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1888 jetty re-establish YB inquires Vol. 761

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War Department Washington City December 30th 1887

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th instant inclosing a request from the Light House Board for information reflecting the present condition of the harbor of Yaquina, Oregon, and whether the improvements have been completed warranting the establishment of a light in that locality.

In reply I beg to state that the matter was referred to Captain William Young, Corps of Engineers, the Officer in charge of the improvements at the entrance to Yaquina Bay, and to enclose a copy of his report, dated the 17th instant, from which it appears that the works in the harbor are still in an unfinished condition; that

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Box 251 YB YH reprimand stove 1874 to 1875

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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.

Sir:

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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required by the Board, the reservation and buildings shall revert to the care of the Light House Establishment.

For your further information on this subject and for file with the title papers in your office, there is enclosed a copy of the Secretary's letter authorizing the transfer of the reservation to the War Department.

Respectfully,

James ???

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

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Coast Guard District narrative histories 1945

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Work in this area was not begun until the later part of the Summer, but the operators, in the early Spring, began to urge that some assistance be given them as the waters were entirely without navigational aids and it was necessary to maintain a regular service including night travel in the transportation of lumber and direct war supplies. Due to the lack of lights, the operators were constantly damaging marine equipment and retarding the flow of this important traffic. Marine Inspectors had established Coast Guard Operating Regulations in this area and operators were finding it almost impossible to comply with these regulations under the circumstances. They pointed out that the installations of equipment such as were direly needed in the Roosevelt Lake were being made in other inland waters where cargo, generally, did not have the high war rating as in their area. They understood that complete coverage of the area could be made. In spite of the urgency of this request, the District Coast Guard Officer did not feel that temporary measures could be taken and, consequently, Roosevelt Dam aids were not established until August, 1945. The War Department issued a permit for a boom to be established below Peach to catch any drift from the Upper Columbia River before it reached the Dam. Brush so caught by the boom was to be dragged ashore and disposed of by burning. The boom was to be installed in two sections, one slightly upstream from the other, but overlapping its length so as to permit boats to pass around the ends of the boom on their way either up or down the river. Headquarters, at the request of the War Department recommended that the District prescribe such lights or signals as were necessary. The District Coast Guard recommended the reflector type lens which required no electric or automatic power for operation.

In December, 1944, a representative of the Aids to Navigation Office surveyed the area of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, for navigational lights on the lake. As a result, it was determined that lights and reflectors were necessary as there was considerable traffic in lumber and war supplies. Before approval was received from Headquarters for these installations, a second survey was made, approximately six months later, to determine the exact locations. (It had been impossible and impracticable to spot exact locations in the December Survey.) The results of the second investigation were that 9 lights were proposed, subject to Headquarters' approval. Headquarters, however, did not favor the proposed program for aids to navigation in Coeur d' Alene as there did not seem to be sufficient traffic bearing on the war effort and also because the war was drawing to a close. (13 August, 1945). Headquarters indicated that if sufficient evidence was presented for the need for aids in that area at some future date, the program would be given consideration.

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Correspondence of LH board 1901-1910

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United States Senate Washington, D.C. April 27, 1907.

Hon. Oscar S. Straus, Secretary of Commerce and Labor, Washington, D.C.

My dear Mr. Secretary:

As I informed you in a letter dated March 4th, 1907, Mr. B.F. Jones, a prominent attorney of Independence, Oregon, is desirous of securing permission to occupy about half and acre of the beach of the Government Light House Reservation at Newport, Oregon, officially known, I believe, as the Yaquina Light House Reservation. He desires to erect at this point a shoot-the-chutes, for the benefit of summer visitors at the nearby resort. Mr. Jones does not wish to secure any permanent rights on the Reservation, but merely wants a temporary privilege, agreeing to remove the chute whenever requested to do so by your Department.

I have a good deal of correspondence in regard to this matter and up to the present time have met with no success. In order that you may understand exactly what has been done, I will give you the case briefly.

I made a personal request of you, as above stated, on March 4th, 1907. Under date of March 8th, Assistant Secretary Murray advised me that this Reservation had been transferred in 1888 to the War Department for its use until needed by the Light House Board. He stated that the Department of Commerce was

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therefore unable to grant the request.

I then addressed a letter to the Secretary of War, 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 and 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 Gearin, 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 the LifeSaving 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,

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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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United States Senate. Washington, D.C.

April 27, 1907.

Hon. Oscar S. Straus,

Secretary of Commerce and Labor,

Washington, D. C.

My dear Mr. Secretary:

As I am informed in a letter dated March 4th, 1907, Mr. B.F. Jones, a prominent attorney of Independence, Oregon, is desirous of securing permission to occupy about half an acre of the beach of the Government Light-House Reservation at Newport, Oregon, officially know, I believe, as the Yaquina Light-House Reservation. He desires to erect at this point a shoot-the chutes, for the benefit of summer visitors at the nearby resort. Mr. Jones does not wish to secure any permanent rights on the Reservation, but merely wants a temporary privilege, agreeing to remove the chute whenever requested to do so by your Department.

I have had a good deal of correspondence in regard to this matter and up to the present time have met with no success. In order that you may understand exactly what has been done, I will give you the case briefly.

I made a personal request of you, as above stated, on March 4th, 1907. Under date of March 8th, Assistant Secretary Murray advised me that this Reservation had been transferred in 1888 to the War Department for its use until needed by the Light-House Board. He stated that the Department of Commerce was therefore unable to grant the request.

I then addressed a letter to the Secretary of War,

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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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United States Senate Washington, D.C. April 6, 1907.

Hon. Lawrence O. Murray, Assistant Secretary, Department of Commerce and Labor.

Dear Sir:

On March 8th I received a letter from you in reply to a letter which I addressed to the Secretary on March 4th, asking that permission be granted Mr. B.F. Jones to use a part of the light-house reservation at Newport, Oregon. you then advised me that your Department had been informed by the Light-House Board that this reservation was transferred in 1888 to the War Department for its use until need by the Light-House Board, and, therefore, you were not able to grant the request.

I then took up the matter with the Secretary of War and today received a letter from Hon. Robert Oliver Shaw, Assistant Secretary, stating as follows:

"It appears from the report of the engineer authorities that there is some question as to whether or not this reservation is under the jurisdiction of the War Department or the Department of Commerce and Labor, and pending the solution of that question, the War Department does not feel at liberty to grant any privileges on the property."

I would be very greatly obliged if you would have the Light-House Board go into this question carefully and then decide whether or not the Newport Reservation is properly under your jurisdiction or that of the War Department. I have made a similar request of Secretary Oliver, and sincerely trust that some definite decision may be reached in the near future, as I am anxious that the application of Mr. Jones be passed upon at an early date. I assume that he would like to have this privilege

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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, War Department, April 3, 1907 11302 5.

April 2, 1907

Chief of Engineers.

Suggests that matter of control or certain reservation in connection improvement of Yaquina Bay, be brot again to the attention of the Secretary of Commerce and Labor for information whether that Department has resumed control over the reservation, or will do so in the near future.

Received April 3, 1907 M.&R. Div. War Dept.

10 April, '07 Wrote Sec. of War giving status of L.H. Res. at Yaquina Bay, Ore.

Department of Commerce and Labor, Office of the Chief Clerk, Washington.

Entered April 6, 1907. Office of the Chief Clerk, Department of Commerce and Labor, Forwarded April 4, 1907 to the Light-House Board.

Chief of Bureau:

Please prepare a reply for the Secretary's Signature, returning the original letter to this office with the reply. By direction of the Secretary.

W.R. Blackford Acting Chief Clerk.

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Office of the Secretary, War Department, April 3, 1907

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April 2, 1907.

Chief of Engineers.

Suggests that matter of control of certain reservation in connection improvement of Yaquina Bay, be brot again to the attention of the Secretary of Commerce and Labor for information whether that Department has resumed control over the reservation, or will do so in the near future.

Received

April 3, 1907. M.&R. Div. War Dept.

10 April, '07 Wrote Sec. of War giving status of L.H. Res. at Yaquina Bay, Ore.

War Department, April 3, 1907.

Respectfully referred to the Honorable the Secretary, Department of Commerce and Labor with request for information as to whether the Department of Commerce and Labor has resumed control over the reservation in question, or will do so in the near future, attention being invited to pervious correspondence on the subject referred to within.

Signed--------------Robert Shaw Oliver Acting Secretary of War.

Office of the Chief Clerk, Department of Com. & Labor, Forwarded April 4, 1907 to Light-House Board. Indexed.

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RFM. 1053 File No. 1990. 1954.

March 8, 1907

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of March 4, 1907, relative to a request by Mr. B.F. Jones for permission to use a part of the Light-House Reservation at Newport, Oreg.

In reply this Department begs to state that it is informed by the Light-House Board that this reservation was transferred in 1888 to the War Department for its use until needed by the Light-House Board.

This Department, therefore, does not find itself able to grant this request.

I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant,

Secretary,

Hon. Jonathan Bourne, The Shoreham, Washington, D.C.

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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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Treasury Department

Washington

May 3, 1906.

Office of General Superintendent of Life-Saving Service

In Replying Quote these figures: L.R.92811/9

The Honorable The Secretry of Commerce and Labor

Sir: Since the life-saving station at Yaquina Bay, Oregon, was located, changes have taken place on the beach and on the south side of the bay, near the harbor entrance, which make it desirable to relocate the station on the north side. It is understood that the old light-house reservation offers a desirable site for the station. It appears that this reservation, under date of October 24, 1888, was transferred to the War Department for temporary use. This Department has just been informed that on the 18th ultimo the War Deparment advised you that it had no present use for the reservation, and that there was no objection to the Light-House Establishment resuming possession and control thereof. I have the honor to request that, if not incompatible with the interests of the Light-House Establishment, permission be given the Life-Saving Service to occupt the reservation in question for life-saving purposes.

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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 BOARD Washington

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File No. 1053

10 Feb'y, '06

Hon. J. M. Gearin, U. S. S., U. S. Senate.

Sir:

Referring again to your letter of 24 Jan'y, /06, enclosing one dated 18 Jan'y, '06, from Mr. D. J. Maher, of Portland, Oregon, asking "the status of a Government light-house district shich has been once used, but is now abandoned", and also stating that "the abandoned light-house site to which I refer is at Yaquina Bay, Oregon", the Board has the honor to state that the lighthouse site in question was temporarily transferred to the War Department by the Treasury Department in 1888, for use in connection with the improvement of the entrance to Yaquina Bay, when it passed out of the jurisdiction of the Lighthouse Board.

Respectfully, ??? Lieut. Col., Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., Engineer Secretary. ???

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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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Department of Commerce and Labor

LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD

Washington

File No. 1053

20 Feb'y, '06

Hon. J.M. Gearin, U.S.S.,

U.S. Senate.

Sir:

Referring again to your letter of 24 Jan'y, '06, enclosing one dated 18 Jan'y, '06, from Mr. D.J. Maher, of Portland, Oregon, asking the status of a Government light-house district which has been once used, but is now abandoned", and also stating that "the abandoned light-house site to which I refer is at Yaquina Bay, Oregon", the Board has the honor to state that the lighthouse site in question was temporarily transferred to the War Department by the Treasury Department in 1889, for use in connection with the improvement of the entrance to Yaquina Bay, when it passed out of the jurisdiction of the Lightouse Board.

Respectfully,

[signature]

Lieut. Col., Corps of Engineers, U.S.A.,

Engineer Secretary

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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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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND LABOR OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY WASHINGTON

One enclosure

April 24, 1906.

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

Sir:

This Department has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of April 20, 1906, enclosing papers stating that Mr. D.J. Maher wishes to lease or buy the lighthouse reservation at Yaquina Bay, Oregon, and asking for information relative to the matter.

In reply this Department begs to state that the Lighthouse Board, to which this matter was referred, reports that is has sent these papers to its local officers at Portland, Oregon, for information as to whether this land is now needed for lighthouse purposes. When an answer has been received the matter will again be considered, when you will be informed of the decision reached.

The War Department letter to yourself is returned herewith, as requested.

Respectfully,

Assistant Secretary

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[Stamped] LIGHTHOUSE BOARD 1053 Received. MAR 11 1907

Department of Commerce and Labor OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Washington

March 8, 1907.

Sir: -

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of March 4, 1907, relative to a request by Mr. B.F. Jones for permission to use a part of the Light-House Reservation at Newport, Oreg.

In reply this Department begs to state that it is informed by the Light-House Board that this reservation was transferred in 1888 to the War Department for its use until needed by the Light-House Board.

This Department, therefore, does not find itself able to grant this request.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your obedient servant,

[signature]

Secretary.

Hon. Jonathan Bourne, The Shoreham, Washington, D.C.

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W.E.M File No. 1053.

10 April, '07.

Sir: Referring to the letter dated 2 April, '07, from the Chief of Engineers to the Hon. the Secretary of War, relative to the status or the old light-house reservation at Yaquina Bay, Ore., which letter was referred to this Department by endorsement under date 3 April, '07, the Department has the honor to state that upon receipt of the information contained in the endorsements upon the letter dated 23 March, '06, from [Sen. J. M. Gearin] to the War Department, the Light-House Board assumed control of the site. The department regrets that its action in the matter was not communicated to the War Department. On 12 May, '06, the site was again transferred to the Treasury Department for the use of the Life-Saving Service, subject to the future needs of the Light-House Establishment. Respectfully,

Secretary.

Hon. William H. Taft, Secretary of War.

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FCR. File No. 1053.

April 12, 1907.

Sir: This Department has the honor to state in reply to your letter dated April 6, 1907, relative to the old light-house reservation at Yaquina Bay, Oregon, that the site was transferred to the War Department on October 24, 1888, and that upon receipt of the information contained in several endorsements by that Department upon a letter from Senator Gearin, dated March 23, 1906, to the effect that the War Department had no further use for the site, the Light-House Board reassured its control. On May 12, 1906, the reservation was transferred to the Treasury Department for the use of the Light 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 and consideration of the possibility of the need to establish additional aids to navigation un 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. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant,

Secretary.

Hon. Jonathon Bourne, The Shoraham. Washington, D. C.

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[Stamped] LIGHT HOUSE BOARD 1053 Received. APR 13 1907

File No. 1053.

Department of Commerce and Labor LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD Washington

10 April, '07.

[Stamped] Ent'd APR 13 1907

Sir:

Referring to the letter dated 2 April, '07, from the Chief of Engineers to the Hon. the Secretary of War, relative to the status of the old light-house reservation at Yaquina Bay, Ore., which letter was referred to this Department by endorsement under date of 3 April, '07, the Department has the honor to state that upon receipt of the information contained in the endorsements upon the letter dated 23 March, '06, from Sen. J.M. Gearin to the War Department, the Light-House Board assumed control of the site. The Department regrets that its action in the matter was not communicated to the War Department.

On 12 May, '06, the site was again transferred to the Treasury Department for the use of the Life Saving Service, subject to the future needs of the Light-House Establishment.

Respectfully,

[signature]

Secretary.

Hon. William H. Taft, Secretary of War.

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[Stamped] LIGHT HOUSE BOARD 1053 APR 15 1907 Ent'd APR 15 190

Department of Commerce and Labor OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Washington

Sir:

This Department has the honor to state in reply to your letter dated April 6, 1907, relative to the old light-house reservation at Yaquina Bay, Oregon, that the site was transferred to the War Department on October 24, 1888, and that upon receipt of the information contained in several endorsements by that Department upon a letter from Senator Gearin, dated March 23, 1906, to the effect that the War Deparment had no further use for the site, the Light-House Board reassumed its control.

On May 12, 1906, the reservation was transferred to the Treasury Department for the use of the 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 and consideration of the possibility of the 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.

I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, [signature] Secretary.

Hon. Jonathan Bourne, The Shoreham, Washington, D.C.

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[Stamped] LIGHT HOUSE BOARD 1053 Received. APR 25 1906 April 24, 1906.

Department of Commerce and Labor OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Washington

One enclosure

[Stamped] Ent'd APR 22 1906

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

Sir:

This Department has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of April 20, 1906, enclosing papers stating that Mr. D.J. Maher wishes to lease or buy the lighthouse reservation at Yaquina Bay, Oregon, and asking for information relative to the matter.

In reply this Department begs to state that the Ligthhouse Board, to which this matter was referred, reports that is has sent these papers to its local officers at Portland, Oregon, for information as to whether this land is needed for lighthouse purposes. When an answer has been received the matter will again be considered, when you will be informed of the decision reached.

The War Department letter to yourself is returned herewith, as requested.

Respectfully,

[signature] Assistant Secretary.

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