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Vol 704 WG Emery Laborer Payment

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Office of Light-House Inspector, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, 30th June, 1887

Sir: In compliance with the directions contained in the Board's letter ???, dated 11 June '87. I have the honor to forward herewith a certificate on Form 12, to cover the time of W.G. Emery as laborer at Cape Foulweather light station, prior to the date of his appointment, viz 29th Nov. 1886, as 2d Assistant Keeper at the station. I am sir, very respectfully Your obedient servant U.Sebree Inspector 13th LH District

The Chairman Light House Board Washington, DC

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Form No. 12

(This Certificate is to be attached to vouchers for payment of Laborers as Light-Keepers.)

CERTIFICATE FOR SALARY VOUCHER

I hereby Certify, That the service rendered by William G Emery, as specified in the annexed voucher, as in a case of emergency, when the exigency of the service required the immediate performance of the services, and pending the nomination to the Department of some person for appointment.

(Signed) U. Sebree Lieutenant U.S.N., Inspector, 13th L.H. District

APPROVED: ??? Commander U.S.N., Naval Secretary L.H. Board.

[Ed. 1-15-'83--20,000]

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630 Duplicate To be retained by the Disbursing Officer

Form 6

US Light-House Establishment

To William G Emery

(Appropriation for Salaries of Keepers of Light Houses. 1884)

Date When Bill Rendered. 1886 For services as laborer in lieu of Asst Keeper at Cape Foulweather Light Station from the 13th day of November to the 28th day of November 1886, inclusive, at $550 # per Annum ----------

Dollars Cts 23 91

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the above account is correct and just, and that the expenditure was necessary for the service of the Light-House Establishment.

U. Sebrer Inspector 13th Lighthouse District

Received, at Portland Oregon this 31st day of December, 1884 Signed Lieut U Sebrer, USN Inspector 13th Lighthouse District, the sum of Twenty - Three and 91/100 Dollars in full of the above account.

$23 91/100 (Signed in Duplicate.) William G Emery

N.B. - This receipt should by signed only by the person in whose favor the voucher is drawn, or by his authorized attorney; in the latter case, power of attorney must be furnished. When previously furnished, state with what voucher. [Ed. 6_16_'81__20,000.]

by Check No. 911, dated 31 Dec, 1886 011 1st Nat Bank, at Portland for 43 23/100

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Vol 631 Tramway Winch LH Reports 1884 and 1885

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No. 598 – Cape Foulweather (3d) In July and Aug a new drain of 6 in fire clay pipe and 90 ft. long, was laid by the keepers from the vaults at dwelling to the bluff. The kitchen sink drains, well trapped, were constructed with the new drain. In Sept. and Oct. an apparatus for hoisting supplies and material from the beach to the top of the bluff was constructed opposite a sheltered cove affording a good boat landing on the southwest side of the Cape, about 1000ft from the light-house. The apparatus consist of a tramway, 3ft. wide and 130 ft. long, extending up the slope of the bluff, which is 85 ft. high, and a suitable car with geared winch at top. A snatch block was also provided for hauling up light loads with a team of horses. Steps were fitted between the sides of the tramway for convenience of passage.

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544 – Cape Foulweather The keepers commenced work in the new drain for the vaults by digging the trench and placing in it a temporary open wood drain. 546 – Point Adams An examination was made of the LH Reservation and vicinity with a view to the prevention of sand drift, and plans prepared to effect this by means of vegetation and plantations. A report and estimate was sent to the Board Aug 5th 1884. 567 – Shoalwater Bay An examination similar to that at Point Adams, was made with reference to the prevention of sand drift. The keepers cleared the sand off the plank road from the barn to the lighthouse

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and found that about half the planks and sills were decayed; the road was repaired by the keepers with material on hand so that it will last another year. The Life Saving Service were granted permission by the Board to occupy and remove their building to a lot 300ft square on the opposite side of the slough from the former location.

Very respectfully, Your obedient Servant Chas F. Lowell Captain of Engineers Engr. 13thLH Dist.

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546 – Point Adams Work of prevention of sand drift was continued. To September 30th, about 13 acres had been planted with sand grass, most of it being planted in strips, attending with the strips of brush.

547 – Shoalwater Bay The fence around upper pasture was rebuilt by the keepers.

As stations not mentioned in the fore-going, no work is reported Very respectfully, Your obedient Servant, Chas F. Lowell Captain of Engineers, Engr. 13th LH District

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Vol 575 1882 and 1883 repairs

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seed for a pasture. 521. Cape Foulweather Light Sta, Ore. The keeper reported that during Aug. the fence that was blown down and broken, has been rebuilt and repaired. 522. Tillamook Rock Light Sta. Ore. The valve stem for governor of fog-signal engine, ordered last month from the manufacturers, was received and forwarded to the station by the “Shubrick”. 528. Cape Flattery Light sta. W.A. The tower has been painted inside and outside by the keepers and painting of the dwelling completed. Point Robinson Fog Signal Sta. A tracing of the land survey of the Point and a copy of the notes was obtained. The Sups. Of Construction visited the Point selected the ground required, made a survey of it,

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Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, May 5th, 1883

To the Chairman Of the Light-House Board, Washington, DC. Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith report of engineer operations in this district during the month of April, 1883. 533- Cape Foulweather Lt. Sta. A new damper-pipe, and damper were made, and one of the old pipes repaired. Nine rooms, and two of the back entrances in the keeper’s dwelling were painted. 534- Tillamook Rock Lt. Sta. During a storm in January, stones thrown on the roof broke about 20 holes in roofing which were temporarily repaired by keepers.

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The following authority and necessary work is intended to be done during the present season:- A brick cistern, capacity 5000 gallons, to be built for storing water for domestic use, the present storage capacity having proved insufficient. A drain, 60 feet long, of fire clay drum pipe to be laid from the kitchen. Blinds on dwelling to be renewed and repaired and other minor repairs to the dwelling to be made. With the exception of these, repairs needed, the station is in fair condition.

533- Cape Foulweather, on westerly end of Cape Foulweather, Oregon. A portion of the fence enclosing the light-house grounds, blown down during a gale was repaired by the keeper. Three new burners and one damper + pipe and

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Vol 439 Cook appt 1875

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Office of Light House Inspector THIRTEENTH DISTRICT Astoria, OR Oct. 18th, 1877

Sir, I respectfully request authority to purchase a cook stove for the use of the principal keeper at Cape Blanco Light Station, as the one he has is entirely worn out & has been in use since the light was established.

Very respectfully Your obedient E.C. Merriman Lt. Ho. Inspector 13th Dist. Chairman Light House Board Washington DC

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Vol 393 FS Crosby transfer 1876

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Custom House, Astoria, Or

Collector's Office, May ???

Hon. B.H. Bristow Secretary of Treasury Washington, D.C.

Sir, On the 21st day of December 1875, Mr. F.S. Crosby was relieved as principal Keeper at Cape Foulweather Light House by S. L. Wass. Mr. Crosby was by your order, transfered and appointed principal keeper of Cape Gregory Light House and was directed to turn over to his successer S.L. Wass, the, the light station at Cape Foulweather, and proceed with all convenient speed to Cape Gregory Light House and assume charge of that light. He however failed to report at said Light House and relieve Stephen Davis the principal Keeper until thee 1st day of February 1876, at which date he took oath of office as principal Keeper and assumed charge. He now claims pay as a principal Keeper

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

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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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Vol 1063 1894 repairs

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Light-House Establishment Office of Engineer, Thirteenth District, Portland, Oregon., Oct. 18 1889. 21 Enclosures

Subject:

The Light-House Board, Washington , D.C. Sirs: I have the honor to request authority for the following repairs to be made at Cape Foulweather Light Station, Oregon,

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Cementing Cellar Floors, $254.00 The present floors are of brick which absorb and retain the moisture, causing the floor joist, sills, etc. to rot and making the cellars unfit for use. As this space is needed by the keepers it is proposed to put in concreting over the brick floors and where require, to cement the walls. Drainage of grounds, $83.00 The natural slopes of the grounds around the dwelling are such as to cause the water to run towards the cellars, and

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this dwelling, on account of the exposure, are useless to the keepers in bad weather, on account of the fire-places not giving out sufficient heat, the rooms are damp and cold and remain so, much of the winter, crowding the families into the rear rooms. Two small furnaces located in the front of the cellars will be a great improvement and aid in keeping the cellar and rooms dry. The total cost of these changes and repairs will be about $550.00. The sewerage from the kitchens to the cesspool is in very bad condition and to put them in good order will cost about $15.00. The footwalks around the dwellings, tower, etc. require repairs, and the roof of the work room of the tower needs some soldering down. The estimate cost for this is $33.00. The barn is too small for the accommodation of the wagons and utensils of the station, and it is proposed to add a small wagon shed that will cost $30.00, and give more room. The road leading from the station requires a new bridge

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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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cost of the Light House and dwelling at least $10,000- coin more at Cape Foulweather than Yaquina point. without any corresponding advantage.

The reservation at Cape Foulweather referred to on page 71 of the annual report of the annual Light House Board for 1870 evidently applies to the present Yaquina Point which was known as Cape Foulweather till altered in 1870 by the U.S. Coast Survey. (See page 133. Coast Survey Pilot for Oregon 1870.)

The Light House I should propose to put at the end of Yaquina Point and the dwelling at one of the two following points.

Between the Light House and the hill, facing west and distant about 150 yards from the Light House, which is probably the best point, or at the distance of one half mile from the Light House to the Northeast of the first hill, is a site for the dwelling which is protected by the two high hills from the severe southerly gales prevailing during the winter.

As far as the comfort of the keepers, and the

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The ground above proposed is according to the Coast Survey - 70 feet above low water. This would place the focal plane 145 feet above the sea. 3 - Plan of Dwelling - I would propose to adopt the plan of the Keepers dwelling now being built at Cape Disappointment, W.T. The plans, estimates, and specifications for which were forwarded to the Light House Board. 4 - The Lens - I would propose to be of the 1 st Order. Fixed. With arc of 225 (degrees). I enclose an elevation of the proposed Lighthouse. The details will be the same as in the Lighthouse at Cape Blanco. There is also enclosed an estimate of the entire cost of the Light House and dwelling. The work as proposed can be completed with the amount appropriated.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant,

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

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Estimate_______________________________________

coin ESTIMATE AMOUNT coin Dollars Cts Estimate of Cost of Keeper Dwelling Same as one at Cape Disappointment, W.T. which estimate etc Exclusive of Freight 9518 42 450 - Freight - Tons 10.00 4500

Total Keepers Dwelling 14018 42

Cost of Lantern .} delivered at Portland. Oregon} 2500 Putting up Lantern} 800

Total Lantern 3300

First Order Fixed Illuminating} Apparatus with arc of 225 [degrees]} 7000 delivered at Light House}

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Estimate____________________________________________

ESTIMATE ACTUAL COST Price AMOUNT AMOUNT Dollars Cts Dollars Cts coin

Recapitulation

Masons Work and Materials_ 1 9688 Carpenters Labor} Materials Hardware} +c 1854 35 Painting________________ 475 Iron Work______________ 6400 Add 10[percent] on foregoing (28417.35) 2841 13

Superintendence_________ 1050 Inspection______________ 150 Freight________________ 1 2000 $44459 08 Cost of Keepers Dwelling 1 4018 42

Cost of Lantern________ 3300

Illuminating Apparatus 7000 $24318 42 $68777. 50 68777 50 = 76419 45 coin Legal Tender note Henry M. Robert Major Engineer L.H. Engineer 13th Dist 261

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Office of the Light House Engineer THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, July 22nd, 1877

Rear Admiral Wm B. Shubrick Chairman Light House Board, Washington, D.C.

Sir:

I enclose a proposal made by Mr. Brown for duplicating at Cape Foulweather the Keepers' Dwelling he is now building at Cape Disappointment. He was the lowest bidder for that work after it was advertized fifteen days & the present bid is lower than the bid for Cape Disappointment after taking into consideration what he has to pay for freight. There will be at least four hundred tons of freight for the Dwelling. I had not supposed it possible to get bids as low as this, judging from what I learned of prices here when the contract for Cape Disappointment was made - or I would have recommended that I be authorized to advertize for bids. The rainy season comes so early that it would be impracticable to advertize now & go through all the forms required for contracts if any work had to be done on the building this summer. (262)

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22 (crossed out) 14 Office, L. H. Engineer, 13th District Portland, Oregon, July 22, 1871

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

Letter in relation to proposed Light Keepers Dwelling at Cape Foulweather, Oregon. Enclose 8 Proposal of C. F. Brown Copy of letter addressed to bidders on Cape Disappointment Light Keepers dwelling. Copy of letter to Mr Ben Simpson

ack (acknowledge) Return to desk A.H.S. Answr'd by telegram Aug 9

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Telegram

Accept lowest bid for dwelling at Cape Foul-weather which must be within site of Lighthouse & not far from it. E.

4 Tracings in Draft Room Files. 13th District 2 Y. 16 Sept., 1871.

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Office L.H. Engr 13th Portland, Oregon July 22 1871

Mr. Ben Simpson Onealta Yaquina Bay Benton County Oregon

Sir

Enclosed you will find a copy of a letter I have this day addressed to parties who were bidders for the contract for building a Light Keepers dwelling at Cape Disappointment W.Ty. As the plan of the proposed building at Cape Foulweather is the same as the one adopted for Cape Disappointment I have deemed it advisable to invite proposals for the Same and would like to have you send me a bid should you desire to do so. The plans and specifications of the building are in this office and can be seen during office hours by any one you wish to send here to examine them for you. The following are the bids on the Cape Disappointment building, which I send you for your information

(265)

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Copy of Letter Addressed to Charl ?? Bain ??? Oregon Mr. Braden ?????? Abbott & Lamb ???????? Ben Simpson Onealta Oregon

Office Light House Engineer 13th District, Portland Oregon July 22 1871

Sir

I have received a bid for building a Keepers Dwelling at Cape Foulweather Oregon, the duplicate of the one you bid upon for Cape Disappointment. I had expected to do the work by days labor, but it is possible it may be let out by contract if by such a course the work can be done much more economically. The building would have to be inclosed (sic) by the 1st of November 1871 and completed before June 30 1872. The site of the Light House is about 4 1/2 miles from Newport on Yaquina Bay. A half mile of road on the Cape which will be built by the Government will give a wagon road between the Cape and Newport, which would need some repairs (266)

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Office L.H. Engr 13 Dist. Portland, Oregon July 22. 1871

Henry M. Roberts Major Engr L.H. Engr 13 Dists.

Copy Letter Addressed to Charles Bain Wm Branden Abbott + Lamb Ben Simpson

Asking them to make bids for building Light Keeper dwelling at Cape Foulweather, Oregon

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Duplicate of page 484

Portland, Oregon July 22d, 1871

Major H.M. Robert: Light House Engineer. 13th District

Sir:

I will build a double dwelling for Light Keepers at Cape Foulweather, Oregon, according to the plans and specifications of a building adopted for Cape Disappointment, W.T., for the sum of Eleven thousand five hundred dollars ($11500) U.S. Gold coin; said building to be enclosed by the 1st of November, 1871, and completed by the 30th of June 1872.

Very respectfully,

Chas. F. Brown

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Portland, Oregon Aug 5th 1871

Major H.M. Robert Engineer Light House Portland, Oregon

The undersigned Ben Simpson of Benton County Oregon will furnish materials and construct dwelling for Light House Keeper at Foul Weather according to plans and specifications on file in your office for the sum of Eleven Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty-nine ($11,989) dollars in U.S. coin.

Ben Simpson by J.H. Mitchell Agent & Atty in fact

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Portland, Oregon July 24 1871

Major H.M. Robert L.H. Engineers

Sir

In answer to yours of July 22 inviting us to make proposals for building a Light Keepers dwelling at Cape Foulweather Light Station Oregon - similar to the one bid upon for Cape Disappointment, W.T. we have to state that owing to press of business here, we shall have to decline putting in a bid. Thank you for the offer.

We Remain Very Respectfully,

Abbott & Lamb

Duplicate

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Office L. H. Engr. 13th Dist Portland Oregon August 14 1871

Bids for Building Light Keepers Dwelling at Cape Foulweather Oregon

Name Coin Ben Simpson $11989Chas F. Brown $11500Abbott & Lamb $declined

I certify that the above is a complete??? list of all the bids as stated the originals of which are hereby??? attached

Henry M Robert Major Engineer L.H. Engr. 13th Dist

(Stamp reads: Office of the Light House Board. Sep 4 1871)

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Office of the Light House Engineer, Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon, August 22, 1871?

Rear Admiral W.B. Shubrick Chairman Light House Board, Washington, D.C.

Sir:

I have the honor to forward for approval the following papers relative to contracts made August 14 with Chas F. Brown to build a Light Keepers dwelling at Cape Foulweather, Oregon.

Articles of Agreement. Bonds & Oaths Quadruplicate Specifications " (quadruplicate) Bids one copy Letter addressed to parties asking them to bid " (one copy)

Messrs. Bain & Braden sent to me verbal messages that the location was too distant for them to bid.

Plans. exact duplicates of those for Cape Disappointment, Light Keepers dwelling, will be mailed as soon as they can be prepared.

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Portland, Oregon July 22d 1871

Major H.M. Robert Light House Engineer 13th District

Sir:-

I will build a double dwelling for Light Keepers at Cape Foulweather, Oregon, according to the plans and specifications of a building adopted for Cape Disappointment, W.T. for the sum of Eleven thousand and five hundred dollars ($11,500) U.S. Gold coin; said building to be enclosed by the 1st of November, 1871, and completed by the 30th of June 1872.

Very Respectfully,

Chas. F. Brown

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