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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon

October 1891

22 Light to moderate fresh & strong breeze S. E. to S. & S. West these 24 hours with rain. Sea moderately smooth. The barometer is going up. 2nd asst killed a goose today. General duties for the day.

23 Moderate to fresh and strong breeze South E. to South with rain these 24 hours. Sea moderately rough. General duties for the day. 1st asst killed a Goose today. Keeper and 2nd assistant went to Newport after some supplies.

24 Fresh to moderate breeze and light wind S. E. & South with rain these 24 hours the barometer is going up. Sea little rough. Steamer Willamett Valley arrived today. 1st asst went Geese hunting. General duties for day.

25 Light S. East wind and calm these 24 hours first part of 24 hours little damp - Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry - Sea moderately smooth - General duties for day - Had four visitors today.

26 Light wind to moderate breeze S.E. and South with rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours rain - Sea moderately smooth - General duties for day - 1st asst went to Newport.

27 Moderate breeze S. to East & S. these 24 hours - first part of 24 hours rain. Last part of 24 hours dry & fair weather - Sea moderately smooth. General duties for day.

28 Light to moderate breeze S.E. to South these 24 hours with rain most of the 24 hours - Sea moderately smooth - General duties for the day. - Keeper & 2nd asst went to Newport today.

29 Moderate to fresh breeze S.W. to West these 24 hours with frequent rain & hail squalls with thunder & lightning - Sea quite rough - Keepers cleaning out the ??? and illuminating apparatus - the barometer is going up.

30 Moderate & light S.W. to East wind with damp weather first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours clear fine weather - Sea smooth - Steamer Willamette Valley sailed. 2nd asst working in garden - 1st asst went fishing and to Newport.

31 Moderate to light East to S. East wind these 24 hours with frequent rain showers during the 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth - 1st asst went fishing - Keeper & 2nd asst went hunting and after mushrooms - 2nd asst also working in garden.

November

1 Light wind to moderate & fresh breeze East to S.E. and South - these 24 hours - with cloudy but dry weather - Sea little rough - General duties for the day - Keeper & 2nd asst went to Newport - Had five visitors.

2 Fresh to strong breeze South to a light gale first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours fresh to moderate breeze and light wind South with rain most of 24 hours - Sea rough - General duties for the day - A duck struck the lantern & killed itself.

3 Light wind to fresh breeze & gale East to S. East and South with rain first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry - Sea rough - General duties for the day - Keeper went over to Mr. Megginsons to have a cow killed.

4 Strong to fresh & moderate breeze South these 24 hours with hard rain during the 24 hours - Sea very rough. Keeper and 2nd asst went to Newport to take a beef. General duties for day - Mr. Jhon Graves the forman on the Government duty was knocked off by the heavy seas and drowned at about 10.30 A.M. this morning.

5 Moderate breeze South with frequent rain showers during these 24 hours - Sea quite rough - General duties for day. Keeper and 2nd asst went geese hunting today - 1st asst went to Newport on business - Steamer arrived today.

6 Moderate to fresh breeze South to S.W. with rain first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours moderate breeze. A light S.W. to West clearing weather - Sea quite smooth - 1st & 2nd asst geese hunting also 2nd asst working in garden.

7 Light W. N. West wind with rain and hail squalls - Last part of 24 hours little showery but mostly fair weather - Sea very rough - General duties for day - Keeper went to Newport.

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Sara Brumfield

I wonder if they are eating the geese, and if the geese are wild or domestic?

Ben Brumfield

Since the assistant was "geese hunting", they were probably wild.

gkazebier

Head Keeper - Frank Plummer, First Assistant -Edward Rice, *Laborer - Isaac L. Smith *Note the position of Isaac L. Smith was "Laborer" until he was official hired and sworn in as "Second Assistant keeper" in November 1891. From June 1890 to November 1891 the position of 2nd Assistant keeper (which required a "trained" keeper to operate the lamp) remained unfilled.