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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon
1896

August

19: Moderate breeze to light N. wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate & fresh breeze North with high dry fog these 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for day. 1st and 2nd asst showing seven visitors in Tower. Str Farallon arrived from San Francisco. Barometer down to 29.90.

20: Moderate breeze to light wind North these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Last part of 24 hours some fog but mostely fair weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Had 43 visitors. 1st and 2nd asst showing visitors in the Tower. Barometer 29.99 today. 1st asst takeing covers off of Mineral Oil cases prepairing to empty them. Steamer Farallon sailed for San Francisco today.

21: Light wind to moderate breeze North these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea smooth. 1st and 2nd assts went to Newport after supplies. 2nd asst putting wood into celler. 1st and 2nd assts showing visitors in Tower. Had 22 visitors. Barometer down to 29.90 today.

22: Moderate breeze and light North wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick, damp fog. Last part of 24 hours fair and smokey weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keepers putting 200 Gallons of Mineral Oil in Oil room. Keeper went to Newport after supplies. 1st and 2nd asst showing visitors in the Tower. Had fifty six visitors today. Barometer 29.75. Hauling wood for Keeper today.

23: Light South wind these 24 hours with thick, damp fog. General duties for the day. 1st and 2nd assts showing visitors in Tower. Had 19 visitors. 1st asst went up on the North beach after sweet fern for medicine. Barometer down to 29.90.

24: Light South wind and calm with thick fog during 24 hours. Sea smooth. 1st and 2nd assts showing visitors in Tower. Had 16 visitors. 1st asst went to Newport after supplies. 2nd asst putting wood in his celler. Keepers repairing road gate. 2nd asst & Keeper haveing wood hauled. Barometer 30.03.

25: Light south wind with thick damp fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds , some fog & fair weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keepers repairing gate & platform at north end of barn. 1st and 2nd assts showing 12 visitors in Tower. Barometer 29.98.

26: Light variable winds and calm these 24 hours with high dry fog. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport after supplies. 2nd asst haveing wood hauled. 1st and 2nd assts showing visitors in the Tower. Had 31 visitors. Barometer 29.98 to 29.95 today.

27: Light S.East wind light rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds and calm with fair and warm weather. Sea smooth. Had 35 visitors today. 1st and 2nd assts showing visitors in the Tower. Barometer 30.00. Keeper working in the shop today.

28: Light wind to moderate and fresh breeze North these 24 hours. First part of 2 hours high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours some fog and smoke. Sea smooth. 1st and 2nd asst showing 12 visitors in Tower. Keeper sawing wood for furnace. Barometer 29.86. Str Farallon arrived from San Francisco. Schooner Kate & Anne came to anchor at 10 A.M. the South side of the cape.

29: Moderate to fresh breeze South these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Last part of 24 hours thick fog and rain showers. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper sawing wood for his Furnace. 1st and 2nd assts showing visitors in the Tower. Had 11 visitors. Barometer 30.00 to 30.04 today. Schooner Kate and Anne left the cape at 1 P.M. for sea where she has been laying since 10 A.M. yesterday.

30: Light south wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours rain. Last part of 24 hours thick fog. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. 1st asst went fishing. Had no visitors today. Keeper went to Newport after supplies. Barometer 29.93 today.

September

1: Light S.East wind, thick, damp fog first part o 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds fair and warmer weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport and fishing. Keeper sawing wood for furnace. 2nd asst putting wood in his celler. Barometer 30.06.

2: Light wind to moderate and fresh breeze North these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours some high fog and fair weather. Last part of 24 hours fair and smokey weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper sawing wood for furnace. 2nd asst putting wood in his celler & showing 9 visitors in Tower. Barometer 30.00.

3: Strong to fresh and moderate breeze these 24 hous with thick fog & smoke first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours some fog and smoke. Sea quite smooth. 2nd asst showing 18 visitors in the Tower. Keeper sawing wood for his Furnace. Barometer down to 29.86 today.

4: Moderate breeze to light North wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours some fog & smoke. Last part of 24 hours smokey and [continued on following page]

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Owlivia

August 23: folk medicine! "1st asst went up on the North beach ofter sweet fern for medicine." Does not, alas, say what it is to be used for.