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1900 2nd asst quarters Vol. 1385

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Subject: Portland, Oreg., Dec. 29, 1900

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

Sirs; I have the honor to report that additional quarters are very badly needed at the Yaquina Head, Or., Ediz Hook, Wash., New dungeness, Wash., and Robinson Point, Wash., Light-Stations.

At Yaquina Head Light-Station there are three keepers, the quarters comprise one double dwelling which is occupied by the keeper and one assistant with families. This leaves the other assistant without quarters as there is no room in the double dwelling. This condition of affairs has existed ever since the light was established in 1881 and one assistant has been compelled to occupy a building erected for temporary use as an office by the contractors for the erection of the tower and dwelling, being flimsily constructed in the first instance, its condition has gradually grown worse and worse until now it is practically uninhabitable and new quarters should be provided. It has been patched and repaired all it will stand. For the last two years recommendation has been made in the annual report that an appropriation be obtained for a new dwelling but so far without avail. A suitable dwelling can be constructed for $4,000.00.

At Ediz Hook Light-Station the dwelling is arranged for the accommodation of one family, but as there are two keepers employed the quarters are insufficient and a new dwelling is urgently needed. 163

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It is ?? suitable building can be ??? $4,500.00.

At New Dungeness Light-Station the dwelling is arranged for one family but as there are two keepers with families employed and a third keeper necessary, there is insufficient accommodation and a new dwelling is urgently needed. Recommendation has been made in last six annual reports that an appropriation be obtained. It is estimated that a suitable dwelling can be constructed for $4,500.00.

At Robinson Point Light-Station the dwelling is arranged for the accommodation of one family, but as there are two keepers employed the quarters are insufficient and a new dwelling is an urgent necessity. Recommendation has been made in last four annual reports that an appropriation be obtained. It is estimated that a suitable building can be constructed for $4,000.00.

I would respectfully request to be informed if these dwellings can be built out of any funds available, especially the one for Yaquina Head. If no funds are available then it is respectfully suggested that special effort be made to obtain these funds during the present session of Congress.

If the Board thought advisable it would seem that a joint resolution could be readily obtained transferring the amount needed for the erection of these dwellings from the balance in the Treasury to the credit of Grays Harbor Light-Station, Wash. This balance as shown by the records of this office is $17,978.81 ($18,704.42) and the amount needed for these dwellings can be easily spared from that appropriation as the station has been practically completed.

Respectfully yours, W. C. Laugfitt??? 164 Captain, Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., Engineer 13th Light-House District.

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Vol 705 New Barn 1886

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Office of U.S. Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon Nov. 27th, 1886.

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

Sir: Referring to the Board’s letter of May 10th, 1886. requesting plots of the light station of this district, I have the honor to forward in separate package plots of the following stations:---- Cape Blanco. Cape Arago. Cape Foulweather. Tillamook Rock. Very respectfully, Your obedient servant. Chas F. Lowell Captain of Engineers Enclosures in separate package) Engineer 13th L.H. Dist.

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Office of U.S. Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon July 14th, 1886.

To the Chairman Of the Light-House Board, Washington, D.C. Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith report of engineer operations in this district for month of June, 1886. 626 – Cape Blanco. Lumber and posts for re-building fence around dwelling and tower were delivered at the station. 627 – Cape Arago The re-building of the tramway and steps, from beach to the top of bluff, was completed. The timbers of the new work were raised clear of the ground and all the lumber was planed and painted.

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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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amount brought forward 54.00
Ground connection for rod at town 12.50
Repair pile protection at boat house 25.00
12.50
91.50
Cape Foulweather Light Station.
3 ground connections for lighting-rods @ $12.50 37.50
Tillamook Rock Light Station
ground connection for lighting rod 15.00
New hoisting engine to replace old one 1500
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Point Adams Light Station
Repairs to light-house road 40.00
" " ditch drain from pasture 48.00
amount carried forward 100.50

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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

Form 6

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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No. 598 – Cape Foulweather (3d) In July and Aug a new drain of 6 in fire clay pipe and 90 ft. long, was laid by the keepers from the vaults at dwelling to the bluff. The kitchen sink drains, well trapped, were constructed with the new drain. In Sept. and Oct. an apparatus for hoisting supplies and material from the beach to the top of the bluff was constructed opposite a sheltered cove affording a good boat landing on the southwest side of the Cape, about 1000ft from the light-house. The apparatus consist of a tramway, 3ft. wide and 130 ft. long, extending up the slope of the bluff, which is 85 ft. high, and a suitable car with geared winch at top. A snatch block was also provided for hauling up light loads with a team of horses. Steps were fitted between the sides of the tramway for convenience of passage.

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon August 19th 1884

To the Chairman of the Light-House Board Washington DC

Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith, report of engineer operations in this district during the month of July.

542 – Cape Blanco The lumber for the new barn having been delivered, its erection was commenced on the 11th, and the work was about one-third completed as the end of the month. Yaquina (Light discontinued) A topographical survey of the lighthouse land was made. The boundary was already marked by stone monuments.

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Office of Light-House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Oct. 16th 1884

To the Chairman Of the Light House Board Washington, DC

Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith report of engineer operations in the district during the month of September, 1884. 542 – Cape Orford (Blanco) The new barn was finished according to the plans and in addition large grain boxes, with hinged covers, were placed in each compartment. In the tower a box with partitions was made for holding the storm glass panes. New platforms at the kitchen entrance and new cistern covers were built.

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Nov. 12th 1884

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

Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith report of operations in this district for the month of October, 1884 No. 543 – Cape Arago The removal, from the cleared land, of residue left by burning was completed and the land was sown with grass seed. No. 544 – Cape Foulweather The tramway hoisting apparatus, reported upon in letter of Sept. 6th was built during the month. A snatch block was furnished so that light loads can

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be hauled up by horses. 546 – Point Adams The work of prevention of sand drift was closed on the 16th. All the sands of the L. H. reservation were operated upon and most of the beach fronting the reservation. Three coils of barbed wire, for fencing out cattle from the reservation were sent to the station; also a grindstone for repairing tools. 565 – River Light, Three-pile beacon The lantern, parts of which were worn out, was replaced be a spare one, and the lantern was repaired at Portland.

564 – Shoalwater Bay The keeper reports that the drifting sand is worse this year, than formerly. The plank road, from barn to light house

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Dec. 4th 1884

To the Chairman Of the Light House Board Washington, D.C. Sir: In compliance with the Board’s request in letter of 10th ult., transmitting plan of store-house for mineral oil, I have the honor to submit the following list of light stations that should be supplied with such houses. Point-No-Point, W.T. (4th Order) A small room was partitioned, off in the barn and arranged for the storage of mineral oil, but it is considered unsafe. A brick house, 12’ x 11’ 10”, is recommended at an estimated cost of $1201.83

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Office of Light-House Inspector, Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon 14th August, 1884

Sir, I have the honor to recommend that Cape Foulweather Light Station be furnished with a derrick, or other suitable means, for hoisting supplies from the beach on the south east side of the light house reservation to the top of the bluff, by which it is loaded. The beach which has been used for landing heavy supplies, since the station was established is a mile from the station, is shoal and rocky, and can be used only when the sea is smoothest. The beach on the reservation is

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Sept 6th 1884

To the Chairman of the Light-House Board Washington, DC

Sir: In compliance with the Board’s request in letter of 26th ult., relative to means for hoisting supplies form beach at Cape Foulweather Lt. Sta., I have the honor to report that a detailed estimate for such an apparatus was included in the estimates for the current half year. The estimate was approved by the Board’s letter of Aug. 9th, 1884. The plan is to erect an inclined tramway with winch and car on the south west side of the Cape, about 1000 ft. from the

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light house, opposite a sheltered cove which affords the best boat landing at the Cape. The tramway is in two sections; the upper part, about 100ft long, extending from the top of an isolated rock, near the foot, to the top of the bluff, 85 ft. above low water; the lower part, about 30 ft. long, extending from the top of the rock to the beach, and made movable so that it can be drawn up out of danger from the surf. The upper part has stairs fitted between the rails, and a short ladder is made to reach from the rock. The car is hoisted by a geared winch at the top of the bluff. The cost as detailed in the estimate named is $267.50. This estimated, having been approved, the work is now being done. Very respectfully, Your obedient Servant, Chas F. Lowell Captain Of Engrs., Engr. 13th L.H. Dist.

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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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Office of the Light House Inspector Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon , 188

during the fiscal year 1884-85 I am sir, very respectfully Your obedient servant George T. Davis Inspector 13th LH District

Chairman Light-House board Washington, D.C.

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Vol 601Topographical survey and lens description 1883

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Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT Portland, Oregon, July 7th, 1883

To the Chairman Of the Light-House Board, Washington, D.C.

Sir:

I have the honor to request authority to continue detailed topographical surveys of light stations similar to those authorized by the Board’s telegram of May 23rd, 1883. Of the $500.00 then allotted, from appropriation for “Repairs & C of Light-House, 1883”, but $276.86 were used, owing to the short time before close of fiscal year. Such surveys are needed of seven stations, and estimates for them were included in the statement of expenditures from appin for “Repairs & C of Light-House, 1884,” forwarded on the 3d inst., as follows:---

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Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT Portland, Oregon, August 12th, 1883

To the Chairman Of the Light-House Board, Washington, D.C.

Sir: In compliance with the Board’s letter of June 15th, 1883, requesting certain information concerning the apparatus of first order lights in this district, I have the honor to forward herewith the desired information for Cape Foulweather, Tillamook Rock, Cape Disappointment and Cape Flattery Light Stations. The only other first order light in this district is at the Cape Blanco station, the information for which will be forwarded as soon as it is received from the stations.

Very respectfully,

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Cape Disappointment Light Station, W.T. 1. Lens made Louis Soulter & Co. Paris, 1854. “by order of Secretary of Treasury and the Light-House Board, W.A. Bartlett, Lieut, U.S.N., Special ??? .” First order catadioptric Fresnal lens. Fixed white. Range, E.N.E. by E’d. S’d & W’d to N.W. by W. ½ W. 8 panels in lens apparatus. 12 prisms above dioptric drum. 6 “ below “ “

2. Funk’s hydraulic float lamp, 4 wick. Height from base to top of burner 35.11 inches. 3. Distance between centers of the three pillars on which the lamp rests, 15.56 inches. 4. Height from focal plane of lens to top of ring at upper part of lens, 62.46 inches. 5. Diameter of this ring; inside, 23.5 inches, outside, 26.58 inches.

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Vol 575 1882 and 1883 repairs

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Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, August, 25th, 1882

To the Chairman of the Light-House Boards, Washington D.C., Sir: I have the honor to make requisition for one set (three) of burners, for a first order Funk’s Hydraulic Float Lamps, to replace worn-out burners at Cape Foulweather Light Station. Or., and respectfully request that they be sent to my address at Portland, Oregon.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Chas F. Lowell Captain of Engineers, L-.H. Engr. 13th Dist.

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Office of Light-House Engineer THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 25th, 1882

To the Chairman of the Light-House Boards, Washington D.C., Sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of engineer operations in this district, for the month of September, 1882. 520: Cape Arago Light Station, Ore; The road from South Slough to the Light House grounds was completed by making the remaining 60 rods of road, building culverts and ditches, and reducing some of the heavier grades. A portion of the road was sown with grass seed to prevent growth of fern &c. About an acre of the light-house reservation was cleared of timber, and sown with grass

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Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 5th, 1882

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

Sir: In compliance with letter of the Board, I have the honor to forward herewith a list and description of charts of light-house sites of this district as required therein. I also have the honor to state that of the sites, of which detailed, topographical large scale maps are missing, those of the following stations are more needed: Cape Blanco. Cape Arago. Cape Foulweather. Ediz Hook. New Dungenness.

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Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, May 5th, 1883

To the Chairman Of the Light-House Board, Washington, DC. Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith report of engineer operations in this district during the month of April, 1883. 533- Cape Foulweather Lt. Sta. A new damper-pipe, and damper were made, and one of the old pipes repaired. Nine rooms, and two of the back entrances in the keeper’s dwelling were painted. 534- Tillamook Rock Lt. Sta. During a storm in January, stones thrown on the roof broke about 20 holes in roofing which were temporarily repaired by keepers.

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540- Cape Flattery Lt. Sta. Some window sash in the light-house and dwelling were repainted and some rooms in the dwelling whitewashed. A machinist, from Seattle, W.A, has been engaged to go to the station and repair the fog-signal boiler and make other repairs that may be found necessary. 542- New Dungenness Lt. Sta. The packing of man-hole plate in boiler, the packing and valves of pumps were received. Very respectfully, Your obedient Servant Chas F. Lowell Captain of Engineers L.H. Engr. 13th Dist.

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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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