“Young Man Perished of Exposure in Mountains
Coroner W. T. Gordon returned to Natron, the home of the late Earl Dodd, Wednesday evening, bringing the body of the deceased with him. Mr. Gordon found the body at Hazeldell when he arrived there, Messrs. Gould and Progness having been assisted out with it by the Rankin engineers. They brought it the entire distance of 25 miles on horseback through deep snow. The facts of his death were so apparent that Mr. Gordon did not deem an inquiry necessary, in the strict sense of the word, though he made a complete investigation. It seems as though the young man started out hunting on Wednesday morning and tramped all that day. He spent the night somewhere in the mountains, having either struck the trail of game or got lost. He wandered all day Thursday again and slept in snow again Thursday night. On Friday he resumed his tramp evidently lost and without food and warmth he lay down in the snow and died during the night from exhaustion and being chilled. The body was not stiff or frozen, but it showed signs of complete exhaustion. The funeral service was held from the home of his parents at Natron at 2 o’clock yesterday, conducted by Rev. J.M. Orrick and interment was made at the cemetery near that place. Earl was a popular student at the Eugene High School last year and was one of the distance runners on the track team. He was 20 years of age and took an especial liking for hunting and fishing and being in the woods.” Eugene Morning Register – Oct. 30, 1908, pg. 2.