Excerpts from the Lars John Redberg Diaries of 1909 - 1912 of Life in South Tillamook County especially of Oretown, Oregon.

NVMS students typed these excerpts during the fall of 2002. Edna Redberg very kindly excerpted these interesting portions of the diaries and provided them to NVMS. The complete diaries of Lars John Redberg are in the Pioneer Museum in Tillamook, Oregon. They were donated by Erwin and Edna Redberg.

The following diary entries were typed by Dean A., 6th grader, and Lauren, 7th grader, during the fall of 2002 and were edited by Dean Bones.

January 1909 - October 5, 1909

Jan. 7, 1909 - 2 inches of ice covered by 7" snow.  Snowed nearly all day.

Jan.10, 1909 - 30° in our front room last nite.  Went sleigh riding making a visit to J.K. Whiteman.

Jan. 10, 1909 - Kept a fire till 12:00 A.M., but this morning thermometer read 26° in house.

Jan. 12, 1909 - Thermo. reading in Cloverdale last nite was 4° above zero. The bay is almost entirely covered with ice.

Jan. 13, 1909 - Bay is covered over entirely and was 1 inch of new snow. (Even thro. terrible rain & wind storms the huge snow drifts remained. On Jan. 29, some drifts are 8 feet deep largest. March 13, 1909, he entered the snow drift was finally all gone.) (First part of his entries for 1909 are all weather report.)

April 18, 1909 - Thermo at 28°. Lloyd & Will Miller, William Braq, D.J. Dunn, L.E. Whiteman, Lester and Arthur Atterbury went over the bar in Miller Bros. gasoline launch. Got in trouble and were picked up by Captain Tabell on the "Della." Millers launch went in on the beach. Captain Labell attempted to tow it in against the tide, but had to cut it loose.

April. 20, 1909 - Miller Bros. boat off the beach. We need rain very much. Grass is short. I'm still feeding 15 head of cattle once a day.

May. 23, 1909 - 65 people at Sunday school.

June. 1,1909 - Went to Ocean Park today to help Dan Fletcher bring home a cow he bought.

June. 5, 1909 - Strong winds blew the Schooner "Della" in on the beach, Captain Tabell in command.

Aug. 13,1909 - We all went to Cloverdale to a show by J. Frank Pickering of Ben-Hur.

Aug. 19,1909 - Shocked oat hay for Mr. Fletcher.

Sept. 14, 1909 - A little after 7:00 P.M. Charlie Ray's big barn caught fire. Both barns and sheds burned to the ground.

Sept. 15, 1909 - We heard today that George Kellow's big barn burned to the ground a few hours before Charlie Ray's.

Oct. 5, 1909 - Mr. Porter and I were at Curre's place sawing wood to-day.

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