September 16, 1937: “The 'eyes of Wernatchee national forest,' William Hutchins sits in this seven by seven-foot room atop the 40-foot steel tower, scanning thousands of acres of forest from his lookout station on Quartz mountain. Hutchins has spent eight summers at this station, 6,220 feet above sea level, seeing more visitors each year who take advantage of the forest service roads to drive to the base of his tower from Cle Elum up the new Taneum road. He and his family live in a cabin near the base of the tower. Visible from the huge rock hummock are Mt. Baker, Rainier, Stuart and Glacier peak. 'Twenty-two lookouts man stations throughout the Wenatchee forest during this most dangerous fire period of the year,' said Supervisor Gilbert D. Brown today. 'Fire danger is reaching new highs in parts of the forest, and with records pointing to September as the most dangerous fire season of the year, we ask for the utmost cooperation from forest users. Including forest service men, CCC's, and pick-up crews, the forest service can rush up to 500 men to fire locations, said Brown. Lists of men are kept in the office here ready for emergency calls, and all fire fighting equipment is ready to roll.” (The Wenatchee Daily World)
May 1938: Plans were approved for the construction of a combination garage - woodshed.