BACK TO HAWAII NEI AFTER OVER FORTY YEARS ABSENCE
MR. AND MRS. DANDRIDGE.
FOURTY YEARS away from Hawaii and now returned, is the story of Mrs. Dandridge given below:
Mr. and Mrs. Dandridge arrived in Honolulu on the Sierra two weeks ago. Mrs. Dandridge is a Hawaiian and forty years ago, when about twelve years of age, she was taken to the States by Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Lewers, her parents being dead at the time. Her native name is Kapoina.
With the Lewers family, Kapoina traveled extensively throughout the United States. After a while she made the acquaintance of Smith Dandridge, a colored man who fell in love with her and married her.
A daughter was born to them, Mrs. J. K. Mokumaia, now residing in Honolulu. She met her husband in Chicago under romantic circumstances about three years ago. Mokumaia, who is today Inspector of Fish in this city, arrived in Chicago, with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, to which he was attached as a rough rider. Mrs. Dandridge, who was living in Chicago at the time, happened to visit the show and noticed that there were several Hawaiians among the performers. She wanted her daughter to marry a pure-blooded Hawaiian, but hitherto that had seemed to be out of the question. Here, then, she thought, was a chance for her dream to be realized.
With this in mind she sought out an Hawaiian lady in the company and asked her if there was an Hawaiian traveling with the show who would treat her daughter well if he were married to her. She was introduced to Mokumaia and shortly afterwards the wedding took place. Afterwards Mr. and Mrs. Mokumaia returned to the Hawaiian Islands.
Meantime the Dandridges resided in Akron, Ohio. Not long ago the son-in-law wrote and told the old folks to come to Honolulu, where he had a home provided for them. They arrived here two weeks ago and there was a happy reunion.
Notwithstanding that she has been away for over forty years, Mrs. Dandridge has not forgotten the language of her country and adapted herself immediately to its peculiar customs of diet.
Mr. Dandridge, who is an electrical engineer by profession, was born in servitude in Mexico. After the war he cultivated a natural taste for mechanics and turning his attention to electricity soon became an expert in this particular line.
He has worked for years with Edison. He was personally acquainted with the late President McKinley when he was Governor of Ohio. Mr. Dandridge brought with him a number of testimonials from prominent men, including a very kind letter for J. Park Alexander and Ohio Senator. He intends to end his days here and will after a while go to work at his chosen vocation.
(PCA, 12/20/1901, p. 9)