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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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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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1899 Heater Vol. 1340

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(All communications should be addressed to "THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD.") Treasure Department, Office of the Light-House Board Washington, D.C., Sept. 2, 1899.

The Honorable, The Secretary of the Treasury. Sir: Referring to a letter from the Engineer of the 13th Light-House District of 26 Aug., '99, the board has the honor to state that it is necessary to make repairs and install a heater at the Yaquina Head, Oreg., Light-Station.

It is estimated that this work can be done at a total cost of $850 to be paid from funds allotted from the appropriation Repairs and Incidental Expenses of Light-Houses, 1900.

Authority is therefore asked to make repairs and install a heater at the before named Light-Station at a total estimated cost of $850, the work to be done under the direction of the Board by persons in its employ and by the purchase of the necessary materials, excepting the heater, of the lowest bidder after due advertisement in accordance with existing regulations, that

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1888 jetty re-establish YB inquires Vol. 761

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when a proper channel shall have been assured, and commerce shall have so grown as to demand it, the establishment of range lights, to permit night crossings of the bar, would be desirable; but that he can see no present need of re-establishing the light at Yaquina Head.

The Chief of Engineers concurs in Capt. Young's views upon the subject.

Very respectfully Your obedient servant, Wm.C. Endicott, Secretary of War

The Honorable, The Secretary of the Treasury

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Box 251 YB YH reprimand stove 1874 to 1875

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Yaquina Light Station Appointment of Officer in Charge as Inspector of Customs

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Enclosed herewith I send you a copy of a letter from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury dated January 30th, 1875, asking whether any objection exists to the appointment or assignment to duty of the officer, now under direction of the Light-House Board, who is in charge of this LightHouse property at Yaquina, as Inspector of Customs. I also enclose an extract from the report of Special Agent Goddard of the Treasury Department in which the same matter is referred to. In this connection you are requested

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Yaquina Bay - Pay of Custodian

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October 18th 5

Sir:

Enclosed herewith you will find a copy of a letter from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury, dated October 5th, by which the Board is authorized to pay Mr. R.A. Bensall, at a rate not to exceed $600 per annum for his services while in charge of the Light-House property at Yaquina Bay, Oregon. In accordance with this authority you are authorized to make the payment in question from the appropriation for salaries of Light-House Keepers. Funds for this purpose will be sent you. Please refer to this letter, by date, on the voucher, as your authority for making the payment.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary

Lt. Commndr. L. Kempff. Inspector 13th L.H. Dist. Astoria, Oregon.

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Treasury Deparment Office of the Light-House Board 25 Oct 1888

Major Thomas H. Handbury U.S.A. Engineer 13th L.H. Dist. Portland, Oreg.

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Referring to your letter of 12 Oct. '88, regarding the Yaquina Bay, Oreg. light-house reservation, under authority granted by the Honorable, the Secretary of the Treasury in his letter of 24 Oct. '88, the Board authorizes you to transfer to the Engineer Officer in charge of the improvement of the entrance to Yaquina Bay, Oreg., the reservation in question, together with the buildings thereon, for the temporary use of the War Department, with the understanding that when no longer used by said department, or whenever

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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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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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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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dwelling and tower at Cape Foulweather until next Spring is approved, but the sixty days extension asked for completing the contract will be considered hereafter, and the decision will be communicated to you.

Nov. 8. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H. -non arrival of chimneys for

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 26th October is received.

It is regretted that the box containing the chimneys for Yaquina Light House failed to arrive.

Nov. 8. (SIDE BAR) Nomination of J. T. Robert as L.H. Clerk

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your communication of the 26th ultimo nominating Joseph T. Robert as a light house Clerk in place of David Pinkney resigned has been received, and forwarded to the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury.

The official oath of said J. T. Robert was also received and sent to the Commissioner of Customs.

Nov. 10. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay L.H. contracts with B. Simpson & J. Bien for work on- approved.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 28th instant transmitting copy of letter of August 5th VC???

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answer your purpose the general supervision of the works to continue in yourself without the necessity of a Superintendent of Construction.

However if you cannot get along without such an employee, the Board will forward your nomination to the Secretary of the Treasury with its approval, when you send the name of the person you desire for the position.

Feb. 13

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

Sixteen boxes in addition to three boxes glass for Foulweather lantern were shipped in March by Ocean Queen. Bills of lading 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 results.

Feb. 18

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

Were the bronze rabbets of the missing lantern posts received? Michler says the three boxes were lost.

Feb. 20

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

Missing parts lantern will be shipped in four weeks.

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"C" of which plans and specifications will be sent you, and both it and the fog - signal house will be built by contract. Authority will be asked at once from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury for your publication of a notice of the form herewith and you will send and abstract of the bids received for approval to the Board, with your recommendation in regard to the award. A lantern will be sent to you on your requisition, and it should include all the lanterns which will be required in your District under existing appropriations. A twelve inch (12") steam for whistle, with everything connected therewith has been ordered to be made by the Engineer of the First District and sent to you. A syren is not considered as desirable at Point Adams, on account of the drifting sand and its liability to get out of order. Application should be made at once to the State authorities (if the land has passed out of the control of the Government) for sufficient land, extending southward from the Military reservation, to cover the proposed site. If the land is yet under the control of the General Land Office, immediate application should be made to the Board by you (telegraph) for its reservation from sale by his Excellency, the President.

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Apl. 28. Cape Foulweather Lighthouse

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

Sir: You are requested to telegraph to the Board the date at which the Light at Cape Foulweather can be lighted as soon as you can determine the

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"C" of which plans and specifications will be sent you and both it and the fog-signal house will be built by contract. Authority will be asked at once from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury for your publication of a notice of the form herewith and you will send an abstract of the bids received for approval to the Board, with your recommendation in regard to the award.

A lantern will be sent to you on your requisition, and it should include all the lanterns which will be required in your District under existing appropriations. A twelve inch (12") steam fog-whistle, with everything connected therewith, has been ordered to be made by the Engineer of the First District and sent to you. A ??? is not considered as desirable at Point Adams, on account of the drifting sand and its liability to get out of order.

Application should be made at once to the State authorities (if the land has passed out of the control of the Government) for sufficient land, extending southward from the Military reservation, to cover the proposed site. If the land is yet under the control of the General Land Office, immediate application should be made to the Board by you (telegraph) for its reservation from sale by his Excellency, the President.

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Apl. 28. From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: You are requested to telegraph to the Board the date at which the Light at Cape Foulweather can be lighted as soon as you can determine the

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1873. July 14.

From Naval Secretary Comdr. J. G. Walker To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: Herewith enclosed please find a copy of a letter from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury respecting the basis of currency upon which payments are to be made for services rendered and materials procured withinthe United States for the Government.

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July 22.

From Acting Engineer Secretary Major O. M. Poe. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: I herewith enclose for payment a bill for advertising in the "Alta California" Boilers for Fog Signals, approved by the Secretary of the Treasury and amounting to $8.75.

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July 25.

From Acting Engineer Secretary Major O. M. Poe. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Exhibit Foulweather light August 20th, and thereafter.

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July 25.

From Acting Engineer Secretary Major O. M. Poe To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: Herewith enclosed are transmitted three copies of contract duly approved made with James A. Robb for completion of Cape Foulweather Light-House, Oregon. One copy for file in the Engineer's office, one for the Superintendent of Construction, and one for delivery to the contractor.

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Yaquina Bay Built 1869 to 1871

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March 2, 1867. Repre & renov at Morgans Point Lt station NY $275.31 March 2, 1867. Repre & renov at Norwalk Island Lt station NY 558.98 March 2, 1867. Repre & renov at Little Gull Lt station NY 282.97. July 20, 1868 Rbldg Lt H Cape Canaveral Fla, 29.26 $3825.71

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Feb 8, 1870 From Navel Secretary Com Thornton A. Jenkins.

Wolf Islad Lt H: nomination of Kpr.

Sir: _ I have the honor to transmit copy of a letter from John L. Collins Esq. Supt of Lights at Brunswick, Georgia nominating Mr. Hiram Hammett for appointment as Keeper of the Light House at Wolf Island, in place of E.E. Howard, resigned.

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Feb 8, 1870 From Chairman Lt H: Board Adm. W. B. Shubrick

Yaquina Bay - erection of Lt H: rel to

Sir: _ I have the honor respectfully to sub mit the following report, with a sketch of the locality, in answer to the following Resolution of the Senate, referred to this Board: "In the Senate of the United States. January 13, 1870."

"Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to inform the Senate as to the necessity and expediency of constructing a Harbor Light House at the mouth of Yaquina Bay, in the State of Oregon, with an estimate of the cost of such structure."

1. That from the best and most reliable information this Board has been able

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Coast Guard District narrative histories 1945

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FOREWORD

A history of Aids to Navigation is, prior to 1939, a history of the Lighthouse Service. Since 1789, the Lighthouse Service had established and maintained navigational aids along all coasts of the United States and all its inland waters. In 1939, the Reorganization Plan II provided for the consolidation of the Bureau of Lighthouses with the Coast Guard. The transfer of the duties from the Bureau to the Coast Guard were made mainly to reduce expenditures to the fullest extent for the efficient operation of the Government. It was appreciated and understood that there was a natural reluctance of personnel to change from the Bureau to another Service. To overcome this hesitation, the transfer was effected by avoiding discharges wherever possible and "cutting" the personnel by not filling vacancies which were in effect at the time of the transfer.

The Secretary of the Treasury authorized the induction of officers and crew of tenders and Lightships, Keepers of Lighthouses and Depots, Light Attendants, Radio Electricians, Examiners and Maintenance Supervisors, as the duties of those positions were comparable with duties performed in the military service of the Coast Guard. In addition to those positions, there was a large group of positions which were analogous to those now held by civilian employees of the Coast Guard, such as draftsmen, mechanics, laborers, watchmen, messengers in the sub-professional and custodial duties and various positions in the clerical, administrative and physical service. This group continued exactly as before and received promotions and increase in

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Correspondence of LH board 1901-1910

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subject to the future needs of the Light House Establishment.

I again wrote the Secretary of the Treasury, asking if he would be willing to authorize Mr. Jones to lease a portion of the Reservation for the purpose stated, and reviewed the information contained in your letters, as well as those of the War Department. The Secretary of the Treasury on April 22nd, stated that under the permission granted May 12th, 1906, his Department obtained no title to the Reservation beyond the right to use and occupy the land for life saving purposes and for such purposes only. He stated, therefore, that he was without authority to grant the permission desired by Mr. Jones.

From all this correspondence it would appear that the Reservation is strictly under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce and Labor, and if permission is to be given for the erection of a chute it must be given by you as head of that Department.

On April 26th, I telegraphed Mr. Jones as follows:

"In case government grant permit erection chute on Yaquina life saving reservation subject to their right to order removal at any time, would you care for it if it could be obtained. Cant promise success even under this condition, but would make additional effort if you desire."

I today received a telegram from Mr. Jones to the effect that he would be glad to acquire the privilege on the condition named, and assured me that he would remove the chute at any time he was requested to do so by your Department.

From my personal knowledge of the locality, I can say that I believe no harm whatever would be done the Reservation

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making of him the same request that I had made of you, and on April 3rd, received a letter from the Assistant Secretary of War, stating that there was some question as to whether this Reservation was under the jurisdiction of the War Department, or the Department of Commerce and Labor. I was somewhat surprised at this immediately addressed another letter to the Assistant Secretary of War and one to Assistant Secretary Murray, asking them to immediately make further investigation and notify me positively what Department had jurisdiction. It seemed to me that this ought to be a matter of record.

On April 8th, you replied to my letter, stating that the matter was under investigation, and on April 12th you wrote me again to this effect:

"Site was transferred to the War Department October 24th, 1888, and upon receipt of the information contained in several endorsements by that Department upon a letter from Senator Gearing, dated March 23rd, 1906, to the effect that the War Department had no further use for the site, the Light-House Board reassumed its control. On May 12th, 1906, the Reservation was transferred to the Treasury Department for the use of hte Life Saving Service subject to the future needs of the Light-House Establishment.

"This Department also states that the Light-house Board, after a careful examination of the locality, a consideration of a possible need to establish additional aids to navigation in the near future upon the Reservation, is of the opinion that it is not advisable either to sell or lease the Reservation, and in that opinion this Department concurs."

Under date of April 13th, the Assistant Secretary of war confirmed the transfer of the Reservation on May 12th, 1906, to the Treasury Department for the use of the Life Saving Service, subject to the future needs of the Light-House Establishment.

I again wrote the Secretary of the Tresury, asking if he would be willing to authorize Mr. Jones to leas a portion

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of the Reservation for the purpose above stated, and reviewed the information contained in your letters, as well as those of the War Department. The Secretary of the Treasury on April 22nd, stated that under the permission granted May 12th, 1906, his Department obtained no title to the Reservation beyond the right to use and occupy the land for life saving purposes and for such purposes only. He stated, therefore, that he was without authority to grant the permission desired by Mr. Jones.

From the correspondence it would appear that the Reservation is strictly under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce and Labor, and if permission is to be given for the erection of a chute it must be given by you as head of that Department.

On April 12th, I telegraphed Mr. Jones as follows:

"In case government permit erection chute on Yaquina life saving reservation subject to their right to order removal at any time, would you care for it if it could be obtained. Cant promise success even under this condition, but would make additional effort if you desire."

I to day received a telegram from Mr. Jones to the effect that he would be glad to acquire the privilege on the condition named, and assured me that he would remove the chute at any time he was requested to do so by your Department.

From my personal knowledge of the locality, I can say that I believe no harm whatever would be done the Reservation if conditional permission was given Mr. Jones to occupy a portion of the beach with his chute. He desires to build the chute on the beach. The main portion of the Reservation, as I recall,

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War Department, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington.

April 2, 1907

The Secretary of War.

Sir:

1. By authority of the Secretary of the Treasury, dated October 24, 1888, a reservation of about 36 acres was transferred by the Light-House Board to the officer in charge of the improvement of Yaquina Bay, Ore., for the temporary use of the War Department, with the understanding that when no longer used by that Department, or whether required by the Light-House Board, the reservation and buildings thereon should revert to the care of the Light-House Establishment.

2. The War Department has no further use for this reservation, and under date of April 17, 1906, this office reported to the Secretary of War the facts in the case, with recommendation that the Department of Commerce and Labor be informed that as the improvements of Yaquina Bay have been discontinued, there is no objection to the Light-House Establishment resuming possession and control of the reservation. What further action was taken is not known to this office.

3. Applications have been received by the War Department for privileges on this reservation, and the applicants have been referred to the Department of Commerce and Labor, who state that they have there been informed that the reservation is still under the control of the War Department. Inasmuch as there seems to be some doubt as to which Department is now in responsible charge of

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OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY 11302 WAR DEPARTMENT MAR 26 1906

OFFICE OF CHIEF OF ENGINEER 58859 WAR DEPARTMENT MAR 26 1906

Washington, March 23, 1906

105 I.Y.B. U.S. ENGINEER OFFICE APR 3 1906 PORTLAND, OREGON.

Gearin, Senator J.M.

Incloses correspondence in re inquiry of Dan.J.Maher, Clerk, Port of Portland,Ore., as to status of Government Light House after abandonment, at Yaquina Bay,Ore., and as to what interest Government retains in same, with a view to leasing or purchasing.

3 incls 15 May '06 ??? 13 ??? 4572 RH 1889 ??? REC'S BASE, OFFICE OF CHIEF OF ENGR APR 14 1906 Incs 1-3 acc'g REC'D MAR 26 1906 RECORD DIV. WAR DEPT. ???

***NEXT PAGE*** MAY 9 1906 LIGHT HOUSE BOARD 1053 RECEIVED

WAR DEPARTMENT, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, ???

ENCLOSURE

1954 March 28, 1906. 4547 Respectfully referred to Maj. T. W. Rossler, Corps of Engineers, for remark and recommendation. To be returned. By command of Brig. Gen. Mackenzie: ??? ??? Major, Corps of Engineers. 58859 Inclos. t- 3 accomp'g

3rd indorsement, U. S. Engineer Office, Portland,Oregon,Apr. 6, 1906.

1. Respectfully returned to the Cheif of Engineers,U.S.Army. 2. The reservation in question comprises about 36 acres. There is an old abandoned light house dwelling, with tower attached, on the ocean front. Also a dwelling formerly used for quarters in connection with the harbor improvement.

***NEXT PAGE*** 3. The light house was built in 1871 and the light has been discontinued since October 1, 1874, upon the completion of the first order light at Yaquina Head about 4 miles to the north. 4. The improvement of Yaquina Bay has been discontinued and as the War Department has no present use for the reservation, I would recommend that it be returned to the Department of Commerce and Labor, which now has jurosdiction over light house property.

S.W.Roessler Major,Corps of Engineers,U.S.A. 3-Inclos. 1-3. accompg. J.P.B. 105-I.Y.B.

Through Col.W.H.Heuer, Corps of Engineers,U.S.Army, Division Engineer, Pacific Division, San Francisco, Cal.

4th indorsement. United States Engineer Office, Pacific Division, San Francisco, Cal. ,Apr.9,1906. Respectfully forwarded to the Chief of Engineers ,U.S.Army.

WH HEuer Colonel ,Corps of Engineers, Division Engineer. Inclos.1-3 accomp'g.

REC'D. OFFICE CHIEF OF ENGRS. APR 14 1906

***NEXT PAGE*** 5th indorsement. WAR DEPARTMENT, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, WASHINGTON, APRIL 17, 1906.

1. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War. 2 Senator Gearin desires to the informed regarding the status of certain land, known as the Light-House Reservation, at Yaquina Bay, Oreg. 2. This reservation, comprising about 36 acres, was, by authority of the Secretary of the Treasury, dated October 24, 1888, transferred by the Light-House Board to the officer in charge of the improvement of Yaquina Bay, for the temporary use of the War Department, with the understanding that when no longer used by the said Department, or whenever required by the Board, the reservation and buildings should revert to the care of the Light-House Establishment. 3. Inviting attention to the report of Major Roessler, in 3d indorsement hereon, I recommend that the Department of Commerce and Labor be informed that, as the improvement of Yaquina Bay has been discontinued, the War Department has no present use for the reservation and there is no objection to the Light-House Establishment resuming possession and control thereof. I further recommend that Senator Gearin be informed of this action.

??? Mackenzie Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineer.

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WAR DEPARTMENT

11302 WASHINGTON

April 18, 1906

Dear Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter 23d ultimo, inclosing correspondence in relation to an inquiry from Mr. Dan J. Maher, Clerk of the Port of Portland Commission, Portland, Oregon, relative to the status of certain land known as the Light House Reservation at Yaquina Bay, Oregon.

Replying thereto I beg to inform you that this reservation, comprising about thirty-six acres, was, by authority of the Secretary of the Treasury dated October 24, 1888, transferred by the Light House Board to the engineer officer in charge of the improvement of Yaquina Bay for temporary use of the War Department, with the understanding that when no longer used by the said Department, or whenever required by the Board, the reservation and buildings should revert to the care of the Light House Establishment.

As it appears fronm a report of the local engineer officer, Major Roessler, that the improvement of Yaquina Bay has been discontinued, the Department of Commerce and Labor has been informed that as the War Department has no present use for the reservation, there is no objection to the Light House Establishment assuming possession and control thereof.

All the papers in the case have been transmitted to the Department of Commerce and Labor, and Mr. Maher should be advised to correspond with the Department regarding further disposition of the property.

Very respectfully, Robert Shaw Oliver. Assistant Secretary of War.

Hon. J. M. Gearin, United States Senate.

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Department of Commerce and Labor Light-House Establishment

Office of Engineer, 13th District Portland, Oreg.

February 12, 1906

The Light-House Board Washington D. C.

Sirs:

Replying to Board's letter of February 6, 1906, No. 1053, enclosing letter from Hon. John M. Gearin, U.S. Senator, dated January 24, 1906, together with it enclosure, being a letter from Mr. Dan J. Maher, of Portland, Oregon, dated January 18, 1906, relative to lease or purchase of Light-House Reservation at entrance to Yaquina Bay, Oregon. I have the honor to report that this reservation was temporarily transferred to the War Department authority of the Secretary of the Treasury under date of October 24, 1888, in connection with the improvement of the entrance to Yaquina Bay. Should this work be again continued, a portion, at least, of this reservation will be required. Attention is respectfuly invited to joint report of the Inspector and Engineer of this District under date of September 24, 1903, bearing on this subject. In view of the above facts I would respectfully recommend that the reservation be not sold, but that it be leased on the

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Department of Commerce and Labor Light-House Establishment Office of Engineer, 13th District Portland, Oreg., Sept. 24, 1903.

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The Light-House Board, Washington, D. C.

Sirs: Complying with Board's letter of 9th September, 1903, File No. 1053, enclosing letter from Mr. Edwin Stone, Manager, Corvallis & Eastern Railroad Co., we have the honor to submit the following joint report on the question of leasing the Light-House Reservation and property at entrance to Yaquina Bay, Oregon. A map of the reservation, showing boundaries, building, etc. is herewith. The whole reservation was temporarily transferred to the War Department under authority dated Oct. 24, 1888, Secretary of the Treasury, in connection with improvement of this entrance. Copy of this authority is enclosed. The necessity for the use of a portion at least of the reservation by that Department has, apparently, not ceased this portion should not be leased. The buildings marked "A" on the map were erected by that Department. There would seem to be no objection to leasing such portion of the reservation as is not needed by the War Department for a long term of years, say twenty, under proper restrictions and after due advertisement to the highest bidder.

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COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, UNITED STATES SENATE, Washington, D.C. Dec. 11-1901

Sir: I am directed by the Committee on Commerce to refer to you the inclosed bill & 937; 57th Congress, 1st session;

Making an appropriation for the construction of additional quarters for the accomodation of three keepers at Yaquina Head, Oregon, Light Station.

and to request you to furnish the Committee with such suggestions as you may deem proper touching the merits of the bill and the propriety of its passage.

I am, very respectfully, Woodbury ??? Clerk.

Hon. L. J. Gage Secretary of the Treasury

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WAR DEPARTMENT WASHINGTON, 11302 April 18, 1906.

MAILED APR 20 1900

Dear Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the reciept of your letter of 23d ultimo, inclosing correspondence in relationto an inquiry from Mr. Dan. J. Maher, Clerk of the Port of Portland Commission, Portland, Oregon, relative to the status of certain land known as the Light House Reservation at Yaquina Bay, Oregon. Replying thereto I beg to inform you that this reservation, comprising about thirty-six acres, was, by authority of the Secretary of the Treasury dates October 24, 1888, transferred by the Light House Board to the engineer officer in charge of the improvement of Yaquina Bay for temporary use of the War Department, with the understanding that when no longer used by the said Department, or whenever required by the Board, the reservation and buildings should revert to the care of hte Light House Establishment. As it appears from a report of the local engineer officer, Major Roessler, that the improvement of Yaquina Bay has been discontinued, the Department of Commerce and Labor has been informed that as the War Department has no present

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