Death of W. O. Aiken, 1960.

Worth Aiken, 87, Businessman, Dies

Worth O. Aiken, prominent Island businessman, died yesterday in Berkley, California, where he had lived since his retirement in 1953.

Masonic rites will be held Tuesday in Berkley and services will be held here later.

Mr. Aiken, 87, was born in Robbinsville, North California, and came to the islands in 1891 on the Bakentine Planter to be a public school teacher in Wailuku, Maui.

He was active in the movement to make Haleakala, largest extinct volcanic crater in the world, a national park.

He lived on Maui for 37 years and was postmaster at Kahului and founder of the First National Bank of Paia, now the Bank of Maui.

He also was a sub-agent for the Territorial Land Department and was connected with the Haiku Pineapple Farm.

Mr. Aiken began the first local air line, Hawaiian Airways, which folded when the stock market crashed in 1929.

He moved to Honolulu in 1927. He was appointed deputy to the Territorial Treasurer to liquidate the assets of the failing Chinese-American Bank.

He was consultant to the late C. Q. Yee Hop, Chinese industrialist and financier.

Surviving are his wife, Elinor; two sons, Bertram S. Aiken of Los Angeles, and Malcolm C. Aiken of Honolulu; one daughter, Mrs. I. C. Baker of Suffield, Connecticut; one brother,  D. George S. Aiken of Palo Alto, California; and two sisters, Mrs. Alexander Ball and Mrs. Irene Starratt, both of Wailuku, Maui.

(Star-Bulletin, 9/4/1960, p. 3)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume 49, Number 248, Page 3. September 4, 1960.

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