The Lucy Lewis Scrapbook documents the activities of Lewis and her companions during a hiking and camping trip to Mount Jefferson, a peak in Oregon's Cascade Range. The twelve-day excursion spanned late July through early August 1915 and involved seven individuals, including at least four members of the Oregon Agricultural College faculty, referred to in the scrapbook's narrative as the "Happy Gang". Participants were each assigned a moniker and included A. J. Stover (Captain), George Calvin (First Mate, Billy the Goat), Alice Edwards (The Jaunty One), Lillian M. George (Hungry Georgie), Myra Bartlett (The Dodger), Lucy Lewis (Lucifer), and Hilda Miller (Sophrone, Nanny the Goatee).
The party began in Corvallis, Oregon and travelled through Albany to Detroit, Oregon by train. From Detroit, they followed what is now Oregon Route 22 to Hoover (now Idanha) and hiked the Whitewater Trail to Jefferson Park. The majority of the trip's activities took place in Jefferson Park and surrounding area (now the Mount Jefferson Wilderness). Members of the group made several partial climbs of Mount Jefferson and, on August 1, Stover, Calvin, Edwards, and Miller attempted to summit the mountain in hopes of entering their names in its Mazama register (a record box placed at the summit by Mazama Club members in 1897). However, an unfamiliarity with the terrain caused the party to scale one of the mountain's lesser peaks and they were forced to abandon the attempt.
The scrapbook includes a twenty page typed narrative humorously detailing the events of each day. Included are descriptions of the local scenery, the activities of each member, and several minor mishaps involving forgotten and misplaced supplies, equipment failures, lost party members, and an incident in which several of the climbers were caught on the moutainside after nightfall. Also included is a two-page typescript detailing the first successful summitting of Mount Jefferson by a woman; an informational brochure and map of the Santiam National Forest (now part of the Willamette National Forest); a 1.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor painting of Mount Jefferson; and more than 100 photographs from the trip. The photos, most of which are pasted into the scrapbook, include numerous images of Mount Jefferson, the Jefferson Park landscape, and members of the "Happy Gang". Also included are several real photo postcards featuring scenes of Milk Creek and Mount Jefferson with annotations dated July 1914.
Reference scans of the scrapbook and the loose materials associated with the scrapbook have been made to two PDFs and are available upon request.
Edwards, Alice L. (Alice Leora), 1882-
George, Lillian M.
Jefferson, Mount (Or.)
Lewis, Lucy M., 1879-1951
Milk Creek (Linn County, Or.)
Mount Jefferson Wilderness (Or.)
Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.
Stover, A. J.