I've just finished reading Star-Bulletin microfilm for January
through April 14, 1954. I expected the weekly Saturday columns, but
there were a few surprises, too.
February 4, 1954: An obit for Helen K. Wilder, a sister of James
(Kimo) Wilder. She died at 83 in Santa Cruz, California. She was
the founder in 1897 of the Honolulu Humane Society.
March 8, 1954: An article about Mike Roberts and DB as they prepare
a new edition of "Colorful Hawaii," originally published in 1945.
The article also mentions DB's work on the forthcoming "Hawaii says
Aloha," a 250-word sketch for Standard Oil's series of pictures and
new Lei Day verses. Includes a photo of DB and Roberts.
March 20, 1954: A 3-page article in Hawaiian Life (magazine section)
about Charles Frazier, who was apparently a well-known and
accomplished photographer. The article is by Urban M. Allen and
mentions William Twigg-Smith. "To most present-day photographers
in "awaii, Charlie Frazier is almost legendary. He is virtually last
of the school of oldtimers that included Bert Tarleton, William Twigg-
Smith, Arthur Jones and John Word Caldwell, among others." Includes
cover and several other Frazier photos.
March 20, 1954: Grace Tower Warren -- who suggested May 1 as Lei
Day -- is still writing a column for the Star-Bulletin. This one
mentions her husband, John Trenholm Warren as being comptroller and
business manager in the 1930s for the Kamehameha Schools whose
founder was Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Mr. Warren had collected several
songs that were bound into the schools' Founder's Day Book.
March 27, 1954: A 2-page article titled "Excuse My Back" by DB on
organist Edwin Sawtelle, his friend since the 1920s. Includes a
wonderful cover photo of Sawtelle's hands on the organ keys, one of
Sawtelle seated at the organ with back to camera, plus a photo of him
with Baron, his prize-winning German Shepherd.
April 3, 1954: A charming article by Grace Tower Warren about hats.
It mentions that Mrs. Warren was married in 1909, the year of "willow
plumes" and that floppy hats were "all the rage ... when Fanny
Heaslip Lea (the first Mrs. hamilton Pope Agee) came here as a bride."
April 6, 1954: A photo of DB and Edith Hope Genee as she arrived for
a 3-week visit in Hawaii. She is described as "president of
California's Chaparral Poetry Socierty, the largest poetry group in
the West." She was staying with Mrs. Edwin Sawtelle of 2270 Kalakaua
April 7, 1954: An article on the first of Honolulu's Art Marts, to
be held on May 1 (Lei Day) at the suggestion of DB. "Artists will
display their works on the Honolulu Zoo fence nearest the corner of
Kalakaua and Monsarrat Avenues."
Among the weekly DB columns are two that contribute much to
our "picture" of DB. One describes DB's love of good food and
ongoing battle with gaining weight. Another tells of an early family
get-together when all 14 visiting cousins, ages 3 to 13, came down
with measles -- in midwinter Minnesota. The latter contains a
description of grandmother -- "no bigger than a minute" -- laying
down down the law about everybody getting along. I'm guessing
that grandma was Mrs. Kimble since the gathering was held at Aunt
Ada's suggestion and possibly at her home in Minnesota. No year is
mentioned but it probably was sometime between 1897 and 1907.
I'm way behind schedule in transcribing the weekly columns and other
items gleaned from the Star-Bulletin. But I'll try to do at least
one every day through the next few months. I think I'll start with
DB's tribute to Ed Sawtelle -- it's a long piece but very much worth