Digitization of 50 Journals from 1877-1931 by Andrew A. Quarnberg

Material Description

Andrew A. Quarnberg was a horticulturist, "nut experimenter" and pioneer who became a Clark County Commissioner just one year after moving here. During his six years as commissioner (1892-1898) the county bought its first rock crusher and road roller to construct the first macadamized road in the county. In the fall of 1895 he became weather observer for the State Agricultural College at Pullman for a year. He continued the work as cooperative observer of the United States weather bureau, recording the maximum and minimum temperatures; the amount of precipitation; the direction of the wind, the date of the flowering of the fruit trees and weather conditions during that period; amount of snow, sleet, hail and miscellaneous weather phenomenon each season. In 1909, Quarnberg was appointed district horticultural inspector and served four years in the territory including Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. After moving to Clark County in 1891, Quarnberg began experimenting with more than 70 varieties of filbert and walnut trees and was considered an expert by his peers. He prepared reports for various walnut grower and horticultural associations throughout the Northwest. His experiments with English walnuts resulted in a new strain known as the Quarnberg variety. Quarnberg was also a producer of prunes which was an industry that led Vancouver to be labeled the prune capital of the world due to the high per capita production. These journals and ephemera touch on many topics such as industry, agriculture, politics, immigration, linguistics, and weather. The journal ends two years before his death in 1933 and a decade before WWII which brought huge change to Clark County through the Kaiser shipyards. The journals, along with a weather box and rain gauge, were donated to CCHM in 1975 by two of AA Quarnberg's granddaughters Alice Quarnberg Bowers and Lucile Moss Harlow.

Year Added:



Clark County Historical Museum


Ms. Katie Anderson
Clark County Historical Museum

Mr. Robert
Archives Specialist

Mr. Ms. Nicole
Interim Library Director

Collaborating Institution(s)

Washington State University - Vancouver

Date Range

1877 - 1931

Geographic Scope

Vermillion, South Dakota and the Washington Counties of Clark, Skamania and Klickitat.


  • 50 Manuscripts