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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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The Western Union Telegraph Company

The rules of this Company require that all messages received for transmission shall be written on the message blank of the Company, under and subject tot he conditions printed thereon, which conditions have been agreed to by the sender of the following message.Thos. T. Eckert, Gen'l Sup't William Orton, Pres't O.H. Palmer, Sec'y New York New York.

Dated: Portland Oreg Aug 25 1871Received at: 1012 PTo: Major G.B. Elliott

Secy Light House Board Washington DC

The point selected by Colonel Williamson & myself is only seventy feet high according to the Cost (sic - "coast") survey. Seven hundred feet east the ground is one hundred twenty feet high. Particulars by mail.

HM Robert48 CntGenl Rate

This message just received at the Office of the Western Union Telegraph Company, Cor. 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., Where any reply should be sent. Direct wires.

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1871-1872 keeper selection and LH building Vol. 336

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Blank No. 1 THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY The rules of this Company require that all messages received for transmission, shall be written on the message blanks of the Company, under and subject to the conditions printed thereon, which conditions have been agreed to by the sender of the following message.

THOS. T. ECKERT, Gen’l Sup’t, WILLIAM ORTON, Pres’t, NEW YORK NEW YORK GEO. H. MUMFORD, Sec’y,

Dated Portland Oregon Oct 12 1872

Received at N.E. cor. 14th St. and Penna. Ave. 7??? c/o Chairman Light House Board

Naihn???

Forty cases containing lens etc invoiced April seventeenth reached San Fran—from Col-Woodruff if Lantern is not included in that invoice it has not been received-

Robert-

32 paid Gnl rate write Woodruff and ask if the Lantern was included??? in the invoice Eng’r 3rd Dist written to Oct 15/72.

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Blank No. 1. THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY The rules of this Company require that all messages received for transmission, shall be written on the message blanks of the Company, under and subject to the conditions printed thereon, which conditions have been agreed to by the sender of the following message.

THOS. T. ECKERT, Gen'l Sup't, New York.

WILLIAM ORTON, Pres't, O.H. PALMER, Sec'y New York.

Dated Portland, Oregon Nov 5 1872

Received at N.E. cor 14th St. & Penna. Ave., Washington, D.C.

To Maj. Elliott

Secy Light House board

Narhn???

Do not want rooms at Astoria Foulweather lens received Lantern not heard from.

Robert

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Arrived by letter November 8/72

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Blank No. 1 THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY The rules of this Company require that all messages received for transmission, shall be written on the message (???) of the Company, under and subject to the conditions printed thereon , which conditions have been agreed to be the sender of the following message.

THOS. T. ECKERT, Gen't Sup't WILLIAM ORTON, Pres't, NEW YORK GEO. H. MUMFORD, Sec'y, } NEW YORK

Dated Portland Oregon Jan 22 1873 Received at N. E. cor. 14th St. and Penna. Ave. To Chairman Light House (???)

Lantern list just read includes missing pieces except floor lights location of foul weather correct according to coast pilot of Oregon corrected bearing sent by mail suspend publication of notice to hearing till telegraphed on my return from Foulweather Roft 44 Paid G Role Q CV (???)

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Feb 3" 1873

Chairman Light House Board Washington D. C.

Sir: The following telegram was sent you today:

"A mistake was made in shipping from New York three boxes of Glass, instead of three of Lanterns Details, mentioned in my telegram Feb. 3". Sixteen boxes were received but I found when I went to Foulweather that three on the list were missing. the mistake occurred East. The Boxes should be sent immediately"

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant,

Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r Thirteenth District

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Box 43 CF missing boxes of lens and glass and skylights 1873

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January 16 (187)3

Colonel I. C. Woodruff, Tompkinsville, New York.

See your letter to Williamson of April first last. Sixteen cased and sixteen pieced have been received, but there are missing of Cape Foulweather lantern, eight lantern posts, sixteen floor lights, sixteen rafters, sixteen tie rods, and Lights Station ready for lighting. Where are they?

Elliot.

Charge to L. H. Board

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January 16

Sir:

The following telegram has been this day sent you:

"See your letter to Williamson of April first last. Sixteen cases and sixteen pieces have been received, but there are missing of Cape Foulweather lantern eight lantern posts, sixteen floor lights, sixteen rafters, sixteen tie rods, and "Station ready for lighting. Where are they?"

Col. I. C. Woodruff. Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. L.H. Engineer. New York City.

Very respectfully, George H. Elliot Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary.

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p-3 letters HM Roberts 1872-1875

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March 5 2

Sir:

I have to inform you that the lantern for Cape Foulweather will be shipped to you, care of Col. Williamson at San Francisco, by the next steamer from New York.

The lantern had better remain at San Francisco till arrangements can be made between you and Col. Williamson to have it shipped direct from San Francisco to Yaquina Bay.

Very Respectfully,

George H. Elliot Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary

Major H.M. Robert Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. L.H. Engineer Portland, Oregon

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March 5 2

Sir:

Please to have the lantern for Cape Foulweather (reported by Ames & Co. of Chicopee, Mass. to be ready) inspected, and if up to the requirements of the contract, see that it is shipped at the expense of Ames & Co. on board steamer for California. The boxes should b e marked "Major H.M. Robert, Care of Col. R.S. Williamson, Light House Engineer, San Francisco, California", and the bill of lading sent to the latter.

Very Respectfully,

George H. Elliot Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary

Col. J. C. Woodruff Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. L.H. Engineer New York City

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Sir.

Please inform this office whether you have received invoices from Saulter Lemormier & Co. of a 1st order F.V.F. lens for Cape Foulweather; also whether the manufacturers of illuminating apparatus at Paris regularly send you invoices with their consignments.

Very respectfully,

George H. Elliot Maj. of Engineers Engineer Secretary

Lt. Col. I.C. Woodruff Eng. 3d & 4th L.H. Dists. New York.

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Sir:

Please inform me whether the lens ordered on the 11th of August last to be sent to the Light House Engineers of the 12th District for use at Cape Foulweather, Oregon, has been forwarded.

Very Respectfully,

George H. Elliot Major of Engineers U.S.A. Engineer Secretary

Lt. Col. I.C. Woodruff Corps of Engineers L.H. Engineers New York, NY

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March 7 2

Sir:

In reply to your letter of the 6th instant, I have to request that you will advise the Board when the lens for Cape Foulweather Light House is sent to San Francisco. The lens should be sent to "Major H.M. Robert, care Major R.S. Williamson, San Francisco" ???.

You will please notify the Board in all cases where lenses are sent.

Very respectfully,

George H. Elliot Major of Engineers U.S.A. Engineer Secretary

Lt. Col. I.C. Woodruff Corps of Engineers U.S.A. L.H. Engineers New York City

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Box 45 CF missing boxes of lens glass and skylights 1873

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February 21 (187)3

Sir:

Inadvertently the original list of contents of boxes containing Cape Foulweather lantern, sent with your letter of the 17th January, was forwarded to Major Robert. Please to send a copy by return mail, and state whether you sent any lantern glass for that Light House, and if so, when, and in how many boxes.

Very respectfully. George H. Elliot. Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary

Col. I. C. Woodruff Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. L. H. Engineer. New York City.

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Portland, Oregon Feb 5, 1873

Chairman Light House BoardWalker

A mistake was made in shipping from New York three boxes of glass instead of lantern details mentioned in my ((illegible) ... ...) sixteen boxes was received but I found when I went (illegible) Foul Weather that there on the list were missing the mistake (illegible) the boxes should be sent immediately.

(sgd) Robert

(illegible)

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February 13, (187)3.

Major N. Michler, San Francisco.

Sixteen boxes and sixteen pieces Foulweather lantern, and three boxes of glass shipped by Ocean Queen from New York in March last. Bill of lading sent to Williamson and received by you. Three boxes containing parts of lantern are missing, and must be in San Francisco. Let Winship hunt(?) them up and inform Robert and Board of result. Suspend all payment for freight.

Elliot

Charge to L. H. Board

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February 13 (187)3

Sir:

The following telegram has been this day sent you:

"Sixteen boxes and sixteen pieces Foulweather lantern and three boxes of glass were shipped by Ocean Queen from New York in March last. Bills la(n)ding sent to Williamson. Three boxes containing parts of lantern missing and must be in San Francisco. Let Winship hunt them up, and inform Robert and Board of result. Suspend all payment for freight."

Very respectuflly. George H. Elliot Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary

Major N. Michler. Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. L.H. Engineer. San Francisco, California.

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1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports

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is received.

The two contracts with B. Simpson and Joseph Bien for work on Yaquina Bay Light House are herewith returned approved and also the contract with C. F. Brown for building Keeper's dwelling at Cape Disappointment, Washington Territory, of which there is but one copy in this office.

Nov. 13.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

The request made to the Commissioner of Customs of which you were informed on the 9th inst. that $774.86 be sent to Col. Duane to pay for the Fog Signal at Cape Flattery has been recalled, and he has been requested instead to send a like sum from the appropriation for expenses of Fog Signals for 1872 for that purpose.

Nov. 14.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

I beg to present to your acquaintance Mr. Chas Nordhoff, for a long time Editor in Chief of one of our principal New York daily papers, who visits the Pacific Coast for literary purposes. He is commended to your courtesies as he has expressed much interest in the workings of the Light House Establishment on your coast.

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1872. Mar. 5

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

I have to inform you that the lantern for Cape Foulweather will be shipped to you, Care of Col. Williamson at San Francisco, by the next steamer from New York.

The lantern had better remain at San Francisco till arrangements can be made between you and Col. Williamson to have it shipped direct from San Francisco to Yaquina Bay.

Mar. 18.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 1st instant relative to payment of bills incurred for Yaquina Bay Light House prior to July 1, 1871, is received.

No additional work should be undertaken at Yaquina without the authority of the Board.

Circular.

Mar. 19.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. TO Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir:

In sending requisitions on general appropriations, you will please send a letter of advice of the kind enclose, and of which it is supposed you have blank forms, giving in all cases the special objects of proposed expenditure.

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1873 Feb. 20 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Your telegram of the 19th instant relative to missing parts of Foulweather lantern ???, is received.

The Ames Manufacturing Company will make the missing parts at once, and they will be done in four weeks.

Feb. 26 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Tools to drill holes in lantern rafters. Foulweather, can be sent you, if not on hand. See drawings. Answer Parts will be bored here.

Feb. 27 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: I have to inform you that I have this day directed George H Rhodes agent, Keystone Portable Forge Co., 40 Cortlandt Street, New York to send you at Portland, Oregon via Pacific Mail Steamship Company, a portable forge No. Two +2, with hood, and have also directed that the bill of lading and invoice of contents of the box or boxers be sent to you as above.

Feb. 27 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Referring further to the telegram of the Board dated February 26th instant, I have to

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Yaquina Bay Built 1869 to 1871

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14 60/100 acres respectively.

The above lots are required fro Light House purposes.

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Nov 30, 1870 From Chairman Lt H Board Adm W.B. Shubrick

Rel to removal of Wreck "Scotland"

Sir: _ I have the honor respectfully to submit in reply to the communications from Geo. W. Elder, Esquire, vice president of the "Old Dominion Steam-ship Company, and from Russell Sturgiss Esquire, dated New York, November 28th 1870, in regard to the withdrawal on the 5th proxims (in accordance with the notice to Mariners issued November 2d 1870) of the light vessel placed in the month of April 1868 to mark the "wreck of the English Steamer Scotland, sunk near the outer entrance to the harbor of New York under authority of the 1st Section of the joint Resolution of Congress approved March 2d 1868 (A.) that it appeared by the last annual report of the Inspector of the District dated September 30th 1870 that the wreck had been removed and the vessel no longer required to be kept in that position for the purpose for which she was originally needed, upon the receipt of which the Inspector was called on, "to report his authority for saying the wreck had been removed." On November 1st last the Inspector transmitted a communication (B) from General John Newton U.S. Engineers, under who direction the operation of removing the wreck had been

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I have the honor to report that I have this day employed Mr. C.B. Talbot as an additional draughtsman, in this office, and ask that his hire be approved from this date @ $150.00 per month. I also inclose the usual oath of office taken by Mr. Talbot. I shall probably need the services of two draughtsmen for three or four weeks.

Very respectfully Your obedient servant [sig.] Henry M. Robert Maj. of Engrs. U.L.H. Engr Thirteenth District

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July 8, 1871 From Engineer Secretary Major George H. Elliot

Free entry of ??? appa. per Steamer Minnesota

Sir: I have the honor to request that the Collector of Customs at New York may be instructed to admit to free entry &c, fifteen cases marked "Lake Huron, Nos. 433 @ 447? containing a third order lens, fixed, 360˚, imported from France for the use of the Light House Establishment per the Steamer "Minnesota"

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July 10, 1871 From Engineer Secretary Major George H Elliot, U.S.A.

Free entry of ??? App for Yaquina Bay - per Str Wyoming

Sir: I have the honor to request that the Collector of Customs at new York may be instructed to admit to free entry, &c, two cases marked Yaquina Bay, Nos. 431, 432", containing a fifth order lens, fixed, 270˚, imported from France per Steamer "Wyoming" for the use of the Light House Establishment.

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Correspondence of LH board 1901-1910

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Department of Commerce and Labor Office Of The Secretary Washington

August 9, 1904

Gentleman:

In accordance with the Board's approval of August 9, 1904, File No. 1053, the Department hereby accepts the resignation of Mr. Edward Rice, of New York, as first assistant keeper at Yaquina Head Light-Station, Oregon, at a compensation of $600 per annum, effective from the close of busness June 30, 1904.

Respectfully,

???

Secretary. JAD.

The Light-House Board.

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1908-09 Keeper Logs

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JOURNAL of Light-station at Yaquina Head Oregon

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October

1 Light breeze S.E. to N.W. and calm. Rain showers to clearing weather. Sea moderate. Bar 29.88. Keeper left sta at 10. for New York on important business. 1st asst went to Newport.

2 Calm to mod and fresh breeze N. thick fog to rain. Sea rough. Bar 29.96. Fogarty & Rowin delivered 30 cases oil and taking away 95 empties. 2nd asst went to Newport.

3 Light breeze N. and calm. Light fog and cloudy, dry to damp. Sea moderate. Bar 30.10. 1st and 2nd assts showing 32 visitors in the tower.

4 Calm and light southerly breeze, cloudy, dry to fair. Sea smooth. Bar 30.12. 1st and 2nd assts changing lens lamp, polishing brass work and stowing oil. Fogarty & Rowin delivering oil.

5 Light to moderate and fresh breeze S.E. and S. to N.W. with rain. Sea smooth. Bar 30.02. 1st asst cleaning reflector. 2nd asst went to Newport.

6 Moderate to light breeze N.W. to N. with rain showers. Sea very rough. Bar 30.26. 1st asst washing. 2nd asst painting floor. 1st & 2nd assts cleaning paint in ???.

7 Calm to light breeze N. light fog to fair. Sea rough to mod. Bar 30. Fogarty & Rowin delivering 25 cases kerosene and 1 case linseed??? oil, 2nd asst picking berries 2 miles from sta. Had 41 visitors.

8 Calm and light variable winds. Part cloudy. Dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.25. 1st asst went to Newport for mail & supplies. 2nd asst showing 11 visitors in tower.

9 Calm to light breeze N. Clear and warm. Sea smooth. Bar 30.18. Fogarty & Rowin completed delivering annual supplies and taking 100 empties. 1st asst picking berries 2 m from sta.

10 Calm clear fine and very warm. Sea smooth. Bar 30.12. 1st and 2nd assts showing 22 visitors in tower. General duties for the day.

11 Calm and light variable winds. Fair to thick fog and to high dry fog. Sea smooth. Bar 29.98. 1st asst went 1 1/2 miles from sta after berries. Had 2 visitors.

12 Calm to light breeze N. fair and warm to high fog and light damp fog. Sea rough. Bar 29.95. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail and supplies.

13 Light breeze S. to N. partly foggy. Sea rough. Bar 30.14. 1st asst went to Newport on business. General duties for the day.

14 Light to moderate and fresh breeze N. light fog to fair. Sea rough. Bar 30.10. 1st asst showing 7 visitors in the tower. 2nd asst working in his quarters.

15 Light to moderate breeze N. clear and fine. Sea rough. Bar 29.97. 1st asst went to Newport. 2nd asst showing 2 visitors in the tower.

16 Calm to light breeze N. to S. Fair. Sea moderate. Bar 30.10. 1st & 2nd assts scrubbing paint in watch room, watch room & lantern floors also brushing and scrubbing stairway and landings.

17 Light south easterly winds and calm, partly cloudy. Dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.02. 2nd asst showing 8 visitors in tower. General duties for the day. A dead whale was sighted about 5:10 PM. Bearing about W.S.W. distant about 1 mile.

18 Light breeze S.E. cloudy, dry, to rain. Sea smooth to moderate. Bar 29.70. 1st and 2nd assts cleaning oil carriers and scrubbed tower, oil room and office floors.

19 Gale S.E. to S. with heavy rain squalls. Sea rough. Bar 29.70. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail and supplies. General duties for the day.

20 Gale to moderate and light breeze S. to S.E. Rain and hail squalls to occasional showers and steady rain. Sea very rough. Bar 29.69. 2nd asst hunting geese. 1st asst cleaning up around barn and grounds.

21 Fresh to moderate and light breeze S. to S.E. rain showers. Sea rough. Bar 30.02. 1st asst working in his quarters. 2nd asst hunting geese 1 mile from sta.

22 Light to moderate breeze E. to S. Cloudy, dry. Sea moderate. Bar 30.10. 1st asst went to Newport. 2nd asst showing 7 visitors in the tower.

23 Light to moderate breeze S.E. to S. and light breeze N. cloudy, dry to rain and light fog. Sea moderate. Bar 30.22. 1st and 2nd assts repairing garden and boundary fences.

24 Calm to light breeze N. Clear and fine. Sea smooth. Bar. 30.18. 1st and 2nd assts putting in window glass. 2nd asst showing 4 visitors in tower.

25 Calm to light breeze N. Clear, sea smooth. Bar. 30.12. 1st and 2nd assts putting in new wicks and changing burners. 2nd asst washing. 1st asst working in the garden.

26 Light and moderate breeze N. clear to partly foggy. Sea very smooth. Bar. 29.99. 1st asst washing. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail and supplies.

27 Calm and light breeze S.E. to E. Cloudy damp to steady rain. Sea smooth. Bar 29.60. 1st asst went 2 miles from on business. General duties for the day.

28 Moderate and fresh breeze S.E. and S. to gale S. and W. and fresh breeze N.W. Occasional rain. Sea rough. Bar 29.50 - 29.78. 1st and 2nd assts killing a beef today.

29 Light and moderate breeze south easterly. Heavy rain showers. Sea moderate. Bar 29.70. 1st asst went to Newport for mail & supplies. Keeper returned to station at 10:00 PM from leave of absence 28 days.

30 Fresh south to south west breeze increasing to a gale sea rough. Continuous rain. Bar 29.68. Twenty cases of oil put in butts. General duties for the day.

31 Fresh to mod south west wind rain. Sea rough. Bar 29.90. General duties for the day.

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Visitor Logs August 15th 1887

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Oregon.

Sept 23 Mata Brown, Monmouth.Sept 23 J. J. Ferguson, Monmouth.Sept 24 Sept 24 Mrs. S. A. McDowell, Brownsville.Sept 24 N. J. Kirk, Brownsville, Oregon. 1691Sept 26 E A Goodrich, Lebanon.Sept 26 A. W. McCurdy, Lebanon.Sept 26 [P?] Hansen, Lebanon.Sept 26 [W?] J Bradley, Lebanon.Sept 26Sept 26 C E. Webster & Wife, Portland.Sept 26 [C A Archibald?] & Wife, Portland.Sept 26 Miss Elly Welch, Mehama, Oregon.Sept 27 Dr J. H. Welsh, Middletown, Indiana.Sept 27 Anna [Bartour?] Welch, Middletown, Indiana.Sept 27 Minny Wilson, New York City.Sept 28 C. A. Gould, [Corvallis?], Oregon.Sept 28 Geo. E McDonald, Philomath, Oregon. 17,05October 2 Emma Pfeiffer, Peoria, Illinois.October 2 Margaret Pfeiffer, Peoria, Illinois.October 2 Walter McIlree, Peoria, Oregon.October 3 L W Mulvany, Benton County.October 3 Daisy Mulvany, Benton County.October 3 Emma Mulvany, Benton County.October 3 Anna Mulvany, Benton County.October 3 Della Mulvany, Benton County.October 3 Ora Mulvany, Benton County.October 3 A [G?] Mulvany, Benton County. 1715October 5 S E Rhodes, Dalas.October 5 John W Vert, Wilcox, Missouri.October 5 Arman L Guthrie, Dallas.October 5 James C Guthrie, Dallas.October 5 Elmer Guthrie, Dallas, " " .October 5 J [F?] Guthrie, Dallas, " " .

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