We spoke of Mark Weygandt last week,so I looked for a picture of him. I couldn't find a clear reference, but the caption to this photo from an American Legion climb of Mt. Hood says, "At the top of the world, or the summit of Mt Hood. Mr. Weygandt at extreme right of picture." The numbering is part of a Legion Climb series. If I didn't see the summit lookout cabin in the background this could be a picture of a group of farmers in posing in their field.
An obituary for Mark Weygandt in the Oregonian includes several interesting facts: In 1897 he and two brothers biked from Polo, Illinois to the Dalles. He was instrumental in creation of the Lookout cabin we see in this image. He led a party of 247 persons to the summit in 1921. He pioneered the "Sunshine Trail" to the summit, and was believed to have scaled the mountain 588 times.
This article from The Hood River Glacier in August, 1922, tells the wonderful story of his high altitude circumnavigation of Mt. Hood. It's worth the read.
What a crew....especially the man in the sweater. It does appear that they at least have some sort of proper boots on their feet. Isn't that an array of hats.
Oh yes that is definitely Mark Weygandt in the bibs. I have seen a number of photos of him. Kind of like milk the cow early in the morning then head up the mountain.
I grew up knowing his wife as "Grandma Wells" After his death she eventually married Wells Bennett who had been not only one of his friends but quite an expert when it came to motor cycles in that time frame. That is another story in itself. Wells an Beulah lived for years on the old homestead and eventually moved to Mt. Hood. Their home, which is still there is just south of that Mt. Hood store that they are going to re-open. It is the first two story house on your right that you come to.
Charlott on 29th October 2018 @ 7:10am
I was curious about the nationality of the name Weygandt
"The German surname Weygandt, which originated almost a millennium ago, means "son of Wigant." Wigant is a personal name derived from the Old High German word "wigant," meaning "warrior."
Sounds like he was a warrior of the mountain.
L.E. on 29th October 2018 @ 7:46am
The Weygandt name is prominent in the early history of the Long Beach peninsula. Weygandt ancestors still reside here and are well represented in the artistic community. Does anyone know if the families were related?
Buzz on 29th October 2018 @ 7:58am
Definitely German. They were from Osthofen, Reinland-Pfalz, Germany where the name went from Weygand to Weygandt in 1713. It isn't surprising that they immigrated to Pennsylvania, as a great many Germans settled there. Many were or became Amish in that area.
I rather doubt if that this family had any connection with people on the Washington coast. I knew most of them and never heard any mention of other relatives.
Charlott on 29th October 2018 @ 9:00am
Wonder if the odd buttoning of the sweater was a mistake or whether it was done intentionally to provide some air flow around the torso?
Longshot on 29th October 2018 @ 10:42am
I can't think of any place I would want to walk to 588 times. Especially if it was straight uphill.
L.E. on 29th October 2018 @ 1:23pm