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 Carl, 7th grader, and Kurt, 6th grader, during the fall of 2002 and were edited by Dean Bones.

Aug. 6, 1910 - I went to the dock this morning after a load of supplies. I hauled about 1800 pounds. After dinner today our brick chimney and kitchen stove pipe caught fire and burned fiercely. We had some trouble keeping the house from catching fine.

Aug. 8, 1910 - I worked with my team 8 hours grading for Mr. Common's new house today. Pete Neururer worked eight hours by hand. There were three carpenters working on Common's new barn today. 

Aug. 10, 1910 - Herbert Porter took Elma to Tillamook today. She is suffering with a severe case of toothache.

Aug. 14, 1910 - Father and mother attended church with us this evening at Meda.

Aug. 16, 1910 - I hauled a load of lumber from Foster's Mill for Common's today.

Aug. 20, 1910 - I hauled a load of gravel from Foster's gravel bar for Mr. Common.

Aug. 21, 1910 - In the evening, Mrs. Bisconer preached at church.

Aug. 22, 1910 - I hauled 30 cases of cheese, on Follett's account, to the dock this morning, and I hauled 40 lunches of shingles from the dock for Mr.Commons. Also 1032´ of lumber from Foster's Bros. Mill for Mr. Commons.

Aug. 23, 1910 - Ole came home from the "marsh" ? this evening for a few days off to hunt with Joe & Charles Rogers, Mr. Patten, and Mr. Myers. I sold my bull today for $20.00 to Dan Savage.

Aug. 24, 1910 - Smoke is very thick this evening. People at Cloverdale 7 Hebo are fighting fires. I heard today that Grand Ronde Reservation is burning, and the fires are on this side of Dolph this evening. 

Aug. 25, 1910 - There are large fires everywhere. Nearly all the hills and mountains on this part of the coast & valley are on fire. Still no sign of rain. 8300 acres of timber has burned in southern Oregon lately.

Aug. 30, 1910 - I helped Mr. Commons haul hay from his stacks to his barn today. Rained some late today. 

Sept. 3, 1910 - I left home this morning on my way my way to Willamina after 500 bricks for Mr. Commons. I loaded my wagon at Willamina this evening & camped near the river.

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