautiful Rosary Lakes near Odell Lake.
Three work trips into the Willamette National Forest were held during this period. The Forest Service furnished the transportation, and the Obsidians furnished the labor for rehabilitating forest camps. The following camps were worked on: River’s Edge, Shady Dell, Trout Creek, and Big Lake. A fine turn out was had for the first two trips; the Big Lake trip, unfortunately, was not so well attended. The Obsidians are very grateful to the Forest Service for these opportunities to assist in maintaining the recreational facilities in the Cascades.
Cy Fulton, one of our brand new members, was very seriously injured shortly after returning from his vacation, when a car smashed into the one that he was driving. He is no longer confined to the hospital but he is still far from well. His car was completely wrecked, it is said.
Ruth Hopson’s thesis has almost become an Obsidian project, so many have had a hand in it. So everyone will be glad to learn that it is nearing completion. Ruth has collected over 800 flowers. Did you know there were that many varieties in the McKinzie valley? She has also taken innumerable notes on animal life, and we don’t mean salamanders only, and yards or is it miles of pictures. She is beginning the writing now. It looks to us as though it would be a volume the size of the Encyclopedia Brittanica when finished. We think she plans on scaring the examining board into giving her that degree.
Oregon Trail Council, Inc.
Boy Scouts of America
Aug. 24, 1944
Mr. Ray Boals
Dear Mr. Boals:
Permit me to express my appreciation and that of the Oregon Trail Council for the kind interest in our hiking program taken this past summer by the Obsidians. We had a very successful season and without a doubt, the high spots of the Summer were the three trips up the Middle Sister.
We wish to express our thanks to Mr. Ray Sims, Percy Brown. Bob Lemon, and Elmer McBee who led the various trips. The certificates which you made available were greatly appreciated by the boys who received them.
K. A. Wells
United State Department of Agriculture
Willamette National Forest
Recreation Lowell, Oregon
Maintenance Forest Camps
June 21, 1944
Dear Mr. Boals:
Regarding the excellent service rendered by the group of Eugene Obsidians June 18, the Forest Service of the West Boundary District wishes to thank all the men and women for the fine work done on River’s Edge and Shady Dell Forest Camps. This work was performed under the handicap of rain and semi-wintry conditions.
This voluntary service, in our opinion is outstanding at a time like this. Please give this letter general publicity among your group.
Very truly yours,
A. J. Briem
Warren Waldorf in India
The Waldorfs tell us that their son, Warren, is now stationed in India. He is in the photographic section of the Air Force, or as Louie phrases it, “the hypo squad”. Warren having majored in journalism at the U, was made editor of the paper going over on the transport. He did such a good job that he has been kept on as editor of the camp paper.
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