BEING A LIBRARY, COMPLETE AND AUTHENTHIC,
THE MEN OF HAWAII
JOHN WILLIAM SIDDALL
HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, LIMITED
TERRITORY OF HAWAII
Men of Hawaii : being a biographical reference library, complete and authentic, of the men of note and substantial achievement in the Hawaiian Islands : volume 1"
businessman, Honolulu; born July 12, 1867, in Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii; son of Joseph Ballard and Juliette Montague (Cooke) Atherton; educated at Punahou School (Honolulu), Oakland High School (Oakland, Cal.), Oberlin College (Ohio), 1887; married Minnie Merriam of La Grange, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1887; children: three daughters- Violet, Juliette, Laura.
Began business career as buyer in the firm of Castle & Cooke, Honolulu, 1887, advancing to assistant cashier, assistant treasurer and since then has been treasurer.
Is president of Hustace-Peck Co., Ltd.; first vice-president Mutual Telephone Co., Ltd.; vice-president Young Bros, Ltd. (boat builders) ; vice-president, E. O. Hall & Son, Ltd.; treasurer, Ewa, Waialua and Kohala plantations; director in the Bank of Hawaii, Ltd., Hawaiian Electric Co., Ltd., Oahu Railway & Land Co., Ltd., Honolulu Rapid Transit & Land Co., Ltd., and many other enterprises.
Is interested in philanthropic and educational work, being a trustee of the Central Union Church, president of Library of Hawaii, a director of the Y. M. C. A. Member of the Commercial, Pacific, Country, University, Outrigger Canoe, Healani Boat and Beretania Tennis Clubs of Honolulu.
business man, Honolulu; born in Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, July 3, 1886; son of James B. and Julia (White) Castle; earliest American ancestors came over on Mayflower in 1620, among them being William Bradford, first governor of Massachusetts, and Elder Brewster, a very noted man; married Alice H. Hedemann, Feb. 16, 1910, in Honolulu; three children: Virginia Frothingham, James Christian and Alice Churchill.
Educated, Punahou school, Oahu College, Harvard University (two years) ; began bus- iness career in the employ of California & Hawaiian Sugar Refining Co., at their refinery at Crockett, Cal., 1906-1907; with Alexander & Baldwin, Ltd. (Honolulu), in different capacities for several years; entered business with his father as business manager and part owner in his various enterprises; director, Hawaiian Development Co., Castle & Cooke, Ltd., Castle Estate Ltd., and many other corporations.
Member, Oahu Country,
University and Hawaii Polo and Racing Clubs.
Is a fond follower aquatic sports, surfing, polo and big game hunting.
editor, Honolulu; born April 3, 1868, in Florence, S. C. ; son of Frederick Withrop and Mary Mazic (Hume) Ford, descendant of Frederick Ford of London who settled in Carolina about 1668 with Royal Charter from King James II to a large tract of land, arriving in Charleston with shipload of white servants.
Father was large rice planter and owner of a thousand slaves at time of Civil War.
Educated, Charleston (S. C.) High School and Porter University.
Began professional career with Charleston News and Courier, 1885; associated with Patrick and John C. Calhoun, Wall Street, N. Y., 1886; wrote and produced plays in New York 1893 and 1900-1902; with New York dailies 1891-93; Chicago Daily News 1894-1895; editor Irrigation Age and Homeseekers' Journal, Chicago; made tours of world beginning in 1899, for leading American and English magazines; located in Honolulu 1907, publisher Mid-Pacific magazine and organized the Pan-Pacific movement.
Has made a scientific study of races bordering on Pacific, through branches of Pan-Pacific Union.
art dealer, Honolulu; born in Kansas, Dec. 21, 1874; son of Alfred Richard and Margaret (McSherry) Gurrey; educated University of California, 1908; married Caroline Haskins, daughter of Charles Dudley Haskins of Oakland, Cal., in Honolulu, June 11, 1904; two children, Gwendolyn and Richard.
Civil and mining engineering, seven years California, four and a half years Honolulu; established Gurrey's, Ltd., Honolulu, art crafts shop, 1903.
Member of University club of Honolulu.
financier, Honolulu, T. H.; born in Indiana, Indiana Co., Pennsylvania, September 20, 1860; son of Thomas McCartney and Elizabeth Ann (Newman) McCandless; descendant of pioneer settlers of western Pennsylvania; educated in public schools
of Indiana Co., Penna., and Volcano, W. Va.; married Lillian Fredrica Hargear of New York City, Nov. 7, 1910; no children.
Began business career with father in West Virginia oil fields, learning to drill wells; was in Leadville, Colo., 1879-1880; went to San Francisco, Cal., November, 1880, later coming to Honolulu on S. S. City of New York, December, 1880; in following year 1881 on
arrival of brothers John A. and Lincoln L. McCandless, formed firm of McCandless Bros., artesian well drill-
ers; since then
have drilled over 600 wells, making it possible to operate Ewa, Oahu, Kahuku
and Waialua plantations; on guarantee of McCandless Bros, to find water
in sufficient quantity for irrigation purposes, Ewa Plantation was organized;
this being first plantation in Hawaii to install pumping plants for irrigation
purposes from artesian wells.
Was corporal of Sharpshooters Company under provisional government and Republic of Hawaii.
Member Pacific, Commercial, Outrigger Canoe and Country clubs of Honolulu and Bohemian and Union League clubs of San Francisco, Cal.
Member all Masonic orders, both York and Scottish Rite and Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of Mystic Shrine for North America.
Has crossed Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Honolulu 67 times: made one round trip across Atlantic Ocean, 1900-01.
SOPER, JOHN FREDERICK,
merchant, Honolulu; born in Vallejo, Cal., July 4, 1872; son of John Harris and Mary W. (Wundenberg) Soper; not married; received education at Punahou, St. Alban's College and public schools; began business career with Bishop & Co., bankers, Honolulu, in 1889; removed to San Francisco in 1893 and in 1894 received commission as vice and deputy consul general of Hawaii at San
Francisco, Mr. Chas. T. Wilder being consul general under provisional government; resigned and returned to Honolulu to become manager of Hawaiian News Co. Ltd., 1897.
Member Commercial club, Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Boat Club, and chairman of registration committee of Hawaiian Association A. A. U. since formation of organization in Honolulu.
SOPER, JOHN HARRIS,
merchant, Honolulu; born Nov. 17, 1846, in Plymouth, Devonshire, England; son of Thomas Harris and Mary (Kipling)Soper; descendant of Joseph Kipling, British officer in French and Indian War; married Mary Elizabeth Wundenberg at Vallejo, Cal., Sept. 13, 1871; five chil- dren: John Frederick, William Harris, Josephine Mary, Blanche Ethel, Ruth Constance. Educated public schools, Chicago, 1852-57, Normal University, Bloomington, Ill., 1857-61; arrived San Francisco, via Panama, July 4, 1861, Honolulu 1886 and acquired business of J. M. Oat, Jr., & Co.; incorporated as Hawaiian News Co., Aug. 1, 1891, being its president since.
Commander-in-chief military forces of Provisional Government, Jan. 17, 1893; Adjutant General and Chief of Staff 1894-1907; Brigadier- General National Guard of Hawaii, by authority of War Department, retiring April 2, 1907; Marshal of Kingdom of Hawaii 1884-86 and 1888-90.
Is honorary vice-president Societe des Sauveteurs du Dernier Adieu, Nov. 12, 1894, received diploma and decoration Croix Rosette.
Member Hawaiian Lodge No. 21, F. & A. M., since 1885, Master 1894.
real estate, Honolulu, T. H., born in Mirschikau, Pilsen, Austria, July 24, 1860; son of Benedict and Ester (Schwarzkopf)
Steiner; educated at State High school, Pilsen, Bohemia, Austria; married Rosa Schwarz in Prague, Austria, October 20, 1889; four children, Harry, Lionel, Walter and Ernest Steiner.
Entered business at Frankfort-on-Main. Germany, 1876, receiving good business training; came to United States, 1881, making short stay in New York and St. Louis; came to Hawaii via San Francisco, 1882, entering employ of H. J. Hart, confectioner and caterer, with whom he soon became partner; became managing partner of business on death of Mr. Hart, 1888; retired from Hart & Co., 1899, founding Island Curio Co.; retired from this business 1914 to devote his time to management of his property holdings and island investments.
Became American citizen 1900.
Member Honolulu Lodge No. 409. F. & A. M., Mystic Lodge No. 2, K. P., and Chamber of Commerce.
THRUM, DAVID F.,
merchant, Honolulu; born in Honolulu under the Kingdom of Hawaii, March 26, 1872; son of Thomas G. and Anna L. (Brown) Thrum; father an author and historian of note especially as relating to Hawaiian Isl- ands and for many years publisher of Thrum's Annual; educated at Punahou School, Honolulu; married Martha S. Colburn in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 26, 1899; one child: Margaret E.
Began business career with father, Thos. G. Thrum, in 1888; became manager Thrum's, Ltd., 1913.
bookseller, publisher and researcher, Honolulu; born May 27, 1842, Newcastle, N. S. W., Australia; son of Thomas Augustine and Elizabeth W. (McPhail) Thrum; great-grandson of John Thrum, who was with Captain Cook on discovering the continent of Australia; married Anna Laura Brown in San Francisco, Jan. 11, 1865; four children, Geo. Ernest A. (deceased), F. Wm., David F., and Ella L.
Educated in Australia and Honolulu, followed by a commercial and navigation course; began business career in the store of John T. Waterhouse, 1855; went to sea on a whaler, 1856; clerk in store in Honolulu and Hilo, 1859-1867; spent five years in sugar industry on Kohala Plantation, Hawaii; succeeded Black and Auld in the stationery and news business, 1870; later engaging in printing and binding; publisher "Saturday Press," 1881-1886; with J. J. Williams launched "Paradise of the Pacific," 1888; since 1875 publisher Hawaiian Annual; was registrar of conveyances, 1888-1904; in 1913 incorporated Thrum's, Ltd., of which he is vice-president.
Since 1904 has spent in research work, touring the four principal islands locating ancient heiaus and heiau sites, listing 494; has been engaged in revising and editing for the Bishop Museum the valuable "Fornander Collection" of Hawaiian folk lore; has recently completed a work on "Ancient Ha- waiian Mythology," the first complete treatment of the subject, and listing over 400 gods and goddesses of the race; published, 1907, "Hawaiian Folk Tales," "Stories of the Menehunes," and the "Brownies of Hawaii."
Member of Excelsior Lodge, I. O. O. F., charter member Hawaiian Historical Society; was one of six organizers of Honolulu Library and Reading Rooms Association in 1879.
president and manager Trent Trust Co., Ltd., Honolulu; born September 14, 1867, in Somerville, Fayette County, Tenn. ; son of William Clough and Mary Virgin (Bonner) Trent; married, January 2, 1890, Mattie Burke Thomas at Memphis, Tenn.; attended primary schools until twelve years of age then entered office of Somerville Falcon, weekly newspaper, as "devil," being foreman of of lice at age of 14; followed the printing trade for several years, becoming a bookkeeper in 1885 in Memphis; took up residence in Honolulu in 1901 and worked as a printer on the Evening Bulletin; bookkeeper and treasurer, 1901-1904 for Henry Waterhouse & Co., and Henry Waterhouse Trust Co., 1904- 1907; organized Trent Trust Co., Ltd., in 1907 with paid in capital of $50,000, paid in capital', at present time $100,000, undivided profits $73,000 with aggregate resources of $590,000; corporation is publisher of TrenTrusTics, a financial journal much in demand by investors and others interested in Hawaiian industries and securities; was first treasurer of County of Oahu and twice re-elected, serving three terms from 1905-1910; is a Democrat in politics and prominent in party circles; president Honolulu Y. M. C. A., 1908-1915, member Territorial Board of Public Lands, 1910-1914. Member Commercial Club, 32nd degree mason, member Shrine, I. O. O. F. and K. P.; is owner of only private zoo in Territory which is always open to public.
JOHN WILLIAM SIDDALL