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Vol 705 New Barn 1886

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was completed, under the bid of D. P. Blue, contract having been waived. The barn is two story, 20 ft. x 45 ft. divided into 3 compartments, each having 3 stalls and a store-room on the lower floor, and a hay loft on the upper floor. 629 – Tillamook Rock. Advertisements were issued for bids for furnishing the iron and wood work to re-build the landing bridge. The lowest bid was by Trenkman and Wolff, Portland, Or., which was accepted. The contract was signed and forwarded June 30th. An apparatus for obtaining a supply of salt water for running the fog-signal in case of failure of the cisterns was sent to the station. The apparatus consists of a forcing injector with 25 ft.

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Estimate of Expenditures for the 13th Light-House District during the six months ending December 31st, 1887.

Appropriations for Repairs and Incidental Expenses of Light Houses 1888.

Items Urgent Not Urgent
Cape Blanco Lightstation
1 lightning rod and ground connection for dwelling 25.00
1 ground connection for rod on tower 12.50
Mirror protection of sliding bluff Estimate forwarded December 13th, 1886 420.00
37.50
Cape Arago Light Station.
Repair foot bridge, boat ways + c :-
500 lbs. iron, rd. bar, ass'd. 3/4" to 1" @ 3 15.00
400 " ", 1/2 " ", 1 1/4 in @ 3 1/2 14.00
Lightning rod and ground connection for dwelling 25.00
amount carried forward 54.00

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Letter #732

Office of U.S. Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon August 15th, June 30 1887.

To the Chairman of the Light House Board. Washington, D.C.

Sir: I have the honor to submit the following annual report, to June 30th, 1887, of engineer operations in the 13th L.-H. Dist.:------- This District extends from the southern boundary of Oregon to the boundary between the United States and British Columbia and embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of Oregon and Washington Territory and in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Straits of Fuca and Puget Sound. In the district there are Light-Houses and lighted beacons 46 Fog-signals operated by steam or hot air 6 “ “ clockwork 2.

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Vol 704 WG Emery Laborer Payment

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

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

The Chairman Light House Board Washington, DC

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630 Duplicate To be retained by the Disbursing Officer

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US Light-House Establishment

To William G Emery

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

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

Dollars Cts 23 91

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

U. Sebrer Inspector 13th Lighthouse District

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

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

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

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

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Vol 631 Tramway Winch LH Reports 1884 and 1885

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

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

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

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

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

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Aug 14 June 30th 1885

To the Chairman of the Light House Board Washington, D.C. Sir: I have the honor to submit the following annual report to June 30, 1885 of engineer operations in the 13th L. H. District. This district extends form the southern boundary of Oregon to the boundary between the United States and British Columbia, and embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific coast of Oregon and Washington Territory and in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Straits of Fuca and Puget Sound. In the district there are: - Light-Houses 16

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Office of the Light House Inspector, Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon July 7th June 30th 1885

Sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of operations for the fiscal year ended June 30th 1885 In this district there are – Light-houses, and Lighted beacons ------------------------------ 39 Day of Unlighted beacons ------------------------------------------14 Fog signals operated by steam ------------------------------------4 Fog signals struck by machinery -----------------------------------2 Whistling –buoys in position ----------------------------------------2 Other buoys in position ----------------------------------------------127 Buoys, Duplicate, and spare ----------------------------------------106 Steamer, “Shubrick” Buoy tender and for supplies and Inspection – 1 Light-Houses The numbers preceding the names of the stations correspond with the List of Light Houses

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Vol 575 1882 and 1883 repairs

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Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, July 27th June 30th, 1883 To the Chairman Of the Light-House Board, Washington, D.C. Sir: I have the honor to make the following annual report, to June 30th, 1883, of engineer operations in the 13th Light-House District. The district comprises all the coasts of Oregon and of Washington Territory. There are in the districts:--- Light-houses. . . . . . . 15 Fixed beacon lights . . . . . 18 Beacons not lights . . . . . 16 Fog-signals at light stations Steam siren 1 Steam whistles 3 Bells rung by machinery 2

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

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon, Sept 9, 1873

SIR: I have the honor to make the following Report of Operations for the month of August 1873. Cape Foulweather Lt Station, Ogn Completed work on Lt-House & lantern, instructed keepers to exhibited the light for the first time on the night of August 20”. New Dungenness Lt Station, W.T. Completed detail plans and estimates of fog signal house. Purchased materials and sent men in charge of Supt of repairs, to erect fog whistle. Make contract for boiler for Fog Signal. Probable Operations for September Commence building house and cistern. Complete transportation and hauling of material. Admiralty Head Lt Station, W.T. Probable operations for September. Commence painting dwelling. Columbia River LH Station, Ogn Begin building Road in September, if plan forwarded is approved by Light House Board. Point no Point LH Station, W.T. Begin in September building road and clearing land of heavy timber, if Report of April 30th is approved by the Light-house Board. Very Respectfully, Chairman Light-House Board, Henry M Robert Washington DC Maj of Eng’rs & L.H. Eng’r

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon, February 21, 1874

SIR: In reply to the communication of the Board, dated February the 3rd, calling my attention to the fact that the copy of the Light House List, issued January 1st, 1873, sent to this Office for the purpose of corrections and to be returned on January 1st, 1874, had not been received, the following statement is respectfully made. My predecessor, Major Robert had no made up to the date of his being relieved, October 30th, any corrections in said List form Inspections made by him during the year, and that subsequent to my taking charge of this District no appointment has offered for making a detailed inspection of each of the Stations. In consequence the items in regard to each could not be carefully noted as directed by the Board, and no return of the same be made. Upon taking charge of the new duties assigned me some of those connected with the Engineer Department called for

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Vol 1063 1894 repairs

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Light-House Board, 97-7-90-91-1,000 Office of Light-House Engineer Thirteenth District, Portland, Oregon October 17, 1984.

To the Light-House Board. Sirs: I have the honor to ask authority to procure by open purchase the articles named below, and to dispense with advertisement and formal contract, the case being one where immediate delivery or performance is required such pubic exigency as is provided for in Section 3709 of the Revised Statues. Respectfully, yours, Jose Pool Major Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer 13th Light-House District.

No. or Quantity Articles Application Estimated Cost

1 Window Frame 6.00 & sash 3.5 lbs Portland cement 91.00 80 ft Copper strip 12.00 1 g.i. elbow .25 8 ft 3” g.i. conductors Repairs to dwelling and barn, .96 2 “ 4” “ “ cementing cellar floors, drainage of 8.40 2 pcs. galv. Iron 13’x20” grounds at Cape Foulweather Light 4.20 3 lbs shingle nails Station, Oregon. .20 2 “ Copper “ .90 200 ft 3” drain tiling 5.00 150 “ 4” “ “ 4.50

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*To be paid for from funds in hand Appropriation for Repairs of Light House 1895

*State whether funds are “in hand,” “allotted,” or request is made for allotment.

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Annual Report of the Engineer, Thirteenth Light House District for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1895.

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The District extends from the Southern boundary of Oregon, to the Northern limits of the United States, and embraces all the aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of Oregon and Washington and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Straits of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound and Alaskan Waters. The aids to navigation, of which the Engineer Office has taken cognizance, are:-

19 Light Houses complete. 1 “ “ incomplete. 2 Steam Sirens. 4 Steam Whistles. 5 Hot Air Trumpets. 3 Bells operated by clocks. 1 “ “ “ “ incomplete.

The work of repairs and construction during the year, also the present conditions of the Stations and suggested improvements and repairs necessary to be made, are as follows:

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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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(Form No. 75.)Estimate for section of 1st Class Seacoast Lights near Cape Foulweather, Oregon. Made by Major Robert L.H. Engr. 13th Dist - Portland Oregon. July 18

Masons work and materials

314,000 Brick 12.00 3768895 Cement Barrels 5.00 4475155 Lime Barrels 2.50 387.50320 Sand and Gravel Cubic yards 2.00 64015 Rubble - Random Cubic yards 11.333 1705 Sills Granite 12.00 60100 Lathing & Plastering Yards 6.50 50275 Excavation Cubic yards 6.50 137.501000 Labor Masons Days 5.50 55001500 Labor Tenders Days 3.00 4500

Estimate Actual Cost.
Price Amount
Mason Work and Materials $19688
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Estimate

Carpenters Labor

Material Hardware etc.

12,500 Lumber. Rough Scaffold etc Feet. (Price - coin) 14.00. (AMOUNT, coin dollars) 175.

3,500 ___ " ___ (Lumber) Dressed ___ "____" (Scaffold, etc Feet) (Price) 28.00. (AMOUNT, dollars) 98.

20,000 ___"__R_ Employees dwelling __" (Price) 14.00. (AMOUNT, dollars) 280.

250 Mouldings " . (Price) 0025. (AMOUNT, dollars) 1125.

1000. Nails . cut pounds. (Price) 0.06. (AMOUNT, dollars) 60.

29000 Shingles. (Price) 3.25. (AMOUNT, dollars) 61.75.

500 Lumber. Cedar. Finish. Feet. (Price) 36.00. (AMOUNT, dollars) 18.2 Doors Sash 5.00 10.001 Door Front & Transom 5.252 Doors Closet Sash 7.00 144 Sashes (& lights) & blinds comp. 1.- 15.00 60168 Copper for eaves square feet 0.45 pound 75.602 spouts hanging 0.50 122 Conductors copper feet 0.50 1150 lead (6 lbs sheet) feet pound 0.14 1/2 43.50Hardware locks bolts screws etc 351 Range & cooking utensils 75115 Labor Carpenters on Tower oil house Days 4.00 82090 Labor Carpenters ??? Days (included in above)

Carpenters Labor Materials Hardware etc 1854.35

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Estimate

Painting coins Estimate AMOUNT coinThree Paint _ on oil House Coats 125Two ___ (in and out) __}{1000 _ Painting yards} 0.35 350Painting 475

Iron WorkCast and Wrought Iron Work}on Stairs, Windows, Bedplate}and railing in Tower} 6000

Stands in Oil Room}Anchor - Ventilators +c} 400

Iron Work 6400

6 - Superintendence - Months 175.00 1050

Inspection 150

1200 - Freight Tons 10.00 12000

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Estimate_______________________________________

coin ESTIMATE AMOUNT coinDollars CtsEstimate of Cost of Keeper DwellingSame as one at Cape Disappointment, W.T. whichestimate etcExclusive of Freight 9518 42450 - Freight - Tons 10.00 4500

Total Keepers Dwelling 14018 42

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

Total Lantern 3300

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

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Estimate____________________________________________

ESTIMATE ACTUAL COSTPrice AMOUNT AMOUNTDollars Cts Dollars Ctscoin

Recapitulation

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

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

Cost of Lantern________ 3300

Illuminating Apparatus 7000 $24318 42$68777. 5068777 50 = 76419 45coin Legal Tender noteHenry M. RobertMajor EngineerL.H. Engineer 13th Dist261

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Duplicate of page 484

Portland, Oregon July 22d, 1871

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

Sir:-

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

Very respectfully,

Chas. F. Brown

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35Office, L.H. Engineer, 13th District,Portland, Oregon,August 22, 1871

HENRY M. ROBERT,Maj. of Engr's & L.H. Engr's,Thirteenth District

Forwards for approvalPapers relating to contractMade with C.F. Brownfor building L.K. dwellingat Cape Foulweather, Oregon.Articles Agreement - etc - 4Specifications - 4Bids 1Letter asking bids 1Remarks Explanatory

[Stamp: OFFICE OF THE LIGHT HOUSE BOARD SEP 4 1871]

Rees Answ'd Sept 4ack (acknowledge) and say that in future casesyou will after asking and receiving ???comply with the law in regard to Contracts andonly make them after advertisements - threecontracts are approved and two copies are herewith returned.

E2 Enc

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Portland, OregonJuly 22d 1871

Major H.M. RobertLight House Engineer13th District

Sir:-

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

Very Respectfully,

Chas. F. Brown

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Office, L.H. Engineer, 13th District,Portland, Oregon,August 18, 1871

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

Inquiries whether Bill for survey of YaquinaReservation can bepaid.Verbal agreement priorto June 30.Work done after June 30

Ack. The bill canbe paid if you can state in the faceof the voucher"ordered prior to July1st 1870."

Answ'd August 30

Mileage cannot be paid to a ???employe - insuch casesactual necessary expensescertified to by the employeare allowed.E

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Very Respectfully,Your obedient servant, 303Henry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District.

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Office, L.H. Engineer, 13th District,Portland, Oregon,August. 26., 1871

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

Answer to letter from LH. Board of August 12. 1871in reference to heightof site of CapeFoulweather Oregon.

Ack. (acknowledged)- Plans of all80 foot towerwill be senttomorrow.--E

Answ'd Sept 7

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Portland, OregonSept. 30 1871

Major H.M. RobertLight House Engineer13th District

Sir:

I have just returned from Cape Foulweather where I have been to commence work on the Light Keepers dwelling for that station. My contract calls for the house to be enclosed by the 1st of November next, and completed by the 30th of June 1872.

Owing to the heavy rains which have just fallen and the unavoidable detention at sea of the vessels bringing my materials from San Francisco, I find it impossible to have the building enclosed by the time specified in my contract; and I therefore respectfully ask that I be allowed to defer the

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commencement of the work until next spring, and I be allowed an extension of time of sixty days from the 30th of next June to complete the work.

As the rainy season has already commenced at Cape Foulweather, and as there is no time during the Winter when the work can be prosecuted without considerable injury to the quality of the work. I deem it a matter of great importance that the commencement of the work should be deferred until next Spring, so that the foundation of the building can be laid without injury from the weather.

I am now building a tramway at Cape Foulweather for the purpose of landing all the materials at that place, thus avoiding the hauling from Newport to the Cape, which is altogether impracticable at this season of the year.

I can have the materials at the

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Nutting & Son - offered to do the work for $9390.00 coin - a price greater than that charged for Pigeon Point.

I therefore declined their bid and as per authorization in your letter have sent advertisements inviting proposals for this work, to the following newspapers.

Daily Chronicle of San Francisco, Cal" Alta California " " "" Oregonian of Portland OregonDate of 1st insertion October 30No. of insertions _6_Bids to be received until noon - November 29 _ both here and in San Francisco by Colonel Williamson

Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,Henry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District339

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(text damaged)THIRTEENTH (District)Portland, Oregon

Chairman Light House Board,

Washington, D.C.

SIR:I have the honor toenquire whether the appropriation approved March 31871 for Cape Foulweather Light Station Oregon 1871-72reverts to the Treasury on the 30' June 1872. And in case it does revert, to request authority to contract for Ma-terials, Transportation, Work + Labor, before the 1st July withoutadvertisement. I would expect to have all the material purchasedbefore the appropriation reverts, but the transportation has provedan exceedingly troublesome matter. Mr. Simpson has just completedlighters to replace those that were wrecked, but now his schoonerhas been badly damaged. By this time, it should be nearly repaired. I havebeen unable to get any vessel here to do the work & shall probably have to ship the metal work to San Francisco & reship thence to Cape Foulweather. It will be extremely inconvenient if this money re-verts on the 1st of July.Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,Henry M. RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District.383

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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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