Death of Francis Spencer in Kansas, 1920.


A wireless [lono uwea olelo] was received by Frank Spencer of Waimea from the state of Kansas informing  him that his child who is attending school there died in an accident, and this tragedy happened because of an elevator [eleveita]. Some time ago, that youth graduated from Kamehameha School with honors, and he was employed at the Paahau sugar plantation for a time, and because of his adeptness at working on cars, he left for the State of Kansas to study at a mechanics school there. His schooling there at that mechanics school progressed very well, and when the students of that school were examined, from among the 100 students, that Hawaiian boy took second. He was greatly liked for his good nature, and he was a boy who put much thought into his future. This was a child of Frank Spencer and Mrs. Niaulani Allen, and he was a grandchild of Mrs. Mary Kaihenui of Hilo. His younger sibling [James Spencer] is at Kamehameha School and will graduate Kamehameha School this school year, he being the military Captain who paraded the students of Kamehameha at Mooheau Park when last the Kamehameha students were here in Hilo. The deceased boy was raised by his Aunty in Wailuku, Maui, that being Mrs. Rose Kepoikai, and from the home of this aunty he left for that Mechanics School in America. With the Family of that Native Hawaiian youth goes our thoughts of great aloha, and it is God who will give them solace with this unexpected tragic death.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/13/1920, p. 2)


Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XIII, Helu 50, Aoao 2. Mei 13, 1920.


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