DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Mount Rainier National Park
MOUNT RAINIER NATURE NOTES
Issued monthly during the winter months, semi-monthly during the summer
months, by the Mount Rainier National Park Nature Guide Service.
|C. Frank Brockman,
|O. A. Tomlinson,|
Superintendent Tomlinson tells of an interesting meeting which harked
back to the "good old days" of the Park Service when that organization
was in its swaddling clothes. Long before the Service became an
actuality, as we know it now, T. E. Hofer roamed the plains and
mountains in and about Yellowstone as park guide.
That region was as famous for its game then as now
and as no regulations were in effect regarding hunting in that area
"Billy" Hofer had many opportunities to serve as guide for individuals
who have since become famous or well known Americans. President Roosevelt
was a member of several of these parties and the old Yellowstone
Guide has many photos, letters and other keepsakes which give intimate
glimpses of that famous man.
Superintendent Tomlinson visited "Uncle Billy" at his present home
at Sunlight Beach on Whidby Island in Puget Sound, talked with him
concerning the time when the Service itself was as much of a pioneer as
the men who composed its meager force. Needles to say much that was
interesting was unlocked from the old timer's memory and this
information was in turn transferred to Park officials in Washington
and in Yellowstone National Park. Thus another link was forged between
the Park Service of the past and the Park Service of the present.