Authority for Expenditure 34-1911
Toppenish, Washington, new passenger depot.
Jess D. Koren, Division Engineer, Spokane, to James Lyndes DeForce, Superintendent, Pasco, July 27, 1911
Have you any advise as to when you will receive a steam shovel for the Toppenish work? The curbing is being put in and filing for platform should be done, but I do not like to have this filled and tamped until I have some material on the outside of the curb, as it is over three feet high, and only eight inches thick.
DeForce to Ira Burton Richards, General Superintendent, Tacoma, July 28, 1911
How soon can we expect the steam shovel to get out material in connection with the grading at Toppenish? Mr. Koren advises that they are ready to go ahead with the curbing for the platform, but cannot do any work until the filling is done.
Koren to DeForce, September 13, 1911
The charge of erecting steam shovel on grading to this depot nearly five days should also be divided for filling behind depot and tracks.
Fred Browne, Roadmaster, Pasco, to DeForce, September 15, 1911
I estimate it will require anywhere from 50 to 100 cars of cinders to completely cover these driveways, but as Mr. Koren states, this need not be done at once. Think he is right in his assumption that cinders will be better for this work than gravel.
Richards to DeForce, September 27, 1911
Frances, Wash. - Am now figuring on leaving Ellensburg tomorrow morning on gas car. Please be on hand with Browne. Could not make arrangements to Pasco and will have to double back from Pasco to North Yakima on Saturday.
J. Wartinbee, Pasco, to DeForce, Walla Walla and Dixie, September 27, 1911
Mr. Richards advises that he wants to leave Ellensburg tomorrow A.M. on gas car. Wants you and Browne to accompany him. Have advised Browne.
DeForce to Browne, Roadmaster, North Yakima, September 27, 1911
Please arrange to accompany Mr. Richards out of Ellensburg tomorrow A.M. on gas car.
Koren to Browne, September 27, 1911
I have received enclosed bill for leveling at NP depot at Toppenish. I don't understand just how much of this work this covers. I presume you have the date and if you can have this turned in with other work and voucher made for it and then bill on me, I wish you would do so as all of this work was handled by you.
Koren to DeForce, October 4, 1911
I will recommend that we get cinders enough for the driveways, this would mean about six inches of cinders around the depot, and on the other driveways from the depot to the street. The grading is otherwise completed. There could be a little more put in, but I understand there was not any more to be hand in the cut where the steam shovel was located. I do not think that it will be more expensive to put cinders on the driveways than it would be with gravel, and it would make a much better job.
DeForce to Browne, Roadmaster, Pasco, October 6, 1911
Again referring to the mater of filling in the station grounds at Toppenish. It has been decided to do this work with cinders. I will arrange to have all cinders billed to Toppenish. You should see that they are unloaded promptly and the driveways fixed up first.
Koren to DeForce, Pasco, October 10, 1911
Referring to your letter of October 6 to Mr. Browne, in regard to cinders for drive way at Toppenish. I think we should have the freight house track constructed so as to unload from this and save some haul. The expense of unloading and distributing cinders should be charged up to the cost of preparing the depot grounds. I am making up an estimate for this now and will send you for RFA.
DeForce to Henry Olson, Toppenish, October 10, 1911
For team labor performed during the months of August and September, leveling around new passenger depot at Toppenish, as per bill certified by Roadmaster Browne, August 29-31, September 1-7, 9, 11, 15, 205 hours at .50 cents per hour, $102.50.
Koren to DeForce, October 12, 1911
Please wire me total number of cars unloaded By Steam Shovel 22, [number] cars used at Toppenish depot and [number] cars for Toppenish tracks for August and September separately.
DeForce to S.H. Timmrock, Toppenish, October 14, 1911
For team labor performed during the month of September leveling around new depot at Toppenish as per bill certified by Roadmaster Browne, September 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 48 hours at .50 cents, $24.
DeForce to Koren, October 14, 1911
Number of cars used at Toppenish Depot in August 180; tracks 40, total 220, in September for depot 115, for track 309, for ballast 24, total 448.
Koren to DeForce, October 13, 1911
I do not have the total number of cars unloaded at Toppenish but I have total cars unloaded on the depot grounds. Mr. Todt kept a careful check on this, and his statement show 108 cars in August, and 100 cars in September. In accordance with this your distribution of the cost for depot grounds and tracks is not correct. You have 81.8 percent for the Toppenish depot grounds in August, while it should be about 50 percent. For September your distribution is also a little in excess for the passenger depot, but this is not enough to warrant any change. The amount of cars I have given you for the depot grounds includes eleven cars which were dumped at the extreme end of the station grounds, but as this work is on the depot site it can be considered as station ground work.
DeForce to V.F. Erickson, work train conductor, October 14, 1911
The Engineering Department claims that but 108 cars gravel were unloaded at Toppenish depot during August. Report received from you AM Lidgerwood waybills shows 180. Please check this over and let me know exact numbers of cars unloaded for that work.
DeForce to M.A. Carter, Toppenish, October 23, 1911
For team labor performed during the month of October in hauling cinders to be used as filling around new passenger depot at Toppenish, as per bill certified by Roadmaster Browne, October 10, 11, 13, three days at $5 per day, $15.
Detail of charges to AFEs, Improvement No. 34-1911, Toppenish Depot
Engine Service Bill
Engine No. 1353
August 29 1.3
August 30 1.3.20
August 31 1.3.10
Engine No. 1533
August 22 1.1.50
August 23 1.6.10
August 24 1.6.10
August 25 1.5.40
August 26 1.5.30
August 27 1.6.10
August 28 1.4.30
Engine No. 1588
August 25 1.1.45
August 26 1.6
August 27 1.7
August 28 1.7
August 29 1.6
August 30 1.5.50
August 31 1.5.50
Charge 81.8 percent.
Detail of charges to AFEs, Improvement No. 34-1911, Toppenish Depot, Engine Service Rental
Weight on Drivers - Engine Number - Time - Rate Day - Amount
143,800 - 1353 - 150 Hours 30 minutes - 12 - 80.60
201,500 - 1588 - 157 Hours 30 minutes - 14 - 219.80
Detail of charges to AFEs, Improvement No. 34-1911, Toppenish Depot
Freight on coal for engine service bills - Roslyn Coal
Engine 1353 - 15.0.30 at 14.408 - 287.72 - 27.69
Engine 1588 - 15.7 at 31.266 - 564.78 - 110.46
J.E. Coyle, Superintendent, Pasco, to H.A. Gray, Comptroller, St. Paul, May 13, 1914
Toppenish depot completed October, 1911. Material - 154.84; Labor - 84.09; Engineering - 759.05; Contract Work - 27,636.07; Freight and Passes - 8,043.14; Insurance - 6.91; Total - 36,684.10. Estimate $28,692. Excess due to transportation charges which were not included in estimate.
Koren, ca. May, 1914
Report of Excess Expenditure on Comptroller's Improvement No. 34 of 1911.
Excavation, dry - 492 CY - 246
Excavation, wet - 326 CY - 984
Concrete - 214 CY - 1,926
Backfilling/Tamping - 200 CY - 30
Forms - 1,500 FBM - 330
Concrete floor, 4 in. - 182 Sq Y - 182
Reinforced concrete floor, 4 in. - 153 Sq Y - 183.60
Expanded metal No. 10 - 1,400 Sq Ft - 45
Steel - 8,500 Lbs - 295
Cast iron columns - 2,000 Lbs - 54
Common brick - 110 M - 990
Labor laying - 110 M bricks - 935
Mortar for - 110 M bricks - 192.50
Pressed brick - 35 M - 805
Mortar for pressed brick - 35 M - 87.50
Labor laying - 35 M pressed brick - 875
Tile flue lining 12x12 in. - 42 Lin Ft - 16.80
Cut stone - NA - 1050
Water proofing - 270 Sq Yds - 270
Terazzo floor - 2,270 Sq Ft - 1,021.50
Enameled brick wainscoting - 2,250 Sq Ft - 1,125
Plastering - 800 Sq Yds - 280
Lumber - 65,000 FBM - 1,690
Millwork - NA - 1,880
Hardware and iron - NA - 290
Slate roofing - 98 squares - 1,470
Ridge tile - 360 Ft - 144
Copper flashing - 350 Lbs - 168
Cornice and cutter - 480 Lin Ft - 288
Down pipe - 90 Lin Ft - 27
Floor lights for areas - NA - 30
Exterior painting - 700 Sq Yds - 175
Interior painting - 1,200 Sq Yds - 325
Interior oak painting - 230 Sq Yds - 92
White washing - 92 Sq Yds - 22.40
Scales - 2 - 340
Septic tank, cess pool and drainage - NA - 550
Steam heating - NA - 1,200
Plumbing - NA - 1,450
Water piping and hydrant - NA - 450
Electric light - NA - 580
Contractors profit on material, 10 percent - 1,442.78
Brick platform - 1,770 Sq Yds at 1.15 - 2,035.50
Concrete curb - 1,630 Lin Ft at .45 - 773.50
Engineering - 985
Brick platform - 2,182 Sq Yds at 1.30 - 2,836.60
Concrete curb - 1,368 Lin Ft at .55 - 752.40
Transportation - NA - 8,043.14
Koren, Requisition for Authority for Expenditure 80, May 19, 1914
Authority is requested for an expenditure of 7,992.02, to additions and betterments for new work at Toppenish, Washington, not in budget, consisting of passenger depot, excess expenditure of  1911. The expenditure is recommended for the following reasons:
Excess cost of platform was due to increase of price and quantities of actual work over estimate, 1,770 square yards being estimated at 1.13 and 2,182 square yards being constructed at 1.30 per yard. Excess in cost of curbing was due to 1,630 lineal feet having been estimated at .45 cents per foot and 1,699 lineal feet being constructed. Of this amount, 1,368 feet cost .55 cents per foot and the balance, 331 feet, cost a total of 422.30, on account of being higher than specified, owing to the natural surface of the ground being low. The increase in quantities of platform and curbing was due to the building being moved back further from the track, in accordance with instructions from the general manager.
No transportation charges were provided for in the estimate, but freight and passenger transportation was charged to the work at tariff rates.
Updated March 5, 2006.