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Rob Roberts and Jerry Lema with the Bosch-Omori seismograph
Rob Roberts and Jerry Lema with the Bosch-Omori seismograph

Every morning the Bosch-Omori seismograph, housed at the Ferndale Museum, is checked for earthquake recordings and reset.  Jerry Lema and Rob Roberts maintain the machine, and are eager to train a new generation of volunteers. Contact Rob.

The Tin Can Seismologist

By Paul Rasmussen Smith

At 5:10 in the morning on April 18, 1906, 17-year-old Joe Bognuda, the son of Swiss immigrants who were dairy farmers at Sears Point, was milking cows with his father, Natale.  “All at once,” Joe told an interviewer, “the earth started trembling and I heard a big crash in the horse barn. The shaking had thrown our horse backwards across the barn and through a wall, landing outside on the top of a manure pile.”  

(read full article here)

seismograph story


We welcome your visit February through December

Corner of Shaw & Third Streets:
515 Shaw (Map

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Ferndale Museum
Post Office Box 431
Ferndale, California 95536-0431 USA

Summer Hours
Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1-4 p.m.
June, July, August and September.
Genealogy assistance available.
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