The Obsidian Bulletin, December 1943, p. 1

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Volume VI Eugene, Oregon, December, 1943 No. 6

President’s Letter

More than once during the seventeen years of the Obsidian’s existance has there been a very live interest in the planning and building of a cabin or retreat in the mountains for the use of the members. The diversity of interests of the members has always prevented the completion of those plans. Such a home to be an ideal one should be located at a point conveniently reached by highway; on a lake suitable for fishing and boating; near the beach; conveniently near many interesting mountain trails; in a ski area; and be well equipped for housing and entertainment. We now have a cabin which meets some of the above requirements reasonably well and at an insignificant cost.

There has been much speculation as to the desirability of a club house located in or near Eugene where its availability to the membership would be practically one hundred percent. In such a house and on its grounds could be held the monthly meetings, the dances, business meetings, picnics. In addition to the other facilities storage space for the club equipment could be arranged for. Such a place would be of value both to the club and to the community.

It is generally agreed that the location should be such as to provide a view of the valley and the mountains. It should be large enough to permit adequate parking of cars, a playground area and by all means for trees and shrubs. If at all possible, water, electric and sanitary services should be available.

The facilities of such a club-

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Have You Heard?

Tony Vogel doesn’t hunt alone; he doesn’t climb alone; he doesn’t ski alone; he doesn’t fish alone; he doesn’t even live alone anymore.

No indeed, when “that distinguished foreign looking gentleman”, Chief Huckleberry, took a week off to go duck hunting recently he started out by first making a little trip to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the company of Lucille Gray.

This was the morning of Nov. 9, 1943.

Tony says the trip was a great success and that he and Mrs. Tony Vogel are now happily installed in the Bryan Ryan house (the Worm-hole) on Whitten Drive.

Congratulations Tony, and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs.


The Entertainment Committee has been quite active. Besides the usual Thursday evening dance held at the YMCA, other parties have been given. The latest is the Thanksgiving Party held at the YMCA Nov. 18th, with Helen Kilpatrick and Thelma Watson in charge. There were music, dancing and light refreshments. And for a special treat moving pictures were shown by Mrs. Kenneth Taylor. These were color pictures taken by Mr. Taylor while boating in Idaho.

Christmas Party

The Christmas Party will be held Thursday evening, Dec. 16 at 8 o’clock at the Y. M. C. A. with Alfred Tyson in charge. Quite a program is planned, including singing, dancing and an exchange of gifts. Everyone is asked to come and to bring some small gift such as could be purchased at the five and ten. Come and meet Santa.

The Mazamas have extended this invitation to us:

“We cordially invite you to help us CELEBRATE the 50th Anniversary of the club at a Golden Jubilee Banquet to be held Saturday, December 11, 1943 in Neighbors of Woodcraft Hall, 14th and Morrison Sts., Portland at 7 p. m. o’clock, tickets for this banquet will be $2.00.

The Governor and wife have promised to attend, our City Mayor, the National Park and National Forest Service officials will also be present, as will some of our early Charter Members.

We trust that a number of your club can attend, and especially the former old members of our club to meet their friends of the early glacial period of the club. Will you please make reservations by the 5th of December, for that will have to be our dead line for this party.

I trust that I may see your club well represented and with very kindest regards I beg to remain,

Yours very sincerely Ed. J. Hughes, Chairman.

1405 S. W. Washington St., Portland, Zone 5.

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