The Hood River glacier. (Hood River, Or.) 1889-1933, May 23, 1912, Image 10

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The following is an interesting etory
written by Randall H. Howard, of
Mount Hood and how the people of ad-ioinn-
counties are planning on mak
ing it more and more accessible each
Vear by constructing roads to its base.
Mr. Howard spent several days here
last eummer securing data for the
story for Sunset Magazine, in the May
issue of which it appeared.
It used to be thought that the glory
of scaling one of the great mountain
peaks of the continent was reserved
for the exceptional beings whom na
ture had specially endowed with
strength, daring and leisure. It was
an accomplishment to be retold to
grand children; to be entered in the
autobiourauhv. Nevertheless, several
thousand persons have registered their
names in the famous Mazama copper
box at the too of Mount Hood during
the nast ten vears. Yet there has
been but one fatality in the entire rtc
ord of the mountain ; and this fatality
was due to the rashness of a man who
thought he "could eo anywhere that a
guide could," and who chose one of the
most hazardous of the routes to the
top, even though he had never before
climbed the mountain. Likewise, a
surprising percentage of persons who
make the trial are able to roach-; the
tup. Last summer, of the several
hundred persons who started to the top
from the Portland side, a guide assures
that only three -one man anil two
women failed to realize their goal,
and thii'jforeVere deprived of the in
spiration that an elevation of 11,2")
f-et and the summit of a wonderful
snow-capped peak alone can bring.
'Ihe automobile has had a part, in
making Mount Hood accessible. The
mountain may be approached from two
general directions either from I'ort
land, or from the town of Hood River,
sixty miles up the Columbia. If the
approach is from the town of Hood
River, the preliminary twenty-seven
miles thrutiirhlthe beautiful Hood River
valley and past the world-famous apple
orchards to t oud Can Inn. will proo
ably be taken in an automobile- though
to pay tribute to the older days of the
west one may make the rule more lets
urely in an old-timo stage coach.
If from the Portland direction, one
may traverse the entire sixty miles to
the base or Mount lloou vv auomoone
or he may go part way by electric rail
way and.then transfer to ajhorse stage
or an automobile stage, stopping for
lunch at one of the taverns along the
road. Welsh a. Twaney s. anil the
new Mount Hood Tavern, are each be
twcen"eit!hteeii and twenty miles (lis
tant from the snow-line; Rhododendron
is fourteen miles distant ; and Govern
mcnt Camp, or Pompeii, is four miles
distant. Leaving these taverns, the
mountain climbers congregate (luring
the evening at the very basu'of the
mountain, anil spend the night in the
tent camns of the mountain guido.
The mountain climber whether he
choose the Hood River valley side or
the 1'ortland side of tho mountain will
breakfast about four o'clock in the
morning. From this point on, the
guide is the commanding general, al
beit the guide must necessarily be a
practical diplomat, firm and resource
ful. The person who has seen a snow
capped peak only in the distance, or
only studied souvenir postal cards, will
probably mitten and fur himself for a
climb up Mount Hood much as he would
for a trip to the Klondike. And if so,
he will be surprised on this eventful
morning to Bee the guide and the sea
soned mountain climbers in their shirt
sleeves, carrying only a sweater or a
light coat as an extra wrap. Hut the
guide will inspect the party, will see
that all are in order for the endurance
test spikes in their preferably high
topped shoes ; legging ; loose fitting,
strong Ji'lothes; "bib" overalls or
bloomers or short skirts for the ladies;
and alpenstocks and snow glasses for
everybody. And each person, or each
couple, will also carry a light lunch.
Also, it may seem strange to talk
about sun-blistering on a climb up
Mount Hood. An old joke to the effect
that one should take a lesson from
Dame Nature and transform his face
to the hue of a native South African,
seems ever-living around snow-capped
peaks. Hut the "wise man" will only
mar his natural complexion with a
thick coating of llesh colored grease
paint. On the first lap of the climb,
ihe tact of tho guide is tested to the
extreme in conserving the physical en
ergy of the party, buoyed up as they
are by the rarefied air, and the unfold
ing world-panorama at their feet. Hut
the knowledge that the side of the
mountain is interwoven with blind
glacial cracks, some of them perhaps
several hundred feet deep, soon calms
tho rovers. The guide knows the
mountain thoroughly. He can read the
surface of the ice and the snow as ex
pertly as the river captain does the
rillles and the sea captain the waves
There is only one regular resting
place in the long ascent at Lunch
Rock on the Hood River valley side,
and at Crater Rock on the Portland
side. Ihe guide knows that more fre
(luent long stops are risky, often
bringing on muscular stiffness. The
freakish Crater Rock may remind one
of the scare stories that are eirculat
periodically, to the effect that "Mount
noon is sneiKing. 1 lie guides deny
me smoke stories, but they do not
oeny inai ciouus or steam I. live lioen
seen arising from the mountain. Cra
ter Rock is one of the proofs. Natur
ally this modernly steam heated rock.
almost at the pinnacle of the moun
tain, is capitalized to its full worth.
It hm been transformed into a lunch
ing tavern, and it is a most convenient
resting and waiting place for thost
whose strength or grit has ebbed awav
ft, . i i - -
tne sieepesi enmu comes just alter
Lunch Kock or Crater Rock has been
left behind. Hot the theory of the
guides is that almost anybody who can
reach these points can also climb to
the top. If the long rest and the warm
lunch do not revive the drooping and
the sagging ones to renewed strength
me gunle then displays another trait
ot Ins professional equipment. II
. t L . I m
muses n oasiy diagnosis ol muscles
and vital organs, and if favorable, he
may then resort to a little "jollying"
and "blutling. "
"Why, man, your work is all done."
he will begin. "Rut mine is only be
ginning. Ail you have to do now is to
follow along in my tracks mid I've
got to work. Resides," he mav hurl
as a tinal "bluff" at a weak kneed
genus male, "if you stav here you'll
have to pay two dollars extra on your
gunie ice up- anil the expenses of the
whole party tonight and tomorow when
they come bacK to make another trial
without you."
The mountain climbers start, and the
guide does work. He goes ahead, fol
lowing the safety rope, cutting notches
in the ice, creeping on and on toward
the very pinnacle of nature's great
monument of lava rock and ice. The
climbers slowly follow, up and up,
piercing the clouds. The assistant
guide acts as a rear guard.
At last! At last! The summit!
The summit! The climbers look out
tion of the view. i sights in Switzerland." But when the
The descent of Mount Hood H much ' top was reached, when be looked out
more hasty, though in some ways more across the wonderiul panorama of cit
tiresome and more dangerous than the
uu-climb. Some of the mountain
climbers will inevitably beg and plead
to stay on top, beg to tee the sunset
from the world pinnacle. Hut the
guide is firm. He knows the mountain.
He roused the party and Btarted at four
o'clock in the morning that he might
get over the snow before it was soft
ened by the risir g sun. And he knows
that he must leave the top and get olf
the ice surface before it again freezes.
Hut the down-climb has it elements of
les, rivers, vaueys, plains, hills, moun
tain ranges and mountain peaks- some
of them three hundred miles away he
was silent and awe stricken. He con
fessed that no view in Switzerland
could equal it.
Likewise, an army officer, discharged
from the service with the best wishes
of a group of surgeons who, after a
numerous operations, told him that tbt
I moiths of his life were numbered on
j trttir fingers,. Ctdonel W. F. Tucket
I traveled over the world and through
the cnited states, lured here and
there, hoping yet fearing. At last he
approached Mount Hood, via the Hood
River valley. And there he lives to
dayin a roomy log cabinet the edge
of his cleared orchard tract, where the
white sides and the storm beaten pin
nacles end the fresh cool treath of old
Mount Hood have given him a new
life-grip and remade him into.a vigor
ous man.
trn...l.lllo I
the lower
memorable, cxhiliarating,
spu't. The Boft snow on
slopes invites everybody to slide, the
alpenstock guiding and checking and
often three-tpiarters of a mile or more
is clipped off in a brief minute.
About four miles from the moun
tain's perpetual snow-line there lies
a little meadow along the old Harlow
road. Here is "Government Carnp,"
where the Yocum family has been "at
home" to travelers for nearly thirty
years. O. C. Yocum, veteran moun
tain guide, followed the old Oregon
trail as a boy with his pioneer parents.
One day, while the ox teams and
horses were plodding westward over
the Harlow road, the immigrant lad
cauht a vision. It was faii.t almost
nothing -only the sharp white point
of a mountain peak, piercing the dis
tant western horizon, burnished to a
glowing red by the early morning nun.
Hut it was a finger print of destiny,
though young Yocum Old not know that
he was just then being introduced to a
life-long intimacy with Mount Hood.
Yeiirs later, when the hoy had grown
up and married, the doctors intimated
that he had best make his will. Hut
nature often fools the men of medi
cine. Yocum remembered the little
meadow, along the old Harlow road,
only four milus from Mount Hood's
perpetual snow linti. lie had never
forgotten, however, for scarcely a
summer had passed but that he and his
family had driven up from the Willam
ette valley to camp out for a few
weeks, to climb the mountain, to rusti- 1
cate, to dream and hunt and fish.
Hut this time it was a perpetual
camp. He located the old meadow
camping ground as a homestead. He
built a comfortable log caoii: in the
shadow of the mountain. Travelers
stopped, and his home soon became
known as "Government Camp". He
and his family lived here summer and
winter, though the snow was often
from eight to twelve feet deep. He
regained robust health. He became a
worshiper of Mount Hood; he came to
know the mountain as a preacher
knows Ins bible. lie had a name lor
every pinnacle and point and crag,
every barren spot, every snow held,
every glacier.
When Mr. Yocum first looked out
from the top of Mount Hood, on July
Hi, lHH.'f, not to exceed one hundred
persons had preceded him to the top.
"I climbed the mountain hundreds of
times during the twenty-three vears
that I was a professional euide." Mr.
Yocum said to me. "And every time,
I saw something new. Every time.
the three-huiidred-mile view ever Ore
gon and Washington, and far into Cali
fornia, was more wonderful. Every
time the panorama of the wheat lields
and the plains and the hills of the In
land Empire, the orchards and the cit
ies and the towns of the Columbia
river valleys and the Willamette val
ley were more inspiring. 1' very time
the lakes and the rivers and the haze
of the Pacific ocean, and the ranees
with their eight visible snow capped
peaks of more than 1(1,01)0 feet eleva
tion, were more beautiful."
Viewed in the light of the present
accessibility of Mount Hood, the day
when Mr. Yocum first climbed to the
top seems ages ago. The pinnacle of
Mount Hood is now almost as easy to
reach by the average person as the sea
shore. Hundreds climb to the summit
every year. In fact, a number of
times, more than a hundred persons
have in a single day placed Their
names in the copper box at the top.
nut there are other Mount Hood en
thusiasts. One of them is a Portland
business man, who stands in Oregon
for a must peculiar hobbv which
hobby is known to have already ab
sorbed thousands of dollars.
Have you seen the mountain dur
ing the last two mornings-:'" he asked
almost before 1 had had time to glance
about his ollice at the several enlarged
pictures of Mount Hood.
"It's grand - grand !" ho spoke with
glowing, almost boyish enthusiasm.
"VMiy, Portland people don't don't
hegin to know what Mount Hood is.
If they did they would all see it -ami
not a single one of the thousands of
tourists who go through would miss it.
Why, if sumo cities had this mountain
as near them as it is'to us, they would
make iit pay them a million dollars a
And to prove that there was sub
stance behind his enthusiasm, in an
other five minutes K. Henry Weinme
had made hold the uniuiilili'ed state
ment that he would give a quarter
million dollars for building a hard sur
face automobile road up to the very
nase ot mount Hood -il the state of
Oregon would also give a quarter-million.
"I haven't got a quarter million dol
lars," he continued and explained.
"Hut I can get it. 1 can sell bonds
and I've got Portland property to
guarantee the bonds."
T hen the speaker went on to tell of
the great improvements that had been
made in the auton obile road to Mount
Hood during the past two years.
Karlicr than that date, an automobile
rarely ever started from Portland on
tho sixty-mile run to the base of the
mountain without taking along block
and tackle, and axes and shovels. They
didn't know what might happen before
they returned. And they were fortun
ate if able to make the run in half a
day, or even a day.
Hut that time is gone. A number nf
automobiles have latelv covered the
distance in less than three hours, and
other automobiles that make rceulur
daily round trips during the summer
months keep their running time to the
mountain within four hours. Hut the
dreamers have not stepped dreaming.
The arc working, agitating, for a hard
surface mad all the way. then, they
say, they will be able to visit the
mountain any day of the year, winter
or summer. l'hen. thev promise
Mount Hood will be one of the most
accessible and one of the most won-
lerful of the scenic beauties of the
world. Hut time will do even more.
for there is now under construction an
electric road that will reach from Port
land to the very base of the mountain.
bo it is that Pioneer mountain guides
and automobile enthusiasts the Yo-
cums and the Wemmes-have made the
Mount Hood that the tourist of todav
ows. Westerners are so surrounded
with nature beauties and scenic won-
ers that the artistic sense of many
is biased. Hut how different with the
foreigner, the easterner! For ex
ample, a Swiss guide made a trip to
the top of Mount Hood. From the very
leginning of the climb he was willing
to admit that the mountain was won-
You can spot them a block
away. Not so strikingly
. conspicuous-cut and
style go away in
the lead.
"Walkover" has a last that's
cidedly high grade and a
wonderful fitter
Glad to show you
Oregon Lumber Co.
Dee, Oregon
Both Phones
Estimates Furnished
"Something New Under the Sun"
The Mount Hood Ironing Cabinet
Lap Board, Ironing Board, Sewing Cabinet,
Writing Desk, Etc.
Hood River, Oregon
AGENTS WANTED-Pacific Coast State Rights For Sale
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The Purest Drugs for all kinds of ailments, from
the ills caused from having eaten too much fruit,
to those caused from insect bites or accidents.
Eastman KodaKs, Films and Supplies
Carl A. Plath, DRUGGIST
Supply Your Needs at the
Ladies' Shirt Waists 50c
Regular 75c to 90c Waists in medium
and dark colors, now 50c
Ladies' Khaiki Suits $5.85
Riding Suits, divided skirt, Norfolk
jacket, 'government cloth, regular
$6.50 suits for $5.85
Ladies' Dress Skirts 98c
One lot of Ladies' white and colored
Wash Skirts, regular $1.25 to $2.50
skirts for 98c
Ladies' Khaiki Dresses $2.98
One-piece Dresses best Khaiki cloth, full
front buttoned, practical outing dress $2.98
The same as above, only in a lighter
weight, for ' $2.68
m.. , ALL OUR $1,25 AND $1'35 WAISTS 98c
This includes every number in our large stock of waists; white dress waists light
medium and dark mercerized and linen middy blouses all go at .. .98c
Ladies' Gingham Petticoats $ .63
Ladies' Black Mercerized Petticoats . 89
Ladies' Khaiki Jackets 1.98
Ladies' Khaiki Shirts 98
Ladies' Khaiki Bloomers 68
Men's Good Khaiki Pants 1.00
Men's Heavy Whipcord Pants 1.25
Men's Best Whipcord Pants 1.75
Guaranteed Corduroy Pants 2.50
Men's Full Size Work Shirts 45
Heavy Black Sateen Shirts 50
Heavy Khaiki Shirts 75
$1.25 Dress or Work Shirts 1.00
Canvas Gloves 05
Muleskin Gloves , 25
Leather Gloves 50c to 100
Summer Shirts and Drawers 25
50c Underwear, broken lines 35
Poros Union Suits 75
Heavy Black or Tan Cotton Socks !l0
Straw Hats for Men, Women and Children
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Bragg Mercantile Company
Notice of Completion of Street Improve
ments. Notice In hereby givm that the Transit-r A
Uvery Co., con traders, have tiled written no
Hi this 21 it day of May, nr the comple
tion of Care trie Avenue by Krudiug the road.
ay irom curb line to curb line in front of
HlockH 10 and 11 of Heoond Addition Wnl;
H'oi'kn IS and ID of Hood Klver Proper and
Hlcx'ks 2 and 3 of Waucoma Addition, under
their contract, with tho cily heretofore
made and entered into and under Ordinance
No 'iM, and that the amount due aatd con.
traciora lor said improvement upon Its ac
ceplaru la hereby stated to be $771.(17.
And notice Ik lurttiur ijlven that any' oblec.
lions to the acceptance of mild work under
the contract with Ihe said contractor on the
pnrt of ald city may be tiled In the office ol
the undersigned City Recorder by any inter
ested party at any time within seven days
from Hie date of It linn mid uollce, to wit,
within seven days from the lst day of
May, Wi.
This notice Is published In the Hood River
Glacier for two consecutive issues thereof, the
date of Ihe first publication thereof beina, the
2lrd day of May, Mi.
H. I.. 1IOWK,
ni'Win.TO City Recorder.
Notice of Completion of Street Improve
ments. Notice Is hereby (jlven that Charles W. Con.
nor A Son, contractors, have tiled written no
tice this 21st day of May, 1MI2, of the comple
tion of Seventh Street in front of Block 2 of
Waucoma I'm k ami Ulock :tf of Hood Klver
I'roper by laylni? cement curbs and walks,
under their contract with the city heretofore
made and entered iuto under ordinance No.
;f.'ii, and that the amount due fur aald tin.
provemcnt Usu its acceptance la hereby
slated to be t-M.
And notice Is further given that any objec
tions to the acceptance of said work under
Ihe contract with Ihe said contractors on the
part of said city may be filed tn the oltVce ol
the undersigned City Keeordi r by any inter
ested party at any time within s ven dayi
from the date of filing aald notice, to wit,
wtthin seven days from the aist day of
May, 1(112.
t'hls notice Is published In the Hood Klver
Glacier lor two consecutive Issues thereof, the
date of the first publication thi rail being the
Slrd day of May, 1912.
mSliiiM city Recorder
Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Blue
Berries, Cherries, Loganberries, Straw
berries, etc., make the best kind of pies.
tarts, and all sorts of dainty desserts that
can be put together in a hurry when you have the
right kind of good things to start with.
Preferred Stock Canned Goods
Packed Wherever the Best are Grown
are always safe to buy. Only the finest of sound, Oregon
berries find their way into Preferred Stock cansj plenty of
pure cane sugar is used, which accounts for their delicious
navor. rreterred stock berries are never "insipid."
The berries are from Orefyn Preferred Stock
at xnur Grocer's.
AL1.EH I.IWI8, W1iol;al Orocera. PORTLAND, OREGON, V. 8 A.
Phone 78
Notice of Completion of Street Improve
ment. Notice Is hereby given that Chas.W. Connor
Hon, contractors, have tiled written no
tice this 21st day of May, 11)12, of t'.ie com
pletion ol Mnmello Avenue In Iron! of Blocks
S1,:I4 and 0ol Hood River Proper, and Hlncks
and 2 of Park Addillou. and Hlock I of Wau
coma Park, by laying cement curb and
walks, under their contract with the City
heretofore made and entered into under Ord i
nance No. 3-ti and that the amount due aald
contractor for said Improvement upon its
acceptance is hereby stated to be JIHHii.m.
And notice Is further given that any objec
tions to the acceptance of said work under
the contract with the aald contractor on the
part of said City may be tiled In the office ol
the undersigned City Reeoruer by anv Inter.
ested party at any time within seven days
irom i ne date ol nnug Ham notice, to-wit,
within seven days from, the 2ist day ol
May, 11112.
This notice Is published In the Hood River
Glacier for two consecutive issues thereof, the
dale of the first publication thereof being the
'iid day of Mav, 1D12.
It. L. HUW K,
i2.'lin 0 city Recorder.
Painting and Tinting
Done on short notice.
anti-eel. Country
Satisfaction guar
trade especially
Phone .Ul-X Postoffice Box 212
The Purity Dairy Co.
Yours for prompt service and
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Real Estate Moved Well Last Year
Give us a trial and we will make it do the same thing
this year. Figures tell. The total amount of the sales
of property handled by us last year reached $207,950,
more than a quarter of a million. Sale prices ranged
all the way from $30,000 to $600.
A real bargain in a nice well im
proved 10-acre tract, all in trees;
good house; half mile from town;
easy terms; Inquire of
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We are Open for
Phone 147-X On The Heights
School Warrants.
Holders of warrants on Schoul Dis
trict No. 7 are hereby notified that in
terest will cease on Slay IS, on all war
rants issued prior to Macli 1, 1H12.
m23 R. H. Waush, Deputy Clerk.
Bids You to Her
JUNE 10-15
Tickets will be on Sale from all Stations on the
O.-W. R. & N.
JUNE 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 1912
One and One-Third Fare for Round Trip
A program has been prepared which will surpass
any former. Arrange to spend a week in Portland
and a week at NORTH BEACH on the Pacific'
REDUCED FARES will be in effect from Portland'
and the O.-W. R. & Ns Excursion Steamers will
be making daily runs.
J. H. FREDRICY, Agent.