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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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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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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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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???

SIDE BAR

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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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Correspondence of LH board 1901-1910

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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.

58859 Inclos. 1-3 accompg. ???

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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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