Excerpts from the Lars John Redberg Diaries of 1909 - 1912 of Life in South Tillamook County especially of Oretown, Oregon.
Edna Redberg very kindly excerpted these interesting portions of the Lars John Redberg Diaries and provided them to NVMS. Note that the complete diaries of Lars John Redberg spanning many years are in the Pioneer Museum in Tillamook, Oregon. They were donated by Erwin and Edna Redberg.
Typed and edited by Dean Bones.Page 22 - January 1909 - October 5, 1909
Oct 6, 1912 - "Della" came to the bar this AM. Too rough to come in.Oct. 7, 1912 - "Della" is still outside. Too rough.
Oct. 12, 1912 - Was home today & worked on house. In evening a heavy run of chinooks came with some silversides. The bar was a moving mass of seemingly thousands of fish.
Oct. 13, 1912 - Heavy run of fish still on. "Della" came in today.
Oct. 14, 1912 - Miss Dorothy Newell is teacher. Cannery is blocked wtih fish. Got about 45 tons in one day, mostly chinooks.
Oct. 21, 1912 - Cannery is blocked again..
Oct. 23, 1912 - Herbert & Louise came home from their eastern trip. Gathered at Porter's with friends & neighbors. All had a good time. Refreshments served by bride & groom.
Oct. 24, 1912 - Fisherman still fishing on the 75 per boat limit.Oct. 26, 1912 - Mr. Green still painting & varnishing.
Oct. 31, 1912 - Most of the fishermen quit as the cannery cut the price of fish to 1 1/2 cents per pound for all good red salmon.
Nov. 1, 1912 - Herbert, Frankie & I picked last of apples.
Nov. 2, 1912 - I put some lifts, sash locks & curtains on our windows yesterday & today.
Nov. 7, 1912 - Went to beach with Mr. Beckwith & John Fox to lep them find coarse sand for flues.
Nov. 10, 1912 - Bert Ray & I got the balance of our fish money. We made $740.78 this season from Aug. 21 to Oct. 30.Nov. 12, 1912 - Some of Porter's relatives & Mr. Lance arrived from the East.
Nov. 15, 1912 - Willie and I fished some today, but caught nothing. The bay is full of snags now.
Nov. 16, 1912 - I went to Dennis' Sawmill at Neskowin after some strips of finishing lumber for upstairs in our house. I drove Jim & the buggy.
Nov. 20, 1912 - Will Christensen, Ole & I each hauled 1 load of lumber from Weiss' Mill for the Oretown Co-Operative Cheese Factory.
Nov. 21, 1912 - Foundation started by Ole & others.
Nov. 22, 1912 - I took Jim & buggy & returned Steinmasal's carpenter tools. The church foundation is nearly completed.
Nov. 26, 1912 -Lester Atterbury & Arilla Gillock were married at our house at noon today by Rev. Roosa. Present were Mr. & Mrs. Porter, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Porter, Ole Redberg & family, Mr. & Mrs Lane, Mabel, Willie, Sharles Johnson, Mr. Green & wife & ?.
Dec. 1, 1912 - Mr. Green came today to board here while painting & varnishing the Grange Hall.
Dec 2, 1912 - Lester Atterbury & Orilla Gillock were married at our house at noon today by Rev. Roosa. Present were Mr. & Mrs. Porter, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Porter, Ole Redberg & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Lane & Mabel, Willie, Charles Johnson, Mr. Green & wife & I.
Dec. 4, 1912 - Mrs. Green & Little daughter came to stay a few days.Dec. 5, 1912 - I worked 4 1/2 hrs. on New Factory.
Dec. 7, 1912 - I went up to Carvers after his heavy wagon and some things I bought. Carvers left this morning for Canby, Ore.
Dec. 10, 1912 - Hauled household goods over to the bay for Mr. & Mrs. Lester Atterbury. Ira Lance also hauled one load.
Dec. 11, 1912 - Crew of men tearing down old factory
Dec. 12, 1912 - Finished factory removal today. Herbert and Earl & 2 teams got 80 posts from beach.
Dec. 25, 1912 - At our house for Christmas dinner and tree were: Willie, Mr. & Mrs. Porter, Mr. & Mrs. Wm Redberg, Earl, Muriel Richardson, Ole & family, Bert Ray, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Atterbury and daughter Ora, Mrs. Lance & daughters Mabel & Weltha, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Porter, myself and family.
Dec. 30, 1912 -Neskowin's new cheese factory blew off its foundations. Estimated damage at least $250.00/
Dec. 31, 1912 - I did some carpenter work on upstairs in our house.
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