Photograph showing Rex Wilson of the U. S. Forest Service riding at the front of a pack train carrying the bodies of Portland climbers Donald Burkhart, Davis McCamant, and John Thomas on Saturday, September 9, 1933, after searchers recovered their remains. The three men died in an accident during an attempt to ascend Mount Jefferson on Monday, September 4. A cropped version of this photograph was one of five, including image No. 374N0486, that were published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, September 10, 1933. The photographs were published under the headline “Closing Scenes in the Tragedy Befalling Portlanders on Mt. Jefferson.” The photographs had the following caption: “Mount Jefferson, Olallie Lake and the wild region was the center of interest for almost a week during the hunt for Davis McCamant, Don Burkhart and John Thomas.” This photograph had the following additional caption information: “The end of the Skyline trail—Rex Wilson, forest guard at Olallie lake, leading the pack horses which bore the bodies over the 10-mile trail to the road.” The photographs accompanied the continuation of a front-page story about the recovery of the climbers’ remains. See related image Nos. 374N0483, 374N0484, 374N0485, and 374N0511.
Vincent, Ralph (Photographer)