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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 29, 1916
fHE PASSING OF
A HISTORIC SPOT
What is known as the old Dieier
plnce, on the west side of the road,
mauka of Koloa, i yielding to the
march of agriculture, and is be
ing cleared up and prepared for
cane. A ' spacious garden, with
many fine, old trees, it is a place
with a history, a place that one
reerets to see wiped off the lands
cape, and entirely forgotten.
Apparently the place was first
started by the Toby Bros, who
came to the Islands in the late30's
of the last century, and in common
with Peck and Titeotnb, and oth
ers, came to Koloa to engage in
agricultural pursuits. The Koloa
plantation had just been started,
and Koloa was looked on as an
agricultural Mecca of much prom
ise, l'eck and Titcomb concluded
to make a venture in silk, but the
Toby Bros, stuck by cane, the
former securing the land east of
the road, hence known as Mauna
Kilika (Silk Mountain) and the
latter the region west of the road,
known as Mauna Alio.
The way of the planter was hard
in those day, and aftei a few
years of strenuous endeayor they
were glad to break even, and quit
the business. They are said to have
b-en vry superior men, standing
out in commendable distinction
frum the general run of beach
combers in those old days.
Following the Toby Bros, came
Stephens, concerning whom noth
ing at all is known probably he
did not remain long. Following
him came Captain Gilmour, who,
like many another old salt, wasn't
much of a farmer, but was dis
tinctly a character, more interest
ing perhaps than moral. He is the
man, who, on one occasion report
ed his wife as being "slightly de
composed today". And when the
bark John Wesley was lying in
the Koloa harbor, with unmistak
able signs of a Kona brewing, he
sent word to the Captain that he
had better get out. The Captain
sent back word to him to mind his
own blank business. Gilmour's
sententious comment was "The
d---d old fool lie knows it all!
I want some stanchions for my
pig pen, and I'll get them!" Sure
enough, next morning the John
Wesley was piled up high and dry
on the rocks.
Gilmour's dissipated habits were
a source of much annoyance to his
wife, and finally when she could
stand it no longer she left him to
go back to her mother in New
England, by way of the Horn.
This heroic treatment brought him
to his senses, and after her depar
ture he did some profitable think
ing, with the result, that he con
cluded to follow her, repent, make
it up, and bring her back. It was
jiiit about that time that the Pa
nama Railway Route was opened;
by taking that short cut he was
able to fonstall her arrival in Bos
ton, and when she arrived, lo and
behold there he was standing on (
the wharf, jov and repentance
mingled on his face, waiting to'
meet her. Such romantic devotion
TO POT ONE OVER?
The suspicion has been aroused
at Washington that the effort to
have the United States build a road
around Oahu was no more than a
scheme to have Uncle Sam con
struct and maintain a Territorial
highway. The following is what
THE GARDEN ISLAND'S speci
al correspondent at Washington
says of the matter
Washington. D. C. Feb. 6.
The War Department has dis
approved the proposal to appro
priate funds for the construction
of a military road around the Is
land of Oahu. Objection is made
to that portion of the bill pro
viding for the road whicli assigns
the work to the department of
public works of Hawaii, the War
Department believing that if the
construction Is primarily for mili
tary put poses the preliminary sur
veys and the actual work of con
struction should be done by the
Army. The Chief of Engineers,
in reporting on the bill, savs: "I
know of no recommendation from
military authorities now on the is
land for the construction of the
road mentioned, and, it appears to
me. that the bill is an attempt to
transfer from the Territory of
Hawaii to the federal government
not only the cost of constructing
new roads, desired primarily for
territorial purposes, but also the
cost of maintenance of some of the
existing roads constructed by the
territory for its own purposes and
without any consideration for the
The doctors report what appears
to be almost an epidemic of in
fluenza at the Lihue end of the is
land, many people in all walks of
life (and some in automobiles, as
well) being afflicted.
could not fail of its reward.
The next occupant of Mauna
Alio was Charman, who held it
for 20 years or more, and who ex
tended its interests very material
ly. He built a small sugar mill
in the ravine at the back; conduct
ed a ranch in connection with the
plant; and later raised and manu
factured starch, the Hawaiian arrow-root
kind. Eor the manufac
ture of this latter commodity he
built a small mill, somewhat back
from the toad, near the foot of the
Haalulu hill. Charman was a good
deal of a rustier, not seriously
handicapped by over refined moral
sense, and he built up quite a repu
tation for both his sugar and his
fctareh, in the local markets.
The last independent occupant
of the place was August Dreier,
who conducted it very successfully,
for a short term of years, during
which time he acquired a sufficient
competence to enable him to enter
into partnership witn Duncan Mc
Bryde in the Eletle plantation.
That was some 40 years ago, and
since that time Mauna Alio has
formed an integral part of the Ko
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