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1891 Lighthouse Keepers Logs

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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

26 with frequent rain squalls - Sea little rough - General duties for day - Keeper painting desk - Mr. Smith painting chair

27 Fresh breeze to light. West wind with rain shower during the 24 hours - Sea little rough. General duties for the day - Keeper went to Newport to get some supplies. Left the station at 9:30 A.M.

28 Light N. W. wind with frequent rain & hail squalls - Sea quite smooth - General duties for the day - Keeper F. M. Plummer returned to the station at 11:30 A.M.

29 Light N.W. to S. East wind first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light S. E. to South wind fair weather during 24 hours - Sea smooth - General duties for day - Keeper went fishing

30 Light South wind to moderate and fresh breeze N.W. first part of 24 hours light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours fair weather - Sea little rough - Keepers putting 200 galls of Mineral Oil in oil room and went fishing - Keeper making out the quarterly and monthly reports - Had one visitor

31 Fresh breeze N.W. to light East wind first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours light to moderate breeze N.W. clear fine weather during the 24 hours - Sea smoothing down - 1st asst went to Newport - Keeper and Mr. Smith went fishing - Keeper also marking out the reports

April

1 Fresh breeze East to the light S. East wind dry and fair weather first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light South to moderate breeze N.W. rain. Sea smooth - Mr. Smith went fishing today - Keeper went to Newport to take the mail - Steamers Willamette Valley & George Chance arrived today.

2 Light N.W. to N. East wind first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours moderate and fresh breeze N.W. fair weather during 24 hours - Sea very smooth - General duties for the day - Mr. Isaac L. Smith went to Newport. Keeper Mr. F. M. Plummer went to Newport after some supplies - Left the station at 9 A.M.

3 Moderate breeze N.W. to light to moderate breeze East these 24 hours with clear fine weather during 24 hours - Sea moderately smooth - General duties for day - Keeper returned to the station at 1. P. M.

4 Light to moderate & fresh breeze S.E. to S. and N.W. these 24 hours first part of 24 hours fair weather Last part of 24 hours rain - Sea quite smooth. The barometer is going up. General duties for the day.

5 Light N.W. to S.E. wind to fresh breeze and gals during 24 hours, first part of 24 hours with fog showers - Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry - Sea moderately smooth- General duties for day - Barometer going down.

6 Gale to fresh and moderate breeze South to S. West these 24 hours with hard rain most of 24 hours - Sea rough - General duties for the day - The barometer is going up a little

7 Light S. East wind to moderate and fresh breeze South with frequent rain showers during the 24 hours - Sea very rough - General duties for the day - 1st asst went to Newport .

8 Light West to S. East wind damp during 24 hours - Sea quite rough - General duties for the day - Keeper F. M. Plummer went to Newport on important business - Left the station at 8 A.M.

9 Light to moderate breeze S to S. East with hard rain during 24 hours - Sea quite rough. General duties for the day - The barometer is going up. Keeper returned to the station at 5:00 P.M.

10 Light to S. E. wind to moderate breeze south these 24 hours first part of 24 hours light rain showers - Last

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1894 Keeper Logs

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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon 1894

January

21: Fresh and moderate breeze S. to S.W. with light rain during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. Keeper putting dressing on garden.

22: Moderate breeze South to S. W. and light North wind with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate breeze N.W., fair weather. Sea smooth. Keepers putting 200 Gallons of mineral oil in Oil room. Steamer Del Norte sailed from Yaquina for San Francisco. Keeper putting a pane of glass in 2nd ass't's window.

23: Light wind N.W. to moderate and fresh breeze East to S.East and South these 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Last part of 24 hours rain. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st ass't went to Newport today.

24: Moderate breeze to light wind S.W. to W. N.West with frequent rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds, damp. Sea moderately smooth. Keeper went to Newport. 1st ass't went fishing. 2nd ass't putting dressing on garden.

25 Light wind to fresh breeze S.W. to S. these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours fair weather. Last part rain. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went fishing.

26: Light variable winds these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours damp weather. Last part of 24 hours clear, fine weather. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. Had two visitors. Keeper and 1st ass't went fishing today.

27: Light East to S.East wind first part of 24 hours with fair weather. Last part of 24 hours light South wind, rain. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper boiling out burner & went fishing 1st ass't went to Newport.

28: Light S.East wind these 24 hours with light rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours thick, damp fog. Keepers went fishing. Sea smooth.

29: Fresh to moderate breeze S. to S.W. first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light S.West wind with rain most of 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Steamer Schooner Del Norte arrived at Yaquina this morning from San Francisco.

30: Moderate to fresh breeze N.W. these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. Keeper went over to Newport after supplies for Keeper's and to get the mail. 1st and 2nd ass'ts went over to Mr. Brigg's to dig a grave and help bury Mr. Brigg's Daughter she having died of Consumption.

31: Light East to North & N.West wind these 24 hours with clear, fine and cool. Sea smooth. Steamer Del Norte sailed from Yaquina City for San Francisco. Keeper & 1st ass't went fishing. 2nd ass't working in garden. 2nd ass't cleaning his quarters. Keeper repairing a leak in roof leading to tower through [falway?]. February 1: Light wind to moderate breeze North these 24 hours with clear, fine and cool weather. Sea smooth. General duties for day. Keepers went fishing. 1st ass't went to Newport.

2: Light wind to fresh breeze East first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind East with clear, fine but cool weather. Sea quite rough. 1st ass't filling up a hole in the ground back of his dwelling. Keepers went fishing today. Had two visitors today.

3: Light E. to S.East wind and moderate breeze South these 24 hours with fair weather during 24 hours. Sea very rough. General duties for day. 2nd ass't went to Newport. 1st ass't turfing the hole that he filled up back of his Dwelling today. Keeper went fishing.

4: Gale to fresh breeze S. east to South these 24 hours with rain most of 24 ours. Sea rough. General duties for day. The barometer hand 29.50 to 29.62

5: Moderate to fresh breeze South to N. West with frequent rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds, fair weather. Sea very rough. General duties for day. Keeper went to Newport.

6: Moderate, fresh and strong breeze to gale these 24 hours with rain. Sea quite rough. General duties for day. The barometer down to 29.66

7: Fresh breeze S. West to West with frequent rain & hail squalls. Sea rough. General duties for day. 1st ass't went to Newport after the mail.

8: Light wind S.W. to S. East first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours fresh to strong & gale West with rain, hail, and snow squalls during 24 hours. Sea very rough. General duties for day. Steam Del Norte arrived off Yaquina bar, she is laying off, to[o] rough to enter. The barometer is 29.60 today.

9: Light variable winds these 24 hours with snow. Sea very rough. General duties for day. Yaquina bar to[o] rough for Steamer Del Norte to enter.

10: Light East wind these 24 hours with fair and cold weather during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. [continued on next page]

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February

10 [continued from previous page]: General duties for the day. Keeper & 2nd ass't went to Newport. Steamer Del Norte arrived at Newport at 1 P.M.

11: Moderate & fresh breeze to a light Gale with some rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours fresh to moderate breeze S. to S.W. & West with rain & hail squalls. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. Keeper went fishing.

12: Moderate and fresh breeze West N. West first part of 24 hours with rain showers. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds, fair weather. Sea rough. General duties for day. Keeper & 1st ass't went fishing 2nd ass't went to Newport.

13: Fresh to moderate breeze S.W. to South with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light South wind, little damp. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper & 1st ass't went fishing. The barometer 30 today.

14: Fresh breeze to heavy Gale South these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours rain. Last part of 24 hours little damp. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. Keeper and 2nd ass't went to Newport after supplies. The barometer down to 29.65

15: Fresh breeze S. to S.W. and West these 24 hours with rain, hail, and snow squalls. Sea rough. General duties for the day. Keepers putting 200 Gallons of Mineral Oil in Oil Room. Keeper and 1st ass't went fishing today.

16: Fresh breeze to light wind West first part of 24 hours with rain, hail, & snow squalls. Last part of 24 hours Fresh & strong breeze S. West with rain. Sea rough. General duties for the day. 1st ass't went to Newport. Keeper went fishing.

17: Strong to fresh & moderate breeze West to S.W. & South these 24 hours with frequent rain & hail squalls during 24 hours. General duties for the day. Sea rough. Keeper went fishing. The barometer stands 29.42 at 2. P.M. Steamer Del Norte laying at Newport bar, to[o] rough to cross out; there is a large land slide North East of barn [unintelligible]??? slid into the Ocean today.

18: Fresh & strong breeze to gale S.W. these 24 hours with frequent rain & hail squalls. Sea very rough. General duties for day. The barometer is 29.68 at 3. P.M.

19: Moderate & fresh breeze to gale East to S.W. and West with rain, hail, & snow squalls during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General dutie sfor the day. Keeper went fishing. 1st ass't went to Newport. The barometer 29.70 and going up.

20: Light wind to moderate breeze N. to N.W. with fair weather these 24 hours. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. Steamer Del Norte sailed today for San Francisco. Keeper & 2nd ass't went to Newport. 1st ass't went fishing today.

21: Light East wind these 24 hours with clear, fine, and cold weather. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. Keepers digging a grave one mile East of the Cape and Burying a Mr. Megginson that got Drowned in the the Siletz river Sunday. Had 18 visitors today.

22: Fresh and strong breeze East these 24 hours with clear, fine, but cold weather. Sea very smooth. Keepers cleaning Lamp reflectors, Burner and Etc., today. Keeper went fishing. The barometer stands 30.10 today.

23: Moderate breeze East to light S. East wind these 24 hours with fair and cool weather. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper and 1st ass't went fishing. 2nd ass't Isaac L. Smith went to Newport.

24: Light S. East wind with fair weather these 24 hours. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. 1st ass't working in the garden & went fishing. 2nd ass't also went fishing. Keeper scrubbing Office hall and Oil room floors.

25: Light wind to modearte and fresh breeze South these 24 hours with light rain. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day.

26: Fresh breeze these 24 hours South with rain during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport after supplies. Steamer Holmes arrived at Yaquina from San Francisco. 1st ass't went fishing.

27: Fresh to strong breeze South with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds, cloudy & damp. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. 1st ass't Edward Rice went to Newport after the mail & supplies.

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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon 1894

February

28: Light South wind with light rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate breeze South, cloudy & little damp. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper & 1st ass't went fishing. Keeper making out monthly reports.

March

1: Fresh breeze South to S.W. first part of 24 hours with light rain. Last part of 24 hours Fresh and strong breeze to gale N.W. with hard rain. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for day. Keeper went to Newport. Steam Schooner Homer sailed from Yaquina for San Francisco.

2: Fresh and strong breeze N.W. with frequent rain & hail squalls first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours moderate breeze to light N.West wind, hail, & snow. Sea very rough. General duties for day. 2nd ass't went to Newport.

3: Light S.East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds with snow squalls most of 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. Keeper & 2nd ass't went to Newport, 1st ass't went fishing.

4: Light variable winds with hail & snow squalls first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light South wind, cloudy but dry & cool weather. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Had three visitors today. Keeper went fishing. Mr. Eugene M. Watters visited the station today, he is on the way to Hecta Head lighthouse where he is to be 1st ass't Keeper.

5: Fresh to strong breeze S. East to South with hard rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours Fresh breeze to gale S.W. to W.N. West, light rain showers. Sea a little rough. General duties for day. The barometer 29.21

6: Light N. West to S. East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours Fresh breeze South with cloudy but dry weather. Sea a little rough. General duties for the day. Keeper went fishing. 1st ass't went to Newport.

7: Fresh breeze to Gale S. To S.W. & West these 24 hours with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport. The barometer stands 29.90 at 5 P.M.

8: Heavy gale South first part of 24 hours with hard rain. Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze S. to S.W. and West with some rain and sharing weather. Sea rough. General duties for day. Steamer Homer arrived from Frisco & crossed of the bar at [2 am?pm?] Barometer 29.40

9: Fresh to moderate breeze to light wind West N. West these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours rain & hail squalls. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. The barometer down to 29.90 at 3 P.M. and still going up at 30.??

10: Fresh breeze to a gale South these 24 hours with rain. Sea rough. General duties for day. The barometer 29.66

11: Gale South to fresh to & moderate breeze S. West these 24 hours with rain most of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light rain. Sea rough. General duties for day. Barometer 29.40 and going up.

12: Light variable winds these 24 hours with rain showers first part of 24 hours. last part of 24 hours light rain showers. Sea a little rough. General duties for the day. Keeper & 2nd ass't went to Newport. Steamer Homer sailed from Yaquina for San Francisco.

13: Light wind to moderate & fresh breeze S. to S.West-West these 24 hours with light rain. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Barometer 29.75

14: Light S.East wind, fair weather first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze to gale S.E. to S., rain. Sea rough. General duties for day. Keeper went fishing. The barometer 29.60 at 3 P.M. and going down.

15: Gale South to fresh and moderate breeze S.West these 24 hours with hard rain. Sea a little rough. General duties for the day. 1st ass't Edward Rice went to Newport after & to take the mail. The barometer 29.40 today.

16: Light wind West N.W. first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze N.W. with rain & hail squalls during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. 1st ass't putting 200 Gallons of mineral Oil in Oil room. Keeper and 2nd ass't cutting stove wood on the beach today. A small Schooner came in from the west toward the light about a mile and steered for the Yaquina bar. 1st ass't went fishing.

17: Light N.West to S. East wind with fair weather first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate breeze S.E. to South, rain. Sea quite smooth. Keeper and 2nd ass't cutting stove wood on the beach today.

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