1892 Lighthouse Keeper Logs

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January 1892, 1: Fresh and moderate breeze South to S. East for first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light S.E. wind with rain during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth - General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport to take mail.

2: Gale to fresh breeze and light South wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds with rain during 24 hours. Sea rough. General duties for that day. Keeper & 2nd Asst went to Newport.

3: Light N. West to East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light East to N. E. and North wind with rain during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper taking cover off of oil cases.

4: Light variable winds these 24 hours with light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea quite smooth. Steamer Willamett Valley sailed today. Keeper fitting panes of glass in Keepers dwelling that the storm broke out. 1st asst went to Newport.

5: Light East wind these 24 hours dry and cool during 24 hours & clear - Sea smooth. Keeper went to Newport to take the burned out Lamp pipe [?] and key [?] to sent to Portland by express. 1st and 2nd Assts putting 200 Gall of Oil in Oil room. 6: Strong to moderate breeze East dry fair & cool weather during first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours rain showers. Sea smooth. 1st Asst went fishing. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport after supplies. Left station at 9.A.M. 7: Light East wind these 24 hours with cloudy but dry during 24 hours. Sea smooth. 1st asst went fishing. General duties for the day. Keeper G.M. ??? returned to the station at 1.30. P.M. 8: Light variable winds with light rain showers during the 24 hours. Sea smooth. Steamer Chance??? crossed the bay into Newport. Keepers went fishing. Keeper taking old lock off of tower door and fitting a new one on. 9: Light S. East wind with thick damp fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds fair weather. Sea very smooth. Keeper & 2nd Asst putting new knob and lock on tower door. !st asst Mrs??? Edward Nice??? went to Newport and fishing. Also Keeper & 2nd Asst went fishing. 10: Light N. East to N. and N.W. wind these 24 hours with fair weather during 24 hours. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. Keepers went fishing today. 11: Light S. East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds & calm cloudy but dry during 24 hours. Sea very smooth. Keeper & 2nd asst working in garden. Keeper also digging clams on beach. 1st asst fishing and went to Newport. Received new lamper??? pipe and key from Eugene??? today. 12: Light S. East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds and calm with fair weather during 24 hours. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went fishing today. 13: Moderate to fresh freeze East dry and cool first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light S. East wind light rain showers. Sea smooth. General duties for day. Steamer Willamett Valley sailed today. 2nd Asst went to Newport. 14: Moderate breeze S. E. to light variable winds these 24 hours first part of 24 hours light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport. A steamer came down from north and crossed in to Yakima at 9.A.M.

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14: 1st asst Mr. Edward Rice went to Newport to attend Grand Army meeting. Left the station at 1.P.M.

15: Moderate breeze South these 24 hours with rain showers. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st Asst returned to the station at 10.A.M. Keeper went to Newport on important business. Left the station at 10.A.M.

16: Fresh to moderate breeze N.W. first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds light rain showers during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for day. Had 4 visitors- Keeper returned to the station at 1.P.M.

17: Light variable winds first part of 24 hours last part of 24 hours light N. West to North wind first part clear & cool last part of 24 hours a little cloudy but dry. Sea smooth. Steamer Willappa sailed from Yaquina to Coos Bay today. General duties for day.

18: Light N. to East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light N. West wind fair weather during 24 hours. Sea smooth. Keepers cleaning illuminating apparatus today. 2nd Asst went to Newport after mail.

19: Light S. East to N.W. wind these 24 hours first part of 24 hours light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea smooth. Keepers scrubbing hall and Oil room floors. 1st Asst went to Newport today.

20: Fresh and moderate breeze East first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds, fair weather during 24 hours. Sea Smooth. Keepers went fishing. Keeper cleaning paint work in lantern. 1st Asst went to Newport after mail.

21: Light S.E. to East wind these 24 hours with clear fine weather during 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport after mail.

22: Strong breeze to light Gale East these 24 hours with clear fine weather during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport after mail.

23: Fresh breeze East to South these 24 hours with clear fine weather during 24 hours. Sea little rough. 1st Asst went fishing. Keeper and 2nd Asst went up North beach to try and fish for trout.

24: Moderate breeze S. East these 24 hours with fair weather during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for day. Keeper went over and cleared logs from the roaid so that the team could go to Newport. 2nd Asst went to Newport.

25: Strong breeze East first part of 24 hours, cloudy but dry. Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze to a gale. S.E. to South, light rain shower. Sea rough. Barometer down to 29.55 Keeper putting wood in 2nd Asst cellar today.

26: Light South wind with light rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds, cloudy but dry. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. 2nd Asst went to Newport after the mail.

27: Moderate breeze to light S.W. to South wind these 24 hours with rain showers. Sea rough. General duties for the day.

28: Strong to fresh breeze South these 24 hours and rain most of the time. Sea rough. General duties for the day. Keeper returned to the station at 1.30 P.M.

29: Fresh to strong breeze South to S.W. first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light S.W. to West wind with rain most of 24 hours. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. 1st Asst went to Newport after the mail. Steamer George Chance started to cross into Yaquina don't know wheather she got in safe or not - too thick to see from the light.

30: Light N.W. to East and S. East winds these 24 hours with clear fine and cool weather during the 24 hours. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. 2nd Asst Isaac L. Smith went to Newport today.

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Journal of Light-House Station at Cape Foulweather

1892 January 31: Light East wind these 24 hours with fair weather dry & cool during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Had one visitor today. Steamer Willamett Valley sailed today for San Francisco.

February 1: Light East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light North wind, clear, fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. 1st asst went to Newport. Keeper putting 200 gals of Mineral Oil in Oil room.

2: Light N.W. to East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light East to N.W. wind. Clear, fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea smooth. Keeper went fishing today. 1st asst fixing garden fence. 2nd asst putting a frame of glass in cellar window.

3: Light N.W. to fresh breeze East to S.E. first part of 24 hours. Cloudy but dry. Last part of 24 hours light S.E. wind; rain showers. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. The barometer is down to 29.80 Had a light shock of Earthquake at about 8.20 P.M. from N.E. to S.W.

4: Light S.E. to East and N.W. these 24 hours with clear, fine, and cool weather during the 24 hours. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. 1st asst Edward Rice went to Newport today.

5. Light S.E. to South wind these 24 hours, little cloudy but dry during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went over to beach to clear out the rhoad (sp). Keeper went to Newport after supplies. Left the station at 9.30 A.M.

6: Light S. East to East and N.W. winds these 24 hours with clear, fine, and cool weather during the 24 hours. Sea little rough. General duties for the day. Keeper F.M. Plummer returned to the station at 2 P.M.

7: Light S. East to South wind these 24 hours with frequent light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper and 1st asst went fishing today.

8: Light South to East wind, damp first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light N.W. wind, light rain showers. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport today. Steamer Maggie Ross??? sailed for San Francisco today at 8 A.M.

9: Moderate breeze N.W. to S.W. and South these 24 hours with rain most of the 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. 1st Asst Edward Rice??? went to Newport for the day.

10: Light South wind with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds with thick damp fog. General duties for the day. Keepers went fishing today.

11: Light variable winds & calm with thick damp fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours clear fine and warm wind light N.W. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 2nd Asst went to Newport today.

12: Light N.W. to S.E. wind these 24 hours with thick fog, showers most of 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper F.M. Plummer returned to the station at 8.30 A.M.

13: Light winds to moderate breeze N.W. these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours little damp. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea little rough. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport today.

14: Light N.W. to S.E. wind & calm first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate breeze. N.W. clear fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day.

15: Light N.W. to variable winds and calm for first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light N.W. wind, clear fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went fishing today. A boat with six men & mate landed here at 11 A.M. from the Sealing schooner Oscar and Hattie hunting for a missing boat. [continued on following page]

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This is a duplicate facsimile of the preceding page (1892, January 31 - February 15)

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Journal of Light-House Station at Cape Foulweather 1892

February 15: [continued from preceding page] from the schooner - the boat had three men. The hunter boat puller and stearer (sp). The men went to Newport to intercept them if they came that way.

16: Light East wind these 24 hours with cloud but dry weather. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper and 1st asst went fishing today. Steamer Willamette Valley crossed the bar from San Francisco.

17: Moderate breeze to light East wind these 24 hours, first part of 24 hours cloudy but dry last part of 24 hours, clear, fine and warm. Sea very smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went fishing. Keeper went to Newport after supplies also to find out about the drounding (sp) of some of the crew from the Sealing schooner Oscar & Hattie. It seems a boat with 6 men in it put off from the schooner yesterday at 9 A.M. about 14 miles north West of the light (house, presumably) to land on the beach about 18 miles north of the light to hunt from the three men that did no return to the schooner the 14th and while going through the surf the boat capsized and drowned 5 men the Capt was one of them, his name is A.M. Gault. The schooner sailed past the light this morning at 9 A.M. and lowered a boat and came ashore at the light, landed a man and went to Newport to send word up to Yaquina and have a tug tow the schooner into Newport, which she did. There are still fifteen men on board the schooner yet. Had three visitors.

18: Light variable winds and calm first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light North wind with fair weather. During 24 hours Sea very smooth. Keeper making out report about the drownding (sp) of five men off the Schooner Oscar & Hattie. Steamer Willamette Valley sailed at 2 P.M. today for San Francisco. 1st Asst spading in the garden. 2nd asst went to Newport to see a sick person. Left at 9.30 A.M.

19: Light North wind and calm with light rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light N. West wind fair weather. Sea very smooth. Some of the crew of the Schooner Oscar & Hattie went up the beach to see if they could find any of the bodies that were drowned. General duties for the day. 1st asst went fishing, spading in his garden and went to Newport. Isaac L. Smith, 2nd asst returned to the station at 11.30 A.M.

20: Light N.W. to S. East and South breeze these 24 hours, first part of 24 hours damp. Last part of 24 hours light rain. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. The boat that the Capt and 4 men that were drowned from the Oscar & Hattie came ashore on the beach at the light house and was picked up by Keepers and William Megginson and 4 others and put up where it is safe from the breakers. 1st asst working in the garden.

21: Moderate to light Gale S. to S.W. first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours strong breeze S.W. squalls with rain showers during 24 hours. Sea rough. General duties for the day. William Megginson carried off the sail belonging to the boat on the beach.

22: Fresh breeze S.W. to light S. to S.E. wind with rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light North wind, fair weather. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport.

23: Light N.W. to East winds & calm with fair weather during these 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for the day.1st and 2nd assts working in the garden. 1st asst also went fishing. Keeper went over to Newport to the Capt of the Sealing Schooner Oscar and Hattie about the boat that came ashore at the cape. Left the station at 9. A.M. Mr. William R. Megginson threatens to put a ball through any Keeper that puts their hands on the boat.

24: Light East to S. East and South wind and calm these 24 hours with fair weather during 24 hours.

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