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1858

Chas. E. Greene, Living eight miles south of Woodland.

January—1st. The year begins with a strong north-west wind.

6th. Coldest night of the season.

11th. Very dry. Wind southeast. Showers. Clears off.

13th. Considerable rain fell last night. Wind south-east turns to north, and clears off. Heavy frost during the night. Ground frozen half an inch.

23th. [sic] I think the rain has been the best of any for three years. Heavy fog during the last of the month.

February—13th. Wind southwest. Cloudy.

14th. Rain in afternoon.

15th. Wind southeast. Rained all night and day.

16th. Rained all last night and this morning. 5 PM—Brown's levee gone. But little rain after 10 AM. It is now raining. Wind southeast.

17th. Rained all night very hard. Puto Creek down two feet. Came up and overflowed its banks this P.M. No rain to-day.

18th. Creek commenced falling again about sundown. Is now down eight feet. Squatters are plowing out claims back of the field.

20th. Creek down twenty feet this morning.

March—4th. Strong north wind.

5th. Wind so strong that no one works to-day.

11th. Cattle affected with dry murrain and hollow horn.

18th. Blows like a hurricane, cold, from northwest.

23d. Clay getting dry. Have had a heavy frost.

29th. Wind southeast. Rained most of the night. Favorable prospects for a fine yield of grain.

31st. Circle around the sun.

April—1st. Wind southeast. Showery. I see by the Sacramento Union that this storm was the equinoctial, and that three inches of rain fell there.

3rd. Frost last night. Clear and cold.

9th and 10th. Strong northwest wind. Grain growing finely.

13th. Volunteer barley heading out.

18th. Crops look very fine.

20th. Warm and sultry.

21st. Where ground was not overflowed grain begins to curl. Rain wanted badly. Wind north.

22nd. Strong north wind.

24th. The last week has changed our prospects for a crop; it will be light unless we get rain at once.

26th. It looks discouraging to see a fine crop cut down by the drouth.

May—1st. Commenced mowing on ground that did not overflow.

4th and 5th. Stiff northwest wind.

6th. Strong north wind all day and night. Grain damaged considerably. Wind is cooler than usual at this time of year.

7th. Strong north wind for the last four days—the longest blow of the season; but its being cool is favorable to the grain.

11th. Men asking $50 per month, but I hire none at that price; have engaged some at $40 per moth through haying and harvest. Wind southwest.

13th. A number of men coming and going all the time.

14th. Cold, south west wind. Overflowed grain, sowed early, is looking well; later sown, though overflowed, is not doing so well.

17th. Warm; grain ripening where not overflowed and very light.

26th. A little rain—not enough to do any good.

29th, 30th, and 21st. Strong northwest wind. Grain not overflowed terribly dried up and shriveled.

July—1st. Tax-collector here and made a great scattering among the men. Commenced threshing.

August—13th. Wind southeast.

14th. Few drops of rain. We have threshed and hauled to market a little raising of 10,000 bushels of wheat.

September—29th. Finished threshing to-day; have been at it since the 1st of July.

October—4th. The great comet appears to be very large; supposed to be the one that was to destroy the earth last year; seems to be no fear of its knocking us into a cocked hat.

21st. Rain commenced about midnight, and we were much surprised.

22nd. We have had twenty-four hours' rain, that has wet the ground down about six to eight inches; a trifle less than three inches fell in Sacramento.

28th. Commenced plowing.

December—2d. Strong north wind. Creek nearly frozen over last night.

9th. Have had a week of freezing nights. Ice from half to three-quarters of an inch thick.

31st. Have sowed in December 760 acres of wheat.

Extracts from Journals Kept by Chas. E. Greene, W.J. Clarke, Jay Green, and S.B. Holton, from 1854 to 1879, inclusive.

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