Historic Hood River
Crag Rats First Rescue
This photo captures a seminal moment in the history of the Crag Rats. The Crag Rats incorporated in late 1926, describing themselves as a skiing and mountaineering club, as well as a mountain rescue organization. In January 1927 16 year-old Calvin White Jr. became lost while skiing out of Government Camp. After three days of searching, Crag Rat Bill Cochran found White, and with assistance of other Crag Rats brought him down to the Battle Axe Inn. He lost some toes to frostbite, but as you can see he survived. For many years after that rescue Calvin’s father would host a banquet for the Crag Rats in early January.
This photo includes (left to right): Earl Hammond, Dr. White (Calvin’s father), Harry Griffith (police officer), Mr and Mrs. Joseph Brownlee, William Cochran, and Calvin White Jr.
I’ve been talking with the Crag Rats for several years to figure out how to make sure their collection of images is properly preserved for the future. Most of their collection has now received proper archival treatment, and they are happy to share it digitally with HHR viewers. I’ll be working more Crag Rats images into our lineup in the future.
If you know of any other collections of photos which tell the history of Hood River county, contact the museum and we’ll help you figure out how to make sure that history isn’t lost.