1871-1900 Yaquina Head Lighthouse Letter books

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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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iculty with parties here is that freights are too high from here to points on the Coast - much higher than from San Francisco, & they are not well acquainted with the San Francisco markets. I can buy bricks at $2 (per ton) less here than in California but the brick dealers have been unable to make any arrangements for freighting. Mr. Ben Simpson's agent this week tried what he could do in the matter, but gave it up as useless. I do not think anyone but Mr. Simpson can compete with the bid of Mr. Brown, but I will know by the 5th of August. I would respectfully request to be informed by telegraph if I am authorized to contract at once for the erection of the Dwelling at Cape Foulweather with the lowest bidder: the amount of course will not exceed that in the enclosed bid.

Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,

Henry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District.(264)

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Office of the Light House EngineersThirteenth DistrictPortland, Oregon December 1 1871

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

Sir:

I have the honor to submit the following Report of Operations for the month of November, 1871

Yaquina Light House Oregon

The chimneys were received by the Light Keeper on the evening of the 22nd November, and the Light was exhibited on the 23" of November.

Cape Foulweather Light Station, Oregon.

Completed Messhouse, Men's quarters, Shore-house, Carpenters Shop and Water Tanks.

Excavated for Tower to the depth of 11 feet, and curbed up with timbers. Hauled 75 tons of sand for foundation of Tower.Completed Road to the Spring.Severe Storms have prevented landing lime and cement for concrete foundation of Tower. 42,000 bricks & 36 barrels cement delivered.Foundation of Tower:42,000 brick & 36 Bbs cement delivered

Probable work in December.

Such work as the weather will permit.

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Cape Hancock Light Station, Wash. Ter.Continued work on, and inspected Light Keepers Dwelling

Probable Work in December

Completion of Lights Keepers Dwelling

Cape Flattery Light Station, Wash. Ter.

Landed at Neah Bay about 100 tons freight, continued storm preventing landing on Tatoosh Island.

At Tatoosh Island, the Engine and Fog Apparatus have been cleaned and stored for rainy season; the cement and bricks have been hoisted to the top of the Island and put under shelter; and operations partially suspended until more favorable weather.

Probable Work in December

Further excavation for cistern, and canoe transportation of materials from Neah Bay (7 miles) to Tatoosh Island, so far as the weather will permit. Though it is probable that work can not be prosecuted till some time in January.

Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,Henry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'rThirteenth District

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1871-1872 keeper selection and LH building Vol. 336

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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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THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, PORTLAND, OREGON OCT 19 1872

???sor Joseph Henry Chairman Light-House Board, Washington D.C.

Sir: I have the honor to make the following Report operations for the month of September 1872.

Cape Foulweather, Lt Station, Ogn. Received 96101 Bricks, & 40 cases containing Lens, &c. Completed Keepers' Dwelling. Repaired Lighters & Tramway.Continued grading around Tower and Oil - house.Hauled from tramway to L.H. site assorted materials received. Commenced putting Cement Wash on Tower & Oil - House. Machinist employed fitting Iron Work. Oil house walls completed -

Tower completed 22 feet above floor - Further delay in Transportation has been caused by partial wreck of the Schooner "Elnorah" with materials from San Francisco, with loss of 10 to 12 M bricks bought for this work.

Probable Operations in October Transport balance of materials to Newport, Ogn. & commence hauling from Newport to L.H. site. The dangers attending discharge of freight at Cape and the repeated disasters to Sailing Vessels engaged in

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1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports

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1871 Feb. 8 From Engineer Secretary Maj. G H Elliot To Col R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: In reply to your letter of the 30th January transmitting drawings of structures proposed for Yaquina Bay and Trinidad Head. I have to say that at Trinidad Head it is thought better to construct the Light House and tower of bricks, if it can be done within the appropriation. I send you a plan from which many of our smaller Light-houses are constructed and which is probably well adapted to Trinidad Head. Col. Gillespie's estimate of the cost of the Light House at Horse Island N.Y. was $10,395. It has cost more than this amount but as the accounts are not all in the exact cost cannot now be determined here. The plan herewith sent is of stone walls, but in tracing it, you are requested to modify it by making the walls a brick and a half thick and coloring the plan yellow. It is supposed that there is no doubt of the permanency of the foundation at Trinidad Head as it is high land. If you cannot build the structures like that represented for Horse Island with in the amount of the appropriation, then the next best plan will be to build a small tower like that at Tchefuncte, La. only of a smaller height to suit your site the diameter at top and of the cylinder remaining the same as shown in the plan

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1900-01 Keeper Logs

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March 1: Light East to N. West wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours cloudy but dry. Last part of 24 hours clear fair weather Sea moderately smooth. Barometer 30.10 to 29.90. Mr. Wiltshire repairing halway in rear of assts part of dwelling and taking down chimney in keeper and assts dining rooms. 1st asst went to Newport after mail supplies. Keeper painting door in hallway in dwelling. 2st asst throwing brick over bluff from chimney.

2: Light N.W. to East and S. East these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours clear fine weather. Last part of 24 hours cloudy. Sea smooth. Keeper and 2nd asst prepairing to have the chimney taken out of dwelling. Barometer 29.65 today. Mr. Wiltshire repairing hallway in rear of dwelling on assts side. Also working on the cistern.

3: Fresh and moderate S to S. West these 24 hours. Rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light rain showers and fair weather. Sea smooth. Barometer 29.48 to 29.54. 2nd asst went to Newport after mail and supplies. Mr. Wiltshire working on cistern and replacing halway in rear of asst dwelling.

4: Light S.E. to moderate breeze S. West these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours rain showers. Last part of 25 hours cloudy and fair weather- Sea smooth. Barometer 29.48 to 29.56. General duties for the day. Keeper working on requisition for annual supplies for next year.

5: Light S. East wind to moderate and fresh breeze South these 24 hours with frequent rain showers- Sea smooth. Barometer 29.80. Keepers and assts cleaning stairs and landings also scrubbing cement off the marble floor in halway where the pipes were laid for the hot water heater. 1st asst throwing bricks over the bluf that Mr. Wiltshire takes from the chimney on the keepers side of dwelling. 2nd asst painting door on his side of dwelling Mr. Wiltshire making steps at rear of dwelling also tearing chimney out of east side of dwelling.

6: Moderate to fresh breeze S. East to South these 24 hours with rain during 24 hours. Sea quite rough. Barometer 29.8 to 29.55. Keeper and assts cleaning scrubbing oil room and floors. 1st asst throwing bricks over tthe bluff. Keeper and 2nd asst cleaning the grounds in rear of dwelling. Mr. Wiltshire and men repairing drain and steps in rear of dwelling also working on keepers chimney.

7: Fresh breeze to gale South to S. West with rain these 24 hours. Barometer 29.20 to 29.33. Keeper and assts scrubbing and cleaning out watch room and office. Keeper and 1st asst cleaning the grounds on keepers side of dwelling. Mr Wiltshire putting new steps in rear of dwelling. Also ceiling??? side entrance. And lath and plastering space where the chimney was taken out in keepers dwelling. Keeper cleaning out his celler and working on annual requisition for supplies to Inspector.

8: Fresh to moderate breeze S.W. to W. and South these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours rain last part of 24 hours rain showers. Sea rough. Keeper went to Newport after mail and supplies. Barometer 29.30 to 29.94. 1st and 2nd assts cleaning up grounds around dwelling. Mr. Wiltshire and men tearing down chimney in 2nd assts side of dwelling and ceiling??? side entrance.

9: Fresh breeze South these 24 hours day to little damp. Sea quite rough. Keeper working on requisition for supplies to inspector. 2nd asst went to Newport after mail and supplies. Also cleaning up grounds. Keeper and 1st asst throwing brick over the bluff that were taken out of chimneys. Barometer 29.98. Mr. Wiltshire completed repairing side entrance on the keeper and asst. Also tearing down chimney to.

10: Fresh breeze South these 24 hours. first part of 24 hours damp today and fair weather. Last part of 24 hours fair weather to light rain showers and rain. Sea quite rough. Barometer 29.95 Keeper and asst throwing bricks over the bluff and cleaning up the grounds. 1st asst went to Newport after mail and supplies. Keeper completed annual requisition for supples. Mr. Wiltshire working on lattice work in front of water closet. Also lathing and pastering in 2nd asst quarters where the chimney was taken out. Keeper packing gravel up from the beach.

11: Fresh breeze to light South wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours hard rain. Last part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day . Keeper made a fire in the watchroom. Barometer 29.90 to 30.20 today.

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1910-11 keepers logs

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JOURNAL of Light-station at Yaquina Head Oregon

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1 Lt westerly wind misty damp sea smooth. Bar 30.02. Keeper and 2nd asst cleaning up grounds. 1st asst went to Newport for mail.

2 Fresh north west breeze dry sea rough. Bar 30.20. Keeper and asst keepers painting west side of main dwelling. 9 visitors shown in tower.

3 Fresh north to north west breeze sea rough weather dry. Bar 30.18. 1st and 2nd asst painting all steps of keepers dwelling and south end of barn. Keeper went to Newport for mail.

4 Fresh north west breeze dry sea rough. Bar 30.18. General duties for the day. 14 visitors shown in the tower.

5 Fresh north west breeze clear dry sea rough. Bar 30.12. 2nd asst working in garden. Keeper showing 6 visitors in tower. 1st asst left station at 4:00 AM on leave of absence.

6 Fresh northerly breeze clear dry sea rough. Bar 29.97. Keeper working in carpenter shop. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

7 Light north wind cloudy dry sea smooth. Bar 30.01. Keeper and 2nd asst painted barn on north east & west side.

8 Light north west breeze clear dry sea moderate. Bar 30.11. Keeper and 2nd asst painting chimneys on main dwelling water tank and out house.

9 Calm to light north west wind dry sea smooth. Bar 30.16. Keeper and 2nd asst cleaning plate glass and all window panes in tower and ???.

10 Calm to fresh north west breeze dry to fog sea moderate. Bar 30.01. 2nd asst painting window sashes of barn. Keeper went to Newport for mail and supplies.

11 Light south to light north wind dense fog sea smooth. Bar 30.12. General duties for the day. 2nd asst showing visitors in the tower.

12 Fresh northerly breeze dense fog damp sea moderate. Bar 30.0. Keeper and 2nd asst cleaning paint brushes and carpenter shop.

13 Fresh northerly breeze foggy damp sea rough. Bar 29.97. Keeper showing visitors in the tower. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail & supplies.

14 Fresh to light northerly wind foggy damp sea mod. Bar 30.06. Keeper and 2nd asst working in the shop and garden.

15 Calm to light north wind clear dry sea calm. Bar 30.08. Keeper and 2nd asst working in the garden. 2nd asst showing visitors in the tower.

16 Lt south wind showers to lt NE wind dry sea smooth. Bar 30.10. Keeper and 2nd asst working in garden and carpenter shop. U.S. warship passed station at 10 AM going north.

17 Calm to light north east wind clear dry sea mod. Bar 30.12. 2nd asst working in garden. Keeper went to Newport for mail and supplies.

18 Light to fresh north west breeze clear dry sea mod. Bar 30.11. General duties for the day. Visitors shown in the tower by keeper and 2nd asst.

19 Fresh north west breeze clear dry sea rough. Bar 30.14. Keeper working in the shop. 2nd asst showing visitors in tower. 1st asst returned to station at 7:30 PM from leave of absence.

20 Fresh northerly breeze hazy dry sea rough. Bar 29.84. Keeper and 1st asst working in shop. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail & supplies. 1st asst showing visitors in tower.

21 Light southerly wind misty damp sea smooth. Bar 29.86. Keeper and asst keepers working in there respective quarters.

22 Light north west wind dry sea smooth. Bar 30.04. Keeper and 2nd asst ??? bricks in arch of 3 story window of tower. 1st asst went to Newport for mail.

23 Calm to light N wind to calm dry sea smooth. Bar 30.10. Keeper and asst keepers mowing and showing visitors in the tower.

24 Calm to light north east wind clear dry sea smooth. Bar 30.06. 1st and 2nd asst mowing. Keeper went to Newport for mail and supplies.

25 Calm to moderate south breeze misty rain sea mod. Bar 30.02. General duties for the day. Keeper and assts showing visitors in the tower.

26 Fresh southerly breeze rain to light N.W. wind dense fog sea rough. Bar 30. Keeper working on annual reports. 1st and second asst showing visitors in the tower.

27 Light variable winds dry sea moderate Bar 30.00. Keeper and 1st asst showing visitors in tower. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

28 Moderate south west breeze squally rain sea rough. Bar 29.88. Keeper working on annual account. 1st and 2nd asst mowing grass in the yard.

29 Moderate north west breeze squally showers heavy w swell. Bar 30. Keeper working on annual accounts. 1st asst went to Newport for mail. 2nd asst mowing.

30 Light north west wind to calm dry sea smooth. Bar 30.20. Warship passed the station at 5:30 PM. Visitors shown in tower by 1st and 2nd assts.

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