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Vol 348 Engineer Reports 13th Dist. 1873 and 1874 CF Exhibted YB Discontinued

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Supported decayed joists on south side of 1” of 2” floors of Keeper’s dwelling with girders and posts. Replaced outside cellar doors. Commenced running Fog Signal during foggy weather- Inspected Station and made estimates for thorough renovation repairs. Ediz Hook Lt Station, W.T. Inspected Station & made rough plans & estimate for Repairs. New Dungenness Lt Station, W.T. Inspected Station, and made plans & estimates for work of c-reading Steam Fog Signal Smith Island Lt Station, W.T. Indspected & made estimates for repairs- Admirarlty Head LH Station, W.T. Inspected and made estimaties for thorough repairs, and rough plans. Very respectfully, Chairman Light-House Board, Henry M Robert Washington DC Maj of Eng’rs & LH Eng’r Thirteenth District

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon, Sept 9, 1873

SIR: I have the honor to make the following Report of Operations for the month of August 1873. Cape Foulweather Lt Station, Ogn Completed work on Lt-House & lantern, instructed keepers to exhibited the light for the first time on the night of August 20”. New Dungenness Lt Station, W.T. Completed detail plans and estimates of fog signal house. Purchased materials and sent men in charge of Supt of repairs, to erect fog whistle. Make contract for boiler for Fog Signal. Probable Operations for September Commence building house and cistern. Complete transportation and hauling of material. Admiralty Head Lt Station, W.T. Probable operations for September. Commence painting dwelling. Columbia River LH Station, Ogn Begin building Road in September, if plan forwarded is approved by Light House Board. Point no Point LH Station, W.T. Begin in September building road and clearing land of heavy timber, if Report of April 30th is approved by the Light-house Board. Very Respectfully, Chairman Light-House Board, Henry M Robert Washington DC Maj of Eng’rs & L.H. Eng’r

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Copy of the Warranty Deed for the purchase from Lester P. Baldwin and Sophronia S. Baldwin of the land upon which the light house is built at Yaquina Point accompanied by a plat of the ground bearing date the twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy one. The original of this Deed was forwarded to the Board by my predecessor, Major Henry M Robert, enclosed in letter of May 4th, 1871. The second is a copy of a “Map of plat of Cape Foulweather Light House Reservation” duty certified to by WH Odell, Surveyor General of Oregon to have been examined and approved by him, at Eugene City, April 20th, 1872. In reply to the communication from the Board, dated November 13, 1873, assisting information relative to sites of the character referred to in the opinion of the Honorable the Attorney General under date of the 4th of the same month reference being had to submarine sites, or those located on

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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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I have the honor to state that in this District all bids for work, Government or private, are made in coin.

Your letter of July 20 was not received till after the bids were made on this contract. When I found that the contract could not be made in Legal Tenders, excepting by adding five per cent to the present equivalent in Legal Tenders to cover all contingencies.

This would add $600 to the contract price; therefore, I have made the contract in coin.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M. Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r, Thirteenth District

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Office of the Light House EngineerThirteenth DistrictPortland, Oregon, July 22 ???? (1871)

Rear Admiral W.B. Shubrick

Chairman Light House Board,Washington, D.C.

Sir:

The following is my annual report of Light House Operations to July 1, 1871.

This district embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of the United States north of the boundary between California & Oregon (crossed out "42nd parallel of latitude).

Inspector - Commodore Alfred Taylor, USN

Engineer to March 31, 1871. Major L.S. Williamson Corps of Engineers.

Major Henry M. Robert Corps of Engineers U.S.A. present Engineer

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27Office, L.H. Engineer, 13th District,Portland, Oregon,August. 5., 1871.

HENRY M. ROBERT,Maj. of Engr's & L.H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District.

Transmit for approvalContracts2 with Ben Simpson2 -"- (with) Joseph Bien1 -"- (with) C.F. BrownExplanation etc

[Stamp OFFICE OF THE LIGHT HOUSE BOARD AUG 17 1871]

Johnson, has not Maj Robert directed (obscured) date of this contract to make use of the ??? of the Pacific Coast for the same date (missing word) inclosed Bein for. - E

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information as to whether I am right in my views upon the subject.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Henry M. Robert

Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r, Thirteenth District

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chimney tops made - and will be shipped in October.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

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

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Very Respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r Thirteenth District

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Office of the (Light House Engineer)Thirteenth District

Portland, Oregon May 3 (1872)

Chairman Light House Board,

Washington, D.C.

SIR:I have the honor to make the following Report of Operations for the month of March 1872.

Cape Foulweather Lt Station Oregon 1871-72Completed and Inspected one third of metal work for Tower.Work delayed by partial wreck of Schooner engaged in Transportation of Light House Materials: no loss to Light House Establishment. Surveyed Lt. Ho Reservation-Probable operations in April.Deliver materials. Commence work on foundation. Continuous Inspection

Cape Flattery Lt. Station Wash. Feb 1872Continued work on Cistern & Transportation of Materials from Neah Bay, but Through the want of mail communications have not yet received definite accounts of the amount of work.Probable Operations in April.Continue excavation and Transportation. Send men to erect Fog Signal.

Very respectfully,Your obedient servent,Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'rThirteenth District.

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Office of the Light House (Engineer)Thirteenth District,Portland, Oregon, May 3rd, 1872

Chairman Light House Board,Washington, D.C.Sir:

I have the honor to make the following Report of Operations for the month of April 1872.

Cape Foulweather Light Station Oregon, 1871-2.Inspected by L.H. Clerk. Delivered Rock, Gravel, sand. Laborers commenced work on Foundation.Probable Operations for May, Grading, Building foundation, Transportation of Materials. Inspection

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Oregon.Inspected by LH Clerk.

Cape Flattery Light station, Wash Terry 1872Continued work of previous month. no definite Reports. Preparations for sending LH Clerk with men and materials for completing the erection of Steam Fog Signal.Probable Operations for May, Building Cistern, wood and Engine houses, raising boiler to top of Island, transporting sand ect from main land to Tatoosh Island.

Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,{Henry M Robert}Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'rThirteenth District.

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Office of the Light House EngineerTHIRTEENTH DISTRICTPortland, Oregon, May 6th (1872)

Chairman Light House Board,Washington, D.C.

SIR:

In connexion with the question of enlarging the Light house Reservation at Yaquina Bay, I would respectfully call your attention to the fact that the deed calls for about 36 acres of land, while the laws of Oregon (act approved Octo 29th 1870) provide for the purchase by the United States of only 20 acres in one tract. The cession of jurisdiction is certainly limited to 20 acres even if the government purchases more. I would respectfully inquire if 20 acres should not be surveyed and a description of such tract recorded in order to comply with the statute?

Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,[Henry M. Robert]

Major of Eng'rs and LH Engr13th District

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lots 3 and 4 on any part of them would be of (no) value whatever for a reservation.

As your letter on this subject gives (a) wrong description of the land purchased for this reservation, I have on the enclosed sketch laid a black tint on the reservation, and a red tint on the ground over which the gov't has the perpetual right of way, right to take water, sand and clay and right to launch ??? It includes all the land owned by Mr Baldwin in that tract.

Very respectfullyYour obedient servantHenry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L. H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District.

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(Office of Light House Engineer)THIRTEENTH DISTRICT

PORTLAND, OREGON May 6 (1872)

Chairman Light House Board,Washington, D.C.

SIR:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of communication dated April 22nd 1872, in reference to have my accounts for Lighthouse and Engineer Funds kept separate at the Subtreasury at San Francisco, and the 1st National Bank, Portland. As far as this office is concerned these accounts with the Asst Treasurer at San Francisco have always been kept separate, all Engineer checks being numbered with a different series and each number followed by an "E" thus "No 25 E". On March 25th after the receipt of the circular of the Secretary of the Treasury the Assistant Treasurer was furnished a statement of my Engineer account with him, and was requested to keep the accounts separate. His statement dated March 30th furnished separate balances in which there was a slight clerical error to which his attention has been called, and I presume it will be rectified at once.The 1st Nat Bank of Portland has kept its accounts with me separate since March 25th 1872.

Very respectfully your obedt servant[Henry M Robert][Maj Eng'rs and LH Eng'r 13th Dist.]

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Office, Light-House Engineer, 13th District,Portland, OregonJune 24th 1872.

Henry M. Robert,Maj. of Engr's and L. H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District.

Report of Operations for May 1872

Ack. The ???that neither form of notise to ???should have been sent to the Board in advance of the sounding the signal at Cape Flattery in time

Answd July 10/72.

(continued on right panel)(line obscured) ???to fix the exact date, the time of commencing the light in sounding signal may be notice of it in or about.The form in regard to Cape Felicity? will be forwarded at once, giving

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1871-1872 keeper selection and LH building Vol. 336

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Office of Light-House Engineer, Thirteenth District, Portland, Oregon, Aug 21, 1872

Chairman Light House Board, Washington, D.C. SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith a communication from Chas L. Brown, contractor for Light Keepers’ Dwelling at Cape Foulweather Lt. Station, Og’n, and to recommend that the extension of time asked for, sixty days (60), be granted, as I think the delays have been caused by difficulties connected with transportation, and that due diligence has been used by the contractor. Notwithstanding all my efforts to secure transportation of materials for the L.H. Tower at Cape Foulweather, fully half the season has been lost by unavoidable delays from lack of materials at the Cape.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M. Robert Maj. Of Eng’rs & L.H. Eng’r Thirteenth District

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PORTLAND, OREGON

August 21, 1872

HENRY M. ROBERT, Maj. Of Engr’s & L.H. Eng’r Thirteenth District.

Encloses communication, asking 60 days extension of time, from Chas L. Brown, Foulweather Contractor, & recommends granting extension.

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(Stamped) OFFICE OF THE LIGHT HOUSE BOARD, SEP 3 1872

Answ’d September 3 / 72

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(burned page corner) report, & estimate for repairs & improvements. Cadiz Hook, New Dungenness, Smith’s Island, & Admiralty Head Light Stations, Wash, Ter. Made careful inspection (with LH Clerk) with reference to Repairs & improvements, which are much needed at these stations, where no Engineer Officer has inspected for several years. Inspection Reports, Estimates will be forwarded at the earliest date practicable.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant Henry M. Robert Maj. Of Eng’rs & L.H. Eng’r Thirteenth District.

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Office of the Light House Engineer,

THIRTEENTH DISTRICT,

PORTLAND, OREGON, July 22, 1872

Chairman Light House Board,

Washington, D.C.

SIR: In reply to letter from your office of 12 July, I have to state that the lens and lantern for Cape Foulweather Light House arrived in San Francisco on the 19 May.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant Henry M. Robert Maj. Of Eng’rs & L.H. Eng’r Thirteenth District.

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Office of the Light House Engineer,

THIRTEENTH DISTRICT,

PORTLAND, OREGON, Sept 7 1872

Chairman Light House Board,

Washington, D.C.

SIR: I have to submit the following Report of Operations for the month of August 1872: Cape Foulweather Lt. Station, Ogn. Brick work completed in Tower 6 ft above lower floor, & in Oil House 4 ft above floor. Received & cleaned Metal Work ere??? “Shubrick”. Placed stone steps & sills, & Iron Work as far as work (Brick) has progressed. Shipped 1 Cargo Bricks Cement & Lime from San Francisco. Keepers' Dwelling enclosed, floors laid, 2 coats paint outside, 1 coat plaster on 1st floor, & lathed on 2nd floor. Probably Operations in September. Receive cargo, & ship balance of materials, including, lantern, from San Francisco. Continue work with full force of men on Lt. Ho. & Dwelling. General Work. Engaged on Estimates for Repairs & Improvements.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant Henry M. Robert Maj. Of Eng’rs & L.H. Eng’r Thirteenth District.

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Office of the Light House Engineer,

THIRTEENTH DISTRICT,

PORTLAND, OREGON, Oct 8 1872

Chairman Light House Board,

Washington, D.C.

SIR: In reply to letter from your office dated Sept 3, 1872, asking information relating to Cape Foulweather Lt Station, Ogn, I have to state that the Keeper’s Dwelling has been completed; the Oil House walls have been completed; the Tower Walls (Sept 30”) are built 22 feet above the lower floor; all materials (including Lantern, Lens, & c) are on hand or now discharging, except 23 lbs??? Bricks & 25 Bbls Lime, already ordered from San Francisco; a full force of Mechanics, Machinist, & Laborers are employed; and with average weather & no further delay from inability to secure Steam transportation (sailing vessel carrying materials to Foulweather again partially wrecked) the light can be exhibited on or before January 1st 1873.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant Henry M. Robert Maj. Of Eng’rs & L.H. Eng’r Thirteenth District.

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bringing materials to Foulweather ??? is ??? to secure transportation of the balance of freight to The Cape this season. ood??? work in Oil House to be completed. Iron work to be placed as far as the Brickwork can be finished. Complete walls of Tower, if materials can be freighted.

Cape Flattery Lt. Station, W.T. Probable Operations in October - Purchase & ship Tools & c, and send Machinist to fit Engine for Salt Water.

Ediz Hook Lt Station W.T. Probable operations in October - Transmit Estimates for Repairs. Prepare for some indispensable repairs.

New Dungenness Lt Station, W.T. Purchased materials and ??? on Spit. Prepared quarters for Men. Excavated for cistern & foundation for Wood house & c. Commenced hauling Materials to L.H. Site, including sand & water. Selected earth for garden; laid out all work for the season. Probable Operations for October - Complete Woodhouse & Store-room and Cellar. Complete woodwork inside of Lt House. Complete Picket Fence; Garden; Transportation of Water, Sand, & Rails & Cisterns. Commence laying Post-Rail Fence enclosing Pasture.

Very Respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r Thirteenth District

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Office, Light-House Engineer, 13th District.

Portland, Oregon

Dec 16, 1872

Small Henry M. Robert, Maj. of Engr's & L. H. Eng'r, Thirteenth District

Notice to mariners for Cape Foulweather L. Ho. Ogn. ??? January 6/73. ???, - say that a ??? error in the ??? of the LH is made in ??? form of ??? ??? if it is ??? ??? ??? Const in ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? to ???. (in ??? ??? form of ???) ??? the ??? 31/2 miles to the ??? and 1

Writing in center reads: Office of the Light House Board Dec 30 1872

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Ediz Hook Lt Station, W. T.

Carpenter, Mason, Tender, with small supply of materials for light repairs urgently necessary.

Probable Operation in November - Replace dangerous stove. Plaster cellar. Repair wood-work in Tower. Refloor Lantern, & cover parapet with new Zinc (Now Leaks).

New Dungeness Lt Station, W.T.

Made walk to Bell-Tower. Enclosed store-room & wood-house. Completed mason-work on Cisterns, 1 new, & 2 old. Delivered most of the Earth for the garden, & 2000 rails & posts for fence. Built about 1/2 mile of fence around pasture. Probable Operations in Nov. Complete work authorized -

Admiralty Head Lt House, W. T. Put new zinc floor on Lantern parapet.

Cape Hancock Lt. Ho. W.T. Probable Operation in November Secure men, materials, & transportation for new oil house

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant, Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r, Thirteenth District.

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Ediz Hook Lt Station, W. T.

Put up new stove in place of one endangering the Lt. House. Plastered Cellar, so as to keep the Oil Buts dry, & foundation of house in repair. Put zinc cover on parapet, in place of leaky zinc. Commenced slight repairs by Carpenter.

New Dungenness Lt. Station, W. T.

Built ways to landing. Completed painting of Tower. Built Boat House. Completed transportation of Earth & Rails, & building of fence. Made Garden. Repaired & lengthened Chimneys. Cement-plastered the cellar to keep out high tides. Finished plumbing, including repairs to troughs & pipes. Commenced inside repairs to Lt. House. Put zinc fire-board in place of paper ones. Probable Operations for December. Complete Carpenter work & painting - Admiralty Head Lt Station, W. T.

Replaced leaky cover to lantern parapet with zinc.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r Thirteenth District

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon. 1872

Chairman Light House Board Washington D.C.

Sir: The following telegram was sent to your office today in answer to your telegram of 30th Dec. "Foulweather will certainly be lighted March 1st"

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Henry M. Robert

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District

Portland, Oregon, Jan 15, 1873

Prof Joseph Henry: Chairman Light House Board Washington, D. C.

Sir: The following telegram has been this day sent you: Sixteen lantern deck-plates, and sixteen cases Lantern Apparatus received at Foulweather. Following at missing: eight lantern posts, sixteen floor lights, sixteen rafters, and sixteen tie-rods. Gene Michler telegraphs "not in San Francisco."

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M. Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L. H. Eng'r, Thirteenth District

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District

Portland, Oregon, Jan 15, 1873

Joseph Henry Chairman Light House Board Washington, D.C.

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on account of the absence of eight lantern posts, sixteen floor-lights, sixteen rafters, and sixteen tie-rods, belonging to Cape Foulweather Lantern, (all of which are missing. not being included in the sixteen cases lantern apparatus, and sixteen lantern deck plates just received at Foulweather from San Francisco, and which Gene Michler telegraphs are not in San Francisco) The Foulweather light will not be ???ehibited on March 1st 1873; but can ???ehibited within fifteen days after the receipt at Cape Foulweather of the above missing articles in good order. If all the lantern had been received with the packages from San Francisco, the lamp would have lighted ???eby 1st as stated in the "Notice ??? Mariners" sent from this office.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servent Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L. H. Eng'r Thirteenth District

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Office, L. H. Engineer, 13th District, Portland, Oregon,

January 15, 1873.

Henry M Robert Maj. of Engr's & L. H. Eng'r, Thirteenth District.

Status Foulweather light cannot be exhibited March 1 1873; but can 15 days after receipt of missing parts of lantern -

Ach - ??? ??? - he has not ??? finding the missing parts.

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

Chairman Light House Board Washington D. C.

Sir:

The following Telegram was sent you today:

"Three of the sixteen boxes of Lanterns received at Fowl- weather contained glass. The missing boxes are No 6, also two of the following numbers 10, 11, 12, 13. Gene Michler says they are not in San Francisco.

The glass floor lights are also missing. Three weeks after these boxes reach Portland the Lights will be exhibited.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant,

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

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