This month in Oregon History
Oregonian, March 10, 1918
Total Eclipse of the Sun in 1869 is Recalled: Old Residents of Oregon Tell of Fear Caused and of Chickens Going to Roost in Daytime.
If my memory serves me right I would say the seventh day of August , 1869, was called the Dark Day of Oregon...I also remember hearing of some being badly scared, thinking the judgment day had come.
Prayers were offered up by the parents, a few 'cuss' words by the boys, but a watchful eye kept on the sun. Finally just as the last sparkle of the sun was shut in the old man took his wife by the hand and said, 'Mother, come with me and we will die together,' and they went into the house.
It got dark and after the eclipse the sun shone again and we got another load of hay. People those days worked until night.
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