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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, May 7th, 1874

SIR: The following report of Engineer operations in the Thirteenth Lighthouse District during the month of April is respectfully submitted for the information of the Board. Cape Foulweather. Two lightning rods were put up on the Keeper’s dwelling at this station, in accordance with instructions given by the late Engineer of the District Yaquina Light Station. A lighting rod was also put up at the Keeper’s dwelling at this station by directions of my predecessor Major H M Robert. Columbia River Light Station. In compliance with the directions of the Board Proposals were invited by public advertisement in certain newspapers, dated April 8th, for building lighthouse for mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon. The bids will be opened May 11th instant; an abstract of said bids will awarded with such recommendations

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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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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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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon July 20 (1872) Chairman Light House Board, Washington, D.C.

Sir: I have the honor to submit the following Report of Operations for the year ending June 30th. Thirteenth District The Thirteenth District embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of the U.S. north of the southern boundary of Oregon and embraces the coast of Oregon and the Washington** Territory. (of Washington) Engineer Major H. M. Robert Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. There are in this district Light-houses 11

(insert from left side of page ) Buoys actually in position show? buoys for relief? and to supply tower. ??? ??? ??? ??? to 12th 13th Districts.

The number preceding the name and the station corresponds with those of [the Lt. Ho. List - crossed out] (Same as last year)** for 1871 (2).

[407 - crossed out] (422)** Yaquina Bay, Oregon. The Lt. Ho. at this point was commenced May 1, 1871 and completed the following October; ??? [owing to the fact that chimneys were not included in the supplies first shipped. The light was not exhibited till - crossed out] (and lighted)** November 23 1871. ["ber 23 1871" crossed out and rewritten]

408 Cape Foulweather, Sea Coast of Oregon Work on this station has been seriously hindered by the difficulties

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**Items in parentheses were written above or on top of original writing.

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1871-1872 keeper selection and LH building Vol. 336

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Portland, Oregon August 19th, 1872 (Stamped) H.M. ROBERT, US Engineers. AUG 19 1872 Maj. Henry M. Roberts L.H. Engr. 13th L.H. Dist. Sir: In consequence of the unavoidable delays which have attended the construction of the Keepers Dwelling at Cape Foulweather Light House Station, I am obliged to ask for a further extension of sixty days time in which to complete the work.

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Owing to the stranding of the schooner Elnorah at Yaquina Bay, the vessel I had engaged to transport my materials from San Francisco, and the inability of her owners to procure another vessel, I was compelled to make different arrangements for the transportation of my materials,

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

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January 16 3

Major H.M. Robert, Portland, Oregon.

Foulweather telegram received. Enquiries will be made at once. It appears from your telegram that the whole number of cases and pieces for Foulweather Lantern shipped by General Woodruff were received by you.

Charge to Light House Board.

Elliot.

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January 16 (187)3

Sir: Your telegram of the 15th instant has been received, and the following answer has been this day sent you by telegraph:

"Foulweather telegram received. Enquiries will be made at once. It appears from your telegram that the whole number of cases and pieces for Foulweather lantern, shipped by General Woodruff has been received by you."

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

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

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January 17 (187)3

Major H. M. Robert, Portland, Oregon.

With Woodruff's letter to Williamson of April first last, was sent a list of contents of sixteen boxes and sixteen pieces. All the parts you report as missing were included. Telegraph to Michler for the list. You must have made some mistake. If this will delay lighting beyond first of March inform The Board.

Elliot.

Charge to Light House Board

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January 18 (187)3

Sir: The following telegram was yesterday sent you:

"With Woodruff's letter to Williamson, of April first last, was sent a list of contents of sixteen boxes and sixteen pieces. All the parts you report as missing were included. Telegraph to Michler for the list. You must have made some mistake. If this will delay lighting beyond first of March, inform the Board."

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

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

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In regard to the floor lights, they do not appear in the list of contents of the boxes, but they are not essential to the lighting of the lens, and it can be done without them, temporarily covering the holes.

Enquiries will be made at once in regard to them, and if not found, they will be supplied. You are requested to inform the Board at once in regard to them.

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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p-3 letters HM Roberts 1872-1875

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Very Respectfullly,

George H. Elliot

Major of Engineers Engineer Secretary

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

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January 20 2

Sir:

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter (which was unsigned) of the 22nd December last, reporting contract for metal work for Cape Foulweather Light House tower awarded to Oregon Iron Works Company, ???

Very Respectfully,

??? H. Elliot Major of Engineers Engineer Secretary

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

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February 28 2

Sir:

Upon further consideration of your recommendation of the 30th September last, that the contractor for construction of the Keeper's dwelling at the Cape Foulweather Light Station be allowed an extension of sixty days time from the first day of July next, the Board has decided to allow the contractor the extension asked - that is, until the 28th day of August next.

Very respectfully,

Major H. M. Robert Corps of Engineers USA L.H. Engineer Portland, Oregon

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

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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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March 5 2

Gentlemen:

In reply to your letter of the 2nd instant, I have to inform you that Col Woodruff, the Engineer of the 3rd Light House District, has been requested to have the lantern for Cape Foulweather Light House duly inspected, and if up to the requirements of the contract, to see that it is shipped on board steamer for California. The boxes will be marked "Major H.M. Robert, care of Major R.S. Williamson, Light House Engineer, San Francisco, California".

Very respectfully,

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

Ames Man. Company Chicopee, Mass.

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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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March 18 2

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.

Respectfully,

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

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

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Box 45 CF missing boxes of lens glass and skylights 1873

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January 29 (187)3

Sir: The Engineer of the 3rd Light House District informs this Office that he has ordered fourteen prismatic light covers to be shipped to you by steamer to Portland, Oregon, for the Cape Foulweather Light Station.

Very respectuflly. 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, Maine.

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January 29 (187)3

Sir: Referring to your telegram of the 22 instant, in which you say- "Location of Foulweather correct according to Coast Pilot of Oregon"- I have to remark that the Coast Pilot gives the latitude of Yaquina Point as 44° 40 N., the same as you have stated in your form of Notice to Mariners, but the Notice to Mariners also states that Foulweather Light House is 3 3/8 miles to the northward of Yaquina Point. Please to explain your telegram.

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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January 29 (187)3

Sir:

Referring to the matter of Cape Foulweather Light. you are requested to telegraph the new date for lighting as soon as possible: but do not light the station until you receive orders from the Board to do so.

The Places for floor lights must be temporarily covered. ((illegible)) death ??.

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

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

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February 13, (187)3

Major H. M. Robert, Portland, Oregon.

Sixteen boxes in addition to three boxes glass for Foulweather lantern were shipped in March by Ocean Queen. Bills of la(n)ding were sent to Williamson. Michler has been directed to have Winship hunt them up and inform you. If necessary go to San Francisco yourself and inform Board of result.

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 in addition to three boxes glass for Foulweather lantern were shipped in March by Ocean Queen. Bills of la(n)ding were sent to Williamson. Michler has been directed to have Winship hunt them up and inform you. If necessary, go to San Francisco yourself and inform Board of result.

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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1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports

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(SIDE BAR) Photographer on Shubrick- aurth'd

1871 Mar 14 From Engineer Secy Maj. G. H. Elliot To Col. R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: Referring to your letter of the 6th instant I have to say that the employment of a photographer on the terms heretofore state by you to go in the "Shubrick" on her next trip for the supply of the Pacific Coast lights is approved.

Mar 15 From Chrmn. L.H.B Rear Adml. W.B. Shubrick To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Your letter of the 4th instant addressed to the Secretary of the Treasury reporting for duty in the Light House Establishment has been received at this office and I have to inform you that you are assigned to duty as Light House Engineer of the 13th Light House District which embraces the Pacific Coast of the United State north of the northern boundary of California. Col. R. S. Williamson U.S.A.

Engineers, Light House Engineer for the 12th &13th Districts, will turn over to you the property pertaining to the 13th District, and the directions which he has received from this Board in relation to it.

(SIDE BAR) Detailed for duty as L.H. Engineer 13" Dist.

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(SIDE BAR) Office of L.H. Engr.' 13" Dist- books &c, will be sent

1871 Mar. 16 From Engineer Secy Maj. G.H. Elliot To Maj. H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: There is sent to you herewith for your information an extract from the proceedings of the last meeting of the Board, concerning the office of the Light House Engineer of the 13th District. A box containing books pamphlets, &c, will be sent to you as soon as you inform the Board where you will have it addressed. For Enclosure see Volume 5 page Board Journal.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram Mar 22 From Engineer Secy Maj. G. H. Elliot To Major H M Robert Corps Engineers Deed for Yaquina approved Go on with the construction of the Light House. Appropriation reverts on first of July. Letter by mail.

Mar 22 From Engineer Secy Major G.H.Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Herewith you will find deed of Lester P. Baldwin and wife to the United States, and a copy of the opinion of the Attorney General in regard to the validity of the title. Colonel Williamson has this day been directed to turn over to you the amounts of the special ap-(propriations)

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay-purchase of L.H. Site- rel.

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1871.

of a light-house site and have the honor to state that in my opinion the deed of conveyance from Lester P. Baldwin and wife to the United States, executed on the 11th of January last and offered for the acceptance of the government is sufficient to pass a valid title to the premises.

I am sir very respectfully Your obedient servant. (sig) A. T. Akerman. Attorney General.

Hon. Geo. S. Boatwell Secretary of the Treasury.

Mar.23. From Engineer Sec'y Maj. G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Gen. Woodruff has today been requested to send you by the first steamer a 5th order lens, fixed 240° for Yaquina Bay Light House.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram Mar.25 From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Col. R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers.

Foulweather appropriation made. Yaquina reverts.

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(SID BAR) Telegram 1871. Apr 1. From Engineer Sec'y Maj. G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Adopt Colonel Williamson's plan of wooden house and tower combined at Yaquina.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram Apr 10. From Engineer Sec'y Major Geo. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Have new and correct deed executed and pay the money, if abstract or chain of title is the same in both cases.

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina deed for site al Apr. 11. From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 1st April, I have to say that it will be better to get a new deed for the site at Yaquina than to correct the old one. The money can be paid without further reference to this office if the abstract of title on which the Attorney General formed his opinion does not require to be changed- that is, if the chain of title is the same for the correctly as for the erroneously described piece of land.

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(SIDE BAR) Circular detailed estimates, plans etc. 1871 Apr. 11 From Naval Sec'y Rear Adml T. A. Jenkins for Chu. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: The practice does not seem to be uniform among the Engineers in regard to sending detailed estimates with the plans submitted by them.

You are requested in every case of sending the plans for approval to send the estimated cost with it on the form established by the Board, and of which fifty copies are sent herewith.

When each work is completed another paper should be sent showing the estimated and actual cost.

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H. construction of- rel Apr. 18. From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Your letter of the 10th instant is received, and you are authorized to return to San Francisco, as requested to make preparations for the construction of Yaquina Light House.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram May 9. From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

What newspapers and how many times.

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1871. May 27.

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay-Chart of entrance Sect.

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

Sir: Today is sent you a Coast Survey Chart of entrance to Yaquina Bay, Oregon.

May 31. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H.-rel. reversion of balances

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

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 12th of April, relative to the reversion to the Treasury of the appropriation for Yaquina Light House, I transmit herewith for your information a copy of the Circular containing letter of Commissioner of Customs dated April 29th relative to contracts and reversion of balances.

June 15. (SIDE BAR) Names of clerks in office asked.

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

Sir: Your letter of the 1st instant is received, and the employment of the clerk and overseer referred to is approved.

You will please to furnish the names of these persons, stating date of employment and amount of salaries for the confirmation of the Secretary of the Treasury. Their official oaths will be also sent to this office.

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1871. June 26.

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

Sir:

Your letter of the 12th instant is received and the award of contract for building Light Keeper's dwelling at Cape Disappointment, W. T. (Washington Territory) to Charles F. Brown for $9,890., gold coin is approved.

July 10.

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

Sir:

Your letter of the 27th instant, relative to Yaquina Light House, is received.

The Lantern has been paid for by Gen. Duane from funds sent to him from this Office for the purpose.

July 10.

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

Sir:

I enclose herewith for your information a copy of a letter from the Department appointing Mr. C. B. Talbot as additional draughtsman at $150 per month.

For Enclosure see Volume 288 page 46 of Letters Received.

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1871. Aug. 30 (SIDE BAR) Yaquina rel payment of bills for survey of

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

Sir:

The bill for survey of Yaquina reservation reffered to by your letter of the 18th instant can be paid if you con state on the face of the voucher, "ordered prior to July 1st, 1870"

Mileage cannot be paid to a civilian employe. In such cases actual necessary expenses, certified to by the employe are allowed.

Aug. 31.

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

Sir:

Referring to your letter of the 19th instant, I have to inform you that Mr. J. A. Sesowrd has been entered on our books as Superintendent of Construction instead of draughtsman, and you may so rate him in your future returns.

Sept. 2 (SIDE BAR) Cape Foulweather L.H. - rel. completion

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

Sir:

I have to inform you that J. T. Ames of Chicopee, Massachusetts, has a contract for making a first order lantern for the Cape Foulweather Light House and has agreed to have it finished ready to be sent to you, Care of Col. Williamson, San Francisco, by the 1st of January 1872.

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