1871-1900 Yaquina Head Lighthouse Letter books

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1891 Lighthouse Keepers Logs

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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather

January 1891

1 Fresh breeze to a light gale S.E. to S.W. these 24 hours with rain showers during the 24 hours- Sea little rough- General duties for day - Keeper went to Newport to take the quarterly returns Left the station at 9 A.M.

2 Moderate and fresh breeze to a gale these 24 hours- with rain most of the time- Sea rough - General duties for the day- Keeper returned to the station at 1 P.M.

3 Gale to fresh and moderate breeze S. to southwest first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light to moderate fresh breeze East to South with rain most of the 24 hours - Sea very rough - General duties for day -Keeper & Mr. Smith pumping water out of the cistern.

4 Light to moderate breeze S.E. to South these 24 hours first part little rough- last part of 24 hours rain & sea rough- General duties for day barometer going down -1st asst. went to Newport today.

5 Light and moderate variable winds showery weather during first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze S.W. to South to a gale -Sea rough- 1st Asst and Keeper cleaning out the cistern- keeper went to Newport to take Mr. Smith to Newport to get some medicine he is not feeling well and may have to go and see a Doctor before he comes back - Left the station at 10 A.M. - had some hail thunder and lightening - Barometer going up.

6 Gale fresh breeze S. East to N.W. with rain hail and snow squalls during first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours Light S. East winds rain showers- Sea rough - Barometer going up - General Duties for day -

7 Light to moderate and fresh breeze East these 24 hours first part of the 24 hours little damp -Last part of 24 hours clear dry & cool - Sea quite smooth - General duties for day - 1st asst. went to Newport today.

8 Fresh Breeze East these 24 hours with clear fine and cool weather. Sea

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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather

January 1891

8: smooth - General duties for the day- Sea makeing up a little at 3 P.M.

9: Fresh breeze East dry and cool there 24 hour - Sea quite rough - General duties for the day - Keeper went to Newport after Mr. I. L. Smith but though it not prudent to come back as yet.

10: Light East wind clear find and cool weather during the 24 hours - Sea rough - General duties for the day.

11: Light East wind clear find and cool during the 24 hours - Sea smooth - General duties for the day - Steamer Willamett Valley sailed by for San Francisco - 1st asst went to Newport today.

12: Fresh breeze to a gale to moderate breeze East these 24 hours with clear fine and cool weather during 24 hours - Sea quite rough - General duties for the day -Keeper went to Newport after Mr I.L. Smith. Mr. Smith returned to the station at 5 P.M. His cold is much better and it is better that he should not go on watch for a few days yet. The barometer is going down a little.

13: Light East to S. East wind first part of 24 hours clear fine weather - Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry - light S. East wind - Sea smooth- General duties for day - Barometer going down.

14: Light S. East to East wind with rain first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours Light to moderate breeze. East to South little damp - Sea smooth - General duties for day - Keeper working in shop today.

15: Light to moderate and fresh breeze to a light gale these 24 hours with rain showers first part of 24 hours - Sea rough - General duties for day - 1st asst went to Newport - Keeper working in shop today.

16: Fresh breeze south to light S.East wind these 24 hours cloudy but dry weather during the 24 hour. Sea rough. Barometer going down- General duties for day. Keeper working in the shop today.

17: Fresh to moderate Breeze South these 24 hours rain first part of 24 hours last part of 24 hours coudy but dry- Sea rough. General duties for the day- Keeper went to Newport for recreation. Left the station at 9:30 A.M.

18: Fresh to moderate breeze south these 24 hours first part of 24 hours rain. last part of 24 hours coudy but dry. Sea rough. General duties for the day. Str. Willamette Valley arrived off the bar at 10 A.M. yesterday to rought to enter and ??? out. Keeper Frank M. Plummer arrived at the station at 1:30 P.M. today.

19: Light variable winds with thick fog showers during first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours Light N.W. wind fair weather sea very rough. General duties for the day. Keeper Sweepting out the shop. Two rough for the Willamette to enter Yaquina Bay.

20: Light variable winds & calm fair and clear fair & warm weather during the 24 hours - Sea quite rough - Steamer Willamett Valley crossed the bar this morning - Keeper cleaning illumunating apparatus.

21: Fresh breeze to moderate and lgiht East wind these 24 hours with clear fine and warm weather - Sea moderately smooth - General duties for the day - Keeper makeing a chimney box for tower - 1st asst went to Newport.

22: Light S. East to East wind these 24 hours dry and clear sea smooth - General duties doe the day - Steamer Willamett Valley sailed today - Keeper working in shop today.

23: Light South wind & calm these 24 hours damp during 24 hours - Sea very rough - General duties for day - Keeper went to Newport for recreation - Left the station at 1. P. M.

24: Light and moderate breeze South with rain showers during the 24 hours - General duties

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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon

February 1891

9: Light East to S. East wind to fresh breeze South these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours damp. Last part of 24 hours rain. Sea smooth. General duties for the day.

10: Light winds varying from N.W. to S.W. first part of 24 hours with frequent rain showers. Last part of 24 hours light to moderate breeze N.W. showery. Sea smooth General duties for day. Mr. Smith went to Newport.

11: Light to moderate and fresh breeze to a gale South with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze W.NWest rain hail & snow squalls. Sea little rough. General duties for day. 1st asst went to Newport.

12: Fresh breeze W. N.W to S.W. and South with rain hail & snow squalls first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours gale S. to S.W. rain hail thunder & lightening. Sea very rough. General duties for the day.

13: Fresh breeze to moderate & light wind S.West to S. East with rain, hail & snow squalls during the 24 hours. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. Steamer Willamett Valley arrived off the bar but to rough to enter. Keeper went to Newport to get some supplies, left the station at 9.30 A.M.

14: Fresh breeze West to S.East & South these 24 hours with frequent rain, hail & snow squalls. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. Keeper returned to the station at 11 A.M. Had 3 visitors.

15: Light S.East to South wind these 24 hours with rain, hail and snow showers first part of 24 hours. Sea smooth. Steamer Willamett Valley outside yet. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. General duties for day. Keeper went fishing today. Str Willamett Valley crossed the bar at 4 P.M.

16: Light East to South wind these 24 hours, clear fine and cool weather. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. Keepers went fishing today.

17: Light S.East wind these 24 hours, first part of 24 hours hail & snow. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea very smooth. Keeper & 1st asst went fishing. General duties for the day. Mr Isaac L. Smith left the station at 11 A.M. for Newport to bring Mrs Smith home.

18: Light to moderate & fresh breze S.E. to S. and S.West & South with frequent rain showers during the 24 hours. Sea very smooth. Keepers killed a hog today. 1st went to Newport. Mr Smith returned to the station at 11.30 A.M.

19: Fresh breeze S.West to light West wind to fresh breeze W. these 24 hours with frequent rain, hail and snow squalls. Sea rough. General duties for day. Keeper wen to Newport to get supplies. Left the station at 1 P.M.

20: Fresh breeze West these 24 hours with frequent rain, hail & snow squalls. Sea rough. General duties for the day. Keeper returned to the station at 3 P.M. Mr Isaac L. Smith went to Newport after his Wife. Left the station at 4 P.M.

21: Strong breeze S.W. to light East and N.East wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours rain, hail and snow. Last part of 24 hours light rain. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. The barometer is going down quite low. Steamer Chance crossed over the Yaquina bar. Mr Smith returned to the station at 3 P.M.

22: Light N. East wind first part of 24 hours with light rain. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds and calm, light showers. Sea very smooth. General duties for day. Barometer down to 29.16.

23: Light N.W. to S.East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours moderate to fresh breeze S.E. to S.W. with hail & snow squalls during 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for day. 1st asst went to Newport.

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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon

February 1891

24 Light and moderate breeze S.E. to N.W. these 24 hours with hail snow and rain squalls - Sea smooth - General duties for day - Barometer going up fast - Keeper went to Newport after mail I hear that there is a small Sloup on North beach about 2 miles that came ashore about the 20th of month.

25 Light to moderate and fresh breeze W. to S.W. these 24 hours - little damp during 24 hours - Sea smooth - 1st asst and M. I. L. Smith putting 200 galls of Mineral oil in Oil room. Today Keeper went up north beach to see [w]reck of the sloop - Keeper went to Newport to take the mail - Left station at 2:00 am.

26 Fresh to moderate breeze S. W. to S. East these 24 hours first half of 24 hours rain last part of 24 hours fair weather - Sea very smooth - General duties for the day - Keeper went fishing today - Steamer Willamette Valley]] sailed today - Barometer going down - Keeper returned to the station at 9.30. A. M.

27 Light S. E. to East wind these 24 hours with rain first part of 24 hours - Last half of 24 hours clear fine weather - Sea quite smooth - Keeper & Mr. Smith went fishing - Mr. Smith also working in shop today.

28 Moderate and light E. & N.E to North west these 24 hours first half of 24 hours rain - Last part fair weather - Sea very smooth - General duties for the day - Keeper and M. I. L. Smith went to Newport

March

1 Light N.W. to East wind these 24 hours dry during 24 hours and fair weather - Sea smooth - General duties for the day . Keepers went fishing Today.

2 Moderate & light East to N.W. these 24 hours clear day and cold during 24 hours - Sea very smooth - General duties for day - Keepers went fishing Had three visitors - 1st asst went to Newport.

3 Light N. East to North wind and calm day and cold and clear weather during 24 hours - Sea very smooth General duties for the day - Keeper went to Newport - 1st asst and Mr. Smith went fishing

4 Light variable winds these 24 hours snow hail & rain during 24 hours - Sea very smooth - General duties for the day - Steamer Manzanita arrived off the Yaquina bar at 1 P.M and put some buoys down. And at 2:30 P.M. is laying off West of the light and then sailed north

5 Moderate and fresh breeze S. E. to East with rain and snow first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light East to N.W. wind fair weather - Sea quite smooth - General duties for day - Keeper went fishing today.

6 Light N.W. to East calm dry & fair weather during 24 hours - Sea very smooth - General duties for the day. Mr. Smith working in garden - Keeper went to Newport on important business. Left the station at 9 A. M. Steamer Willamette Valley arrived this morning

7 Light east to N. West wind these 24 hours with clear fair but cool weather during 24 hours Sea very smooth - 1st asst and Mr. I. L. Smith working in garden - Keeper returned to the station at 3:00.

8 Light N.W. to S. East wind first part of 24 hours fair weather - Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze to a gale South rain Sea moderately smooth - General duties for day - Keeper went fishing

9 Strong to fresh and moderate breeze S. to N.W. rain first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours fair weather - Sea smooth - General duties for the day -

10 Light N.W. to East wind first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light to moderate

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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon

March 1891

10: and fresh breeze N.W. clear fair and cool weather sea smooth - Keeper & 1st asst went to Newport - 1st asst & Mr. Smith working in garden

11: Moderate and light N. W. to East wind these 24 hours with clear fair and cool weather during 24 hours - Sea very smooth - Keeper went to Newport - 1st asst & Mr. Smith working in garden.

12: Fresh to moderate breeze East to S. East these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours fair weather - Last part of 24 hours rain - Sea very smooth - General duties for day - Keeper went fishing

13: Moderate and wind East to S. E. and South these 24 hours - First part of 24 hours thick weather and light rain showers - Sea very smooth - General duties for the day. Steamer George Chance crossed the bar - Mr. Isaac L. Smith went to Newport for recreation. Left at 10 A.M.

14: Light S. East wind first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light variable winds fair weather during these 24 hours - Sea smooth - Keeper planting garden - 1st asst showing visitors in tower Had 4 visitors Today - Steamer Chance sailed today - Mr. Isaac L. Smith returned to the station at 1:00 am.

15: Light humid S. to S. East with fair weather during first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours Moderate breeze South rain - Sea smooth - General duties for day - Keeper went to Newport.

16: Light S. to S. East wind with fog showers first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light N. West wind fair weather - Sea smooth - 1st asst went fishing - Keeper & Mr. I. L. Smith planting garden.

17: Light N.W. to S. East wind fair weather first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light to moderate & fresh breeze S. E. to S. rain - Sea smooth - Keeper & Mr. I. L. Smith planting garden. - Also went fishing today.

18: Light S. East wind and fair weather first part of 24 hours - last part of 24 hours fog showers - Sea smooth - General duties for day - Mr. Smith spading in garden - Keeper went to Newport on bussiness - Left the station at 9 A.M. - 1st asst also went to Newport.

19: Fresh to moderate breeze S.W. to West and N. West these 24 hours - Rain & fog showers most of 24 hours - Sea smooth - General duties for day - Keeper returned to the station at 1.P.M.

20: Moderate to fresh breeze South with fog and light rain showers - during 24 hours sea little rough - General duties for the day - The barometer is going down a little.

21: Fresh breeze S. to S. W. West and N. West

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