Chevrolet Last Machine in Crater Lake Park.
Drifts Three Feet Deep
Half-Mile Trip Requires Three Hours and 18 Miles Out Takes Three Days’ Time
A Chevrolet “490” touring car is the last machine to visit Crater Lake Park this year, according to A.C. Loosley, a cattleman from Fort Klamath who visited Regner & Fields, local Chevrolet distributors last week. Loosley’s 5000-acre ranch is 100 miles from Medford and on November 14 Loosley was marooned for four days in the mountains, with over three feet of snow as a barrier to the outside world.
Loosley is six feet six inches in his stocking feet and the snow which fell during one night was up to his waist. The most terrific snow storm which he had ever seen struck Loosley when he was but a half mile from the entrance to Crater Lake Park. This was 7 o’clock in the evening and it was three hours later when he drew up to the keeper’s lodge.
The only way his machine could make progress was to buck the deep snow until it piled ahead of the radiator and then shovel it away. The sturdy car was backed away and then rammed into the fast-falling snow, again and again.
Machine Loaded on Sled.
“If any car has the ‘stuff’ in it, it is the Chevrolet,” said Loosley. “I thought every buck would be the last one, but the car stood the gaff. To continue that night was out of the question so I drained the water out of the radiator and went to bed. Next morning the car was nearly buried. I saw it was impossible to get out of the mountains under motor power so I sent word to the ranch for eight horses. They arrived with a sled a day later. The machine was loaded on the sled and taken out through the hills. We were three days getting home through the 18 miles of snow.”
The Chevrolet stripped its reverse gears, when Loosley’s father-in-law was told to help out the horses by using the power of the machine. He threw the gears into reverse instead of into low by mistake and it was eight horses against the powerful engine of the car. Something had to give in the deadlock—the auto came out of the tug-of-war minus a reverse gear.
Rancher Prefers Car to Horse.
Loosley is a partner in the Pelton & Loosley ranch holdings of 5000 acres, which are scattered over 30 miles of territory and Loosley uses his Chevrolet in getting about. He had two other cars of much higher price, but he prefers the Chevrolet, he said. He acknowledges that he has tried to break his car up in jamming around the country, but it has stood up. He figures the machine costs him $10 a month in tires and depreciation. He covers about five times the territory which he could with a horse with much better results and more comfort. He finds no difficulty in storing away his six-foot-six under the wheel of the little car and he declares it would take many times its purchase price to get his Chevrolet if he could not get another.
Source: Portland Oregonian, December 1, 1918.