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ANNUAL REPORT OF S. WATERS FOX, DIVISION ENGINEER, ST. JOSEPII DIVISIOX, 1894.
MISSOURI RIVER COMMISSION,
Gasconade, Vo., June 30, 1894. COLONEL: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations under my charge on the St. Joseph divisioü of the Missouri River for the tiscal year ending June 30, 1894.
The only work done on this division was in Belmont Bend, on the St. Joseph Reach, during the fall and winter of 1893. The approved project, submitted under date of May 27, 1893, provided for the construction of 3,500 feet of revetment to close the gap between the works in Belmont and Elwood Bends, and the reinforcement with rock ballast of 4,500 linear feet of the upper bank of the old Belmont revetment. Notification of the approval of an allotment of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) for expenditure in accordance therewith, was received under date of June 24, 1893. An office was opened in St. Joseph September 11, 1893, and measures taken at once for carrying on the work. All of the construction materials were purchased in open market. As none of the floating plant under charge of the Commission was available, the following pieces were chartered under authority from the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army, dated September 1, 1893, viz: One steamer, with crew.
$22. 00 One sand dredge..
8.00 Two barges, each.
3. 00 One barge...
2. 00 Two of the barges were provided with ways, brush platforms, capstans, etc., necessary for their use as mattress boats. The sand dredge was dismantled and outfitted with a Davidson's pump 18 by 18 by 104 inches, 4-inch hose, and other accessories necessary for uso as an hydraulic grader.
Weaving mattress began with one party October 8 at a point 1,110 feet below point A on the accompanying map. A second party began weaving October 24 at the point A. The former finished work November 24; the latter, November 8. The total length of mattress woven was 4,598 feet, protecting 4,513 linear feet of bank, shown on the accompanying map A to B. The maximum width of mattress at any point was 126 feet; the average width 85.75 feet. The driving of piles for shore anchorage of the mattress was begun October 9 and finished November 30. Fourhundred and fifty-seven piles were driven to an average penetration of 19.54 feet each. The progress of this branch of the work and of mattress construction was seriously retarded by failure in delivery of materials. Hydraulic bank grading was begun October 10 and carried on, with some interruptions, on account of ice in the river, until November 30, at which time it was finished. Four thousand and one linear feet of bank, containing 32,575 cubic yards of earth, were graded. Tho ballasting of the upper bank was finished December 16. The delivery of the chartered plant to the owners at St. Joseph, as provided in the charter, having been made impossible by the closing of the river with ice, an agreement was reached by which they were to accept the plant if pulled out on the bank at the lower end of the work. All of tho hulls, except tho steamer and one barge (the latter being wrecked by consent of the owners), were pulled ont by December 16 and a release from further liability secured. The Government prop. erty and records were then shipped to Gasconade, Mo., and the St. Joseph office closeil December 23, 1893. Esbibits of cost in detail of the work are given in the appendix.
A partial shore-line survey in Belmont Bend, to show the location of the new reretment, was made May 9, 1894. At that time a break about 100 feet long in the npper bank work, at (A) on the map, was reported. Under date of June 11 an estimate of cost for the repair of the break was submitted. The work will be undertaken as soon as the river has receded to a proper working stage. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. WATERS Fox,
Division Engincer. Lieut. Col. CHARLES R. SUTER, Corps of Engineers, V. S. A.,
President Missouri River Commission.
ExMBIT A.-Cost in detail of 4,513 linear feet of reretment in Belmont Bend, 1893.
EXIBIT B.- Viscellaneous data and elements of cost of 4,51.3 linear feet of revetment in
Belmont Bend, 1893. Linear feet of revetment
4,513 Linear feet of mattress.
4, 589 Square feet of mattress
394, 278.50 Average width.
85. 75 Total cost...
$24, 849. 72 Cost per linear foot of revetment
$5. 5046 Cost per square (100 square feet)
$6.30 Exhibit C.-Cost of miscellaneous items of new plant, repair, care, and transportation of
plant and administration. New plant: Rope
23. 49 Cable, steel
$166.54 Repairs to plant: Labor
639. 60 Lumber and nails
1,078. 80 Care of plant: Watching
$317.94 Pulling out boats.
271.81 Moving property.
812. 75 Charter, towboat
922. 75 Administration: Labor.
1, 691. 56 Office rent.
52. 50 Traveling expenses
1, 926.71 Survey, labor..
ANNUAL REPORT OF S. WATERS FOX, DIVISION ENGINEER, KANSAS DIVISION, 1894.
Missouri RIVER COMMISSION,
Gasconade, Jo., June 30, 1894. COLONEL: I have the lionor to submit the following report of the operations under my charge, on the Kansas City division of the Missouri River, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1894.
Work on this division was confined to the loading of plant and construction materials on barges at East Bottoms, near Kansas City, and the care of plant while awaiting transportation from that point to Gasconade, Mo.
On July 1, 1893, there were 28 hulls at East Bottoms. These were taken away in tow by the steamer Gasconade and the United States tow boat Alert; the former taking 7 hulls in 2 tows on July 4 and 12, respectively; the latter took 21 hulls in 3 tows, leaving East Bottoms July 6, 17, and 24.
Tho expense of all of the above operations was charged to the allotment for systematic improvement in first reach. Vory respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. WATERS Fox,
Division Engineer'. 'Lieut. Col. CHARLES R. SUTER,
('orps of Engineers, U.S. A.,
President Missouri Rirer Commission.
ANNUAL REPORT OF SAMUEL II. YONGE, DIVISION ENGINEER, OSAGE DIVISION, 1894.
MISSOURI RIVER COMMISSION,
Jefferson City, Mo., June 30, 1894. COLONEL: I have the honor to submit my report of the operations conducted under my charge on the work of inproving the Missouri River on Osage division of first reach during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1894, as follows:
SYSTEMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN THE FIRST REACII. Projects. The construction of improvement works was, with one exception, viz, Diko 21A, carried on uuder approved projects fully described in former reports. The several works, and the projects of which they form parts, are as follows, viz: Tho construction of incomplete parts of Dikes B anıl C of the project of February 9, 1892; the extension of Dikes 17A, 18A, and 19A, under project of February 17, 1892, as amended in project of March 21, 1893; the completion of Dikes 20 and 21 to the lines of rectification as fixed by the latter project; the construction of Dike 31, and of parts of Dikes 26, 27, 28, 29, 35, and 36 also of the latter project. The construction of Diko 21A becamo necessary to meet a change in the direction of tlow on the Barkers ville crossing, caused by the formation of a l'eef whereby Dike 22 was threatened with being flanked. Your verbal approval for its construction was given July 28, 1893.
After the river had fallen sufficiently to observe the effects of Dikes B, C, and D of the Cedar City group, it became apparent that these dikes alono were not sufficient to entirely prevent a flow into Cedar City Chute, to accomplish which at least one moro diko would be required. In pursuance of your instructions, a survey and examination of the river in that vicinity were made in July, on which a report was submitted recommending a modification of the project of February 9, 1892, by changing the proposed location of Dike E so as to make it normal to the general direction of flow from the main river into the chute (seo Pl. I). Your approval of the above recommendations was given in August, and I was at the same time instructed to proceed with the work when it should becomo possible to do so. It was not possible, however, to construct the dike during the summer and fall of 1893, on account of all the available plant being required for more urgent works, nor in the spring of 1894, on account of thero being no funds available for the purpose.
By your letter of August 29, 1893, I was directed to proceed with the work of extending the Murrays Bend revetment of 1892 to the foot of the bend, in accordance with the approved project of August 19, 1892.