Jasper D. Luehrs
Jasper D. Luehrs, engineer of the tug Thomas Monson, was born in 1867, at Cleveland, Ohio, and attended the public schools of his native place until he reached the age of fifteen years. He then went as fireman on the tug Patrick Henry, in the employ of the Smith line, later serving on the Gates, Amadeus and S. S. Stone. He then shipped as fireman on the steamer Wallula for a season, spending the following season in the Everett. In 1886 he received his license as engineer and in the spring of 1887 was appointed as such on the tug Enterprise, on which he remained two seasons, transferring from her to the tug Thomas Monson. After three seasons in this boat he was made second on the steamer Everett, but he closed the season on the Thomas Monson, on which he has since remained as chief engineer. Mr. Luehrs is a member of Amazon Lodge No. 567, I. O. O. F.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.