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VOL. XIV EUGENE. OREGON - APRIL 1954 NO. 4
A Home At Last
After years of wishing and planning, we Obsidians are to have a home of our own -- on our lot at Seventeenth and High Streets. A place where we can have our all-member meetings, parties and potlucks; and a room where we can invite our friends and the public to enjoy with us our beautiful pictures. There will be a library for our books, magazines and enlarged pictures,a place for board meetings and club records; store rooms for outing and climbing equipment. We will make plenty of use of it!
IF we can raise the money to pay for it. About $7,000.00 cash will be needed, besides the work we can do ourselves. Of this amount, the board has approved the use of $2,000.00 of club funds. This leaves a substantial amount of reserve. To make the clubhouse a success, it will be necessary for every member to fully support it, financially and otherwise.
A potluck dinner and general meeting will be held in the River Road Women's clubhouse on Saturday evening May 1 -(May Day), to show and discuss plans; and to start the financial ball rolling. All members are urged to be present.
Bailey Castelloe, Chairman Bldg. Comm.
Louis Waldorf, Financial Chm.
Supervisor Bruckart Retires
J. R. Bruckart, supervisor of the Willamette National Forest will retire June 30, after 45 years with the U. S. Forest Service. He has been supervisor since 1938 and is keenly interested in the Obsidian Club as well as outdoor recreation for those to come.
He began his career as a guard of the Snoqualmie National Forest in 1909. In 1914, while a ranger at Darrington, Washington, he met the girl who later became his wife.
He was supervisor of the Olympic National Forest when President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the controversial park. The land for the park was taken from the Olympic National Forest and was opposed by the Forest Service. He was also supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot (formerly Columbia) National Forest.
It is very understandable to all Obsidians that his love of the outdoors and the necessity of protecting nature resulted in his decision to start his career in the Forest Service. His father, a prospector and miner, brought his son "Ray" up in the woods which may have been a contributing factor to his interest in the woods.
For those who would like to reminisce and for those who were not in Eugene during the war years, would you like to reflect or project those years when both gas and help were very hard to get?
On occasion we would assist some farmer harvest a bean or nut crop. Then came the time when members of the group were almost beside themselves from lack of association with their McKenzie playground and other wonderful outdoor places. How could we get gas to take us there? The answer? The Forest Service, of course. After a consultation with the supervisor of the Willamette National Forest, it was disclosed that the Forest Service could supply the gas if the club would lend a
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