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January 1892,
1: Fresh and moderate breeze South to S. East for first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light S.E. wind with rain during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth - General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport to take mail.

2: Gale to fresh breeze and light South wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds with rain during 24 hours. Sea rough. General duties for that day. Keeper & 2nd Asst went to Newport.

3: Light N. West to East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light East to N. E. and North wind with rain during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper taking cover off of oil cases.

4: Light variable winds these 24 hours with light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea quite smooth. Steamer Willamett Valley sailed today. Keeper fitting panes of glass in Keepers dwelling that the storm broke out. 1st asst went to Newport.

5: Light East wind these 24 hours dry and cool during 24 hours & clear - Sea smooth. Keeper went to Newport to take the burned out Lamp pipe [?] and key [?] to sent to Portland by express. 1st and 2nd Assts putting 200 Gall of Oil in Oil room.
6: Strong to moderate breeze East dry fair & cool weather during first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours rain showers. Sea smooth. 1st Asst went fishing. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport after supplies. Left station at 9.A.M.
7: Light East wind these 24 hours with cloudy but dry during 24 hours. Sea smooth. 1st asst went fishing. General duties for the day. Keeper G.M. ??? returned to the station at 1.30. P.M.
8: Light variable winds with light rain showers during the 24 hours. Sea smooth. Steamer Chance??? crossed the bay into Newport. Keepers went fishing. Keeper taking old lock off of tower door and fitting a new one on.
9: Light S. East wind with thick damp fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds fair weather. Sea very smooth. Keeper & 2nd Asst putting new knob and lock on tower door. !st asst Mrs??? Edward Nice??? went to Newport and fishing. Also Keeper & 2nd Asst went fishing.
10: Light N. East to N. and N.W. wind these 24 hours with fair weather during 24 hours. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. Keepers went fishing today.
11: Light S. East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds & calm cloudy but dry during 24 hours. Sea very smooth. Keeper & 2nd asst working in garden. Keeper also digging clams on beach. 1st asst fishing and went to Newport. Received new lamper??? pipe and key from Eugene??? today.
12: Light S. East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds and calm with fair weather during 24 hours. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went fishing today.
13: Moderate to fresh freeze East dry and cool first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light S. East wind light rain showers. Sea smooth. General duties for day. Steamer Willamett Valley sailed today. 2nd Asst went to Newport.
14: Moderate breeze S. E. to light variable winds these 24 hours first part of 24 hours light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport. A steamer came down from north and crossed in to Yakima at 9.A.M.

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Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses

In case you're wondering: The Head Keeper was Frank M. Plummer, he was the longest serving keeper at Yaquina Head. Promoted from 1st asst. in 1886 he retired in 1908 at age 53 after 30 years of service here. The 1st assistant was Edward Rice, he started as a 2nd assistant in 1888 at Yaquina Head and was promoted in 1890 (he was unmarried). He retired at age 58 in 1904 after serving 16 years here. The 2nd assistant in 1892 was Issac L. Smith, I don't know much about him except he moved to the Umpqua Lighthouse in 1894 to be the 1st assistant there. Another neat note, Frank's wife Melinda Plummer was hired as a laborer from Oct. 1888 to June 1890. She was the only paid female staff ever to work for the US Lighthouse Service at Yaquina Head.