1908-09 Keeper Logs

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JOURNAL of Light-station at Yaquina Head

1908

Jan.

1 Light breeze to gale S. with rain showers. Sea moderate. Bar 29.80 to 29.90. 1st asst went to Newport at 2 P.M. for recreation. General duties for today.

2 Light breeze S.W. to E. Light showers. Sea smooth. Bar 29.88 to 29.86. 1st asst returned to sta 630 A.M. 2nd asst cleaning brass work.

3 Light and moderate breeze S.E. with rain showers. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.71 to 29.80. 1st asst working in the shop. 2nd asst washing.

4 Light to moderate and fresh breeze S.E. to S. with rain. Sea rough. Bar. 29.90 to 29.94. 1st asst went to Newport. 2nd asst putting in new wicks.

5 Gale to fresh and moderate breeze S. and S.W. to light breeze S.E. Heavy rain to rain & hail showers to fair. Sea rough. Bar. 30.17 to 30.29.

6 Moderate and light breeze S. Light rain to rain. Sea moderate. Bar. 30.15 to 30.10. 1st and 2nd assts repiling lumber. General duties for the day.

7 Moderate breeze S.E. cloudy, dry, to fresh breeze S. with rain. Sea rough. Bar. 29.85 to 29.72. 1st asst working in the shop. 2nd asst went to Newport.

8 Gale S. and light breeze S.E. dry to gale S. to S.W. with heavy rain squalls. Sea very rough. Bar. 29.82 to 29.74. General duties for the day.

9 Fresh and moderate breeze S.W. with rain and hail squalls thunder & lightning to light breeze S.E. Cloudy, dry, sea very rough. Bar. 30.32 to 30.45. 1st and 2nd assts blacking ???

10 Light to moderate breeze E. to S.E. Cloudy, dry to heavy rain. Sea rough to moderate. Bar. 30.23 to 30.18. General duties for the day.

11 Light E. wind. Damp to calm, fair and dry. Sea moderate. Bar. 30.30 to 30.17. 1st asst went to Newport for mail & supplies.

12 Fresh to moderate and light breeze east. Fair and dry, sea smooth. Barometer 29.90 to 29.78. General duties for the day.

13 Light breeze south east to northwest. Light rain, sea rough. Barometer 29.60 to 29.72. 2nd asst washing. General duties for the day.

14 Light variable winds and calm. Damp to cloudy, sea rough. Bar. 29.80 to 30.02. 1st asst showing 3 visitors in tower. 2nd asst went to Newport.

15 Light breeze S. and S.E. Cloudy, dry to damp. Sea moderate. Bar. 30.12. 1st asst working in garden. 2nd asst went one mile from sta on business.

16 Moderate to fresh and light breeze south with rain. Sea moderate. Bar. 30 to 30.03. 1st and 2nd assts working in the shop.

17 Moderate breeze east. Cloudy, dry. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.83 - 29.72. 1st asst working in garden. Assts showing 7 visitors in tower.

18 Light to moderate breeze south east to south and west with rain. Sea moderate. Bar. 29.66 - 29.80. 1st asst went to Newport for mail & supplies.

19 Gale south with rain to south west with heavy squalls. Sea rough. Bar. 29.45 - 29.54. 1st asst working in the shop.

20 Moderate breeze west with rain squalls to clearing weather. Sea moderate. Bar. 29.82 to 30.10. 1st asst went to Newport. 2nd asst cleaning brass work.

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February, 1908.

1. Fresh and moderate breeze east. Partly cloudy, dry and cool. Sea smooth, Bar. 29.84. 1st asst. planting potatoes. General duties for the day.

2. Fresh to light breeze east and light variable winds to calm, dry and cool. Sea smooth, Bar. 29.77-29.65. General duties for the day.

3. Light and moderate breeze E and S.E. to gale S. Rain. Sea moderate. Bar. 24.60. 1st asst. working in the town. 2nd asst. went fishing 2 1/2 miles from Sta.

4. Gale south with rain. Sea moderate, Bar. 29.70 to 29.75. 1st asst. working in the house, 2nd asst went to Newport. Keeper Ot. E. Nickham arrived at Sta. 10 am. and arrived ??

5. Gale South with rain. Sea rough, Bar. Bar. 29.81 to 29.56. 1st asst. working in the farm and shop. 2nd asst washing.

6. Light variable winds and calm. Sea moderate. Bar. 29.86. 1st asst. working in Keepers ???, 2nd asst. showing 3 visitors in tower. General duties for the day.

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1908 March 1: Moderate breeze S.W. with rain squalls to light breeze E. and S.E. with rain. Sea moderate. Bar. 29.52-29-.68 1st asst. went to Newport to post mail.

March 2: Moderate to light breeze S.E. wind calm, heavy rain to cloudy & dry??? Sea moderate, Bar. 29.68-29.78. 1st asst. working in the shop.

March 3: Light variable winds, fair to rain squalls. Sea smooth, Bar. 29.76-29.80. Keeper went mile from sta. 1st asst. working in shop and garden. 2nd asst went to Newport.

March 4: Calm to light breeze W. Fair. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.80 1st asst. washing. Keeper went 1 mile from Station for supplies.

March 5: Light westerly wind clear dry sea smooth. Bar 29.90 1st asst. working in garden 2nd asst ashing. Keeper working on daily expenditure & return of expenditures.

March 6: Calm to light wind W. clear & dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.32. Lantern window frames cleaned today. Keeper went one mile from station for supplies.

March 7: Calm to fresh NW breeze clear and dry. Smooth sea. Bar 30.33 1st asst went to Newport for supplies 2nd asst working in his quarters. Keeper cutting (???) from the walk.

Sun March 8: Calm to light NW wind clear and dry. Smooth sea. Bar 30.33 general duties for the day

March 9: Calm to light NW wind partly cloudy sea smooth. Bar 30.31. Keeper working in his quarters. 1st asst working in garden 2nd asst working in his quarters.

March 10: N. West to South east cloudy with rain. Moderate sea. Bar 30.32. Keeper working in his quarters 2nd asst went to Newport for mail 1st asst. working garden.

March 11: South to S. E wind rain heavy mist moderate sea. Bar 30.26 Second asst working in his quarters 1st asst repairing fence Keeper working in his quarters.

March 12: South East wind misty and foggy smooth sea. Bar 30.13. General duties. 1st asst. showing two visitors in tower. Keeper went one mile from station 2nd asst working in quarters.

March 13: Half a gale from the South with continuous rain thick Sea rough. Bar 30.21. Keeper went to newport for mail 1st asst working in shop 2nd asst working in his quarters

March 14: Gale of wind from South heavy continuous rain thick Seas rough. 29.80.1st asst. working in Shop. Keeper working in his quarters 2nd asst working in his quarters.

Sun March 15: Gale from South to South west thick weather continuous rain changed to NW at 3:00(???)P.M Bar 29.80-30.09 General duties for the day

March 16: Light westerly to North west wind. Cloudy dry Sea smooth. Bar 30.03 -30.05 Keeper working in his quarters 1st asst went to newport for supplies 2nd asst working in shop.

March 17: Strong North west wind hail and rain squalls. Sea rough. Bar 30.05-30.09 Keeper working in his quarters 1st asst working on the road 2nd asst went to Newport 5:30P.m

March 18: Light North west breeze clear and dry Sea smooth. Bar 30.33. Keeper working in his quarters 1st asst working on wagon road 2nd asst returned from Newport 8:30am.

March 19: Light East to calm to light North west clear & dry sea smooth Bar 30.32-30-.11. Keeper working in his quarters 1st asst went to newport 2nd asst showing two visitors in the tower.

March 20: Light to moderate north west wind clear & dry sea smooth. Bar 30.32-30.33 1st asst working in the shop Keeper working in his quarters 2nd asst washing.

March 21: Moderate to light westerly wind dry & clear. Sea Smooth. Bar 30.32. Keeper went one mile from station. First asst working in shop 2nd asst working in his quarters.

March 22: Light South west wind increasing at night cloudy damp. sea smooth. Bar 30.01 general duties for the day. 2nd asst showed two visitors the tower and grounds.

March 23: Strong S.w breeze increaing to a gale at night. Sea rough. Bar 29.90. 1st asst reparing plank (???) walk 2nd asst working in his quarters Keeper working in his quarters.

March 24: Gale from South west rain and hail. sea rough. Bar 29.50. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail 1st asst working in his quarters Keeper working in his quarters.

March 25: Light North west wind showery sea moderate. Bar Bar 30.33 Keeper washing 1st asst went for (???) 2nd asst working in his quarters.

March 26: Strong North west wind with rain and hails squalls. Bar 29.50-30.01 All keepers employed cleaning and filling oil butts.

March 27: Light North west breeze cloudy dry. Sea moderate. Bar 30.20-30.31. Keeper taking account of property 1st and 2nd asst working in the shop. 1st asst showing visitors in tower.

March 28: Light East wind to calm warm and dry sea calm. bar 30.33. 1st asst went to Newport for mail 2nd asst working in his quarters. Keeper working on 1/4 reports.

March 29: Stormy South west changing to North west with rain & hail squalls. Bar 29.80 General duties for the day.

March 30: North west breeze with squalls of short intervals increasing in strength at night. Bar 29.80-29.92 Sea rough. Keeper working on quarterly reports 1st asst working in shop. 2nd asst work garden (???)

March 31: Strong north west breeze occational squalls with rain Bar 29.25 2nd asst went to Newport with mail 1st asst showing two visitors in twower.

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JOURNAL of Light-station at Yaquina Head Oregon

April

1st Light south west breeze clear warm and dry. Bar 30.31. 1st asst working garden. 2nd asst getting gravel on the beach. Keeper writting.

2nd Calm to fresh north west to calm clear dry. Bar 30.33 30.00. Keeper went fishing. 1st asst washing. 2nd asst working in his quarters.

3 South west with rain to fresh north west part cloudy. Bar 30.10. 1st asst working garden. Keeper went one mile from station for supplies. 2nd asst working in shop.

4 Light osuth west wind part clear dry. Sea rough. Bar 30.20 30.12. Keeper cleaning lamp. 2nd asst working in his quarters. 1st asst went to Newport for mail and supplies.

5 Strong south west breeze with rain at times. Sea rough. Bar 30.01. General duties for the day.

6 Light to fresh north west wind. Sea moderate. Bar 30.32. Clear. Keeper and assts cleaning lens lamp and polishing all brass ??? in lantern.

7 Light to thick to calm north west wind clear dry. Sea moderate. Bar 30.34. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail. 1st asst working garden. Keeper repairing locks.

8 Calm to strong north west wind cloudy dry. Sea moderate. Bar 30.20. 1st and second asst working garden. Keeper getting in wood.

9 Calm to fresh to light north west wind. Clear dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.34. 1st asst working garden. Keeper writting. 2nd asst 2nd asst sawing wood & showing visitors in tower.

10 Calm to fresh north west wind partly cloudy dry. Sea moderate. Bar 30.23. Keeper and assts working garden.

11 Fresh north west breeze part clear fog at times. Sea moderate. Bar 30.02. Keeper working on heater in dwelling. 1st asst went to Newport for mail. 2nd asst working garden.

12 Fresh north west breeze clear light fog at times & dry. Sea moderate. Bar 29.91. General duties for the day. 1st asst showing three visitors in the tower.

13 Fresh north west breeze part cloudy dry. Sea moderate. Bar 30.01. Keeper and assts mixing paint. 1st asst showing two visitors in the tower.

14 Fresh north west breeze part cloudy dry. Sea moderate. Bar 29.81. Lenns lamp changed to day with all new wicks. No 4 wick holder missing in old lamp. Keeper painting cornice of east end dwelling. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail. 1st asst showing 2 visitors in tower.

15 Light west to south west wind cloudy dry. Sea smooth. Bar 29.80. Keeper and assts painting east end of dwelling.

16 Light south west wind increasing to a gale in afternoon rain. Sea rough. Bar 29.70. Keeper and asst painting trimmings of west end of dwellings.

17 South west gale thick and raining. Sea rough. Bar 29.70 - 30.00. Keeper washing. 1st asst working in shop. 2nd asst washing.

18 Light southerly to south west wind thick fog rain. Sea rough. Bar 29.90 to 30.00. 2nd asst cleaning spare lens lamp. 1st asst working in shop. Keeper working in dwelling.

19 South west to weterly winds rain and mist. Sea rough. Bar 29.95. General duties for the day.

20 Light northwest breeze partly cloudy dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.00. 1st asst went to Newport for mail and supplies.

21 Calm to light southerly wind clear dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.00. Keeper and assts painting north end of dwellings.

22 Light to strong south to south west wind with rain. Bar 29.60. Keeper and assts painting north west end of dwelling. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

23 Half a gale from south west rain & mist. Sea rough. Bar 29.70 - 29.81. 1st and 2nd assts getting plank off the beach. Keeper writting.

24 South west to north west wind. Showers in AM. clear and dry in PM. Barr 30.33. General duties for the day.

25 North west wind to calm clear and dry. Sea smooth. Bar 29.98. Keeper and assts painting. 1st asst went to Newport for mail. 2nd asst 2nd asst left station at 2:30 PM on business ???.

26 Calm till 8:00 PM then north west squalls showers. Bar 30.33. General duties for the day. Keeper showing two visitors in the tower. 2nd asst was on leave of ??? Arrived back at 3:00 PM.

27 North west squalls from 12 AM to 9:00 AM then steady NW breee. Bar 30.40. Keeper and two assts painting.

28 Light north west to stiff breeze in P.M. to light wind clear dry. Sea moderate. Bar 30.38. Keeper and assts painting. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

29 Calm to fresh north west wind to north east clear dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.32 - 29.80. Keeper and assts putting oil in oil butts and painting dwelling.

30 South west breeze cloudy dry. Sea smooth. Bar 29.80. Keeper and assts painting and putting windows in south side of dwelling.

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JOURNAL of Light-station at Yaquina Head Oregon

May

1st Leight to a gale from south west with rain squalls. Barr 29.40. Keeper and assts painting inside tower lantern. 2 visitors were shown in tower.

2 Gale from south west with rain squalls. Sea mod. Bar 29.10. 29.85. Keeper and assts cleaning floors of lantern and watch room and whitewashing inside tower. Steam schooner Minnie Kelton anchored off Cape Foulweather in distress at 4:00 P.M.

3 Light south west wind cloudy dry. Sea smooth. Bar 29.97. Keeper and asst white washing inside tower. Cleaning tower stairs. 1st asst went to Newport for mail. Eleven of the crew of the Kelton were lost overboard with the deck load. ??? reached shore alive.

4 Light south west to westerly wind dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.02. Keeper and assts cleaning tower stairs and painting floor of lantern and watch room. Steam schooner Minnie Kelton was taken in tow by steam schooner Washington at 1:30 P.M. for Columbia River.

5 Light west to north west wind clear dry. Sea smooth. Bar. 30.03. 1st and second assts painting outside of tower lantern. Keeper went to Newport for mail.

6 Light to a gale from south to south west rain. Sea rough. Bar. 29.72. Keeper and 1st & 2nd assts painting tower stairs and painting brackets top of tower outside.

7th Southerly to south west rain squalls to north west squalls to clear. Bar. 30.10. Keeper and 1st asst cleaning paint work in tower office. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

8th Light north west occational squalls with rain. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.98. Keeper and two asst keeper painting tower stairs and painting office floor.

9th Light north west wind clear warm and dry. Sea smooth. Bar. 30.33. Keeper, 1st & 2nd asst painting bracketts and under side tower balcony of tower. 1st asst went to Newport for mail.

10 Fresh north west breeze cloudy dry. Sea moderate. Bar. 30.00. General duties for the day.

11 Fresh north west with occational rain squalls. Bar. 30.00. Sea moderate. Keeper, 1st and 2nd assts washing and cleaning tower lens.

12 Fresh north west squally to calm. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.98. Keeper, 1st and 2nd assts cleaning oil room & painting window cashee??? 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

13 South west to south rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.90. Keeper, 1st and 2nd asst painting window frames and cashes scrubbing tower floor.

14 Squalls rain southerly to south west breeze to clear. Sea mod. Bar. 29.85. Keeper and 1st asst painting window cashes outside of office and oil room. 2nd asst cleaning brass.

15 Stormy rain with squalls from south west. Sea mod. Bar. 29.82. Keeper working in his quarters. 1st asst working in garden. 2nd asst working in his quarters.

16 Light south west wind cloudy dry. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.75. 1st ass went to Newport for mail. Keeper writting in the office. 2nd asst washing.

17 Light to fresh south west breeze to ??? a gale continuous rain. Sea rough. Bar. 29.85 - 29.73. General duties for the day.

18 Fresh south west breeze with rain squalls. Sea moderate. Bar. 30.01. Keeper working on kitchen pump. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

19 Light to fresh to light south west wind. Sea moderate showery. Before 30.20. Keeper working in his quarters. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail. 1st asst went to Newport left 7 P.M.

20 Moderate south west wind. Fleet of warships passed the station at 5:00 A.M. Rain. Bar. 30.15. 1st asst returned at 6 A.M. General duties for the day.

21 Light south west wind showers to north west clear. Sea mod. Bar. 30.01. Keeper sawing wood. 1st asst working in shop. 2nd asst washing.

22 Light to fresh north west breeze clear. Sea mod. Bar. 30.28. Keeper whitewashing in tower. 2nd asst working in his quarters. 1st asst working in garden.

23 Light westerly to south west wind clear till 10:00 P.M.

24th North west breeze rain squalls. Sea rough. Bar 30.28. General duties for the day.

25th Frequent north west rain squalls. Sea rough. Bar 30.12. Keeper, 1st & 2nd asst painting south side of base of tower and tower office.

26 North west breeze clear and dry. Sea mod. Bar 30.34. Keeper putting new wicks in lenns burner. 1st asst working in shop. 2nd asst went to Newport.

27 Fresh north west breeze to calm rain squalls. Sea mod. Bar 30.15. Keeper 1st & 2nd asst painting balconeys and trim work base of tower.

28 South west showers to north west rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar 30.2. Keeper 1st & 2nd asst painting outside oil room cleaning window panes lens lantern.

29 North west wind with rain squalls. Sea mod. Bar 30.15. 1st asst mending his garden fence. Keeper washing. 2nd asst working in his quarters.

30 North west breeze occational rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar 30.22. Keeper working garden. 2nd asst working in tower office. 1st asst went to Newport for mail. 2nd asst need permission for leave of absence for 14 day from Insptr.

31 Calm to north west wind rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar 30.18. General duties for the day.

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