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This Day in History for August 20


There’s a future in the sugar business for those born in August, it seems. For the month of August brings birthday celebrations for plantation manager John M. Ross, born on the 12th, August S. Costa on the 20th, Walter N. Naquin, on the 22nd and Andrew T, Spalding, who will observe his on the 26th. Retired manager Alexander J. Watt, formerly of the Olaa Sugar Co., is among the August-born, too, having passed another milestone on Aug. 3. Ross, of the Hakalau Plantation Co., was born in Kincardine, Scotland, and came to Hawaii in 1895; Wailea Milling company’s manager Costa first saw the light of day in the Azores and came to the islands as a young lad. Louisiana was the birthplace of Naquin of the Honokaa Sugar Co. He came to Hawaii in 1908, followed three years later by Mr. Spalding (Honomu Sugar Co.), who came from Forfarshire, Scotland. Also from Scotland (Aberlour) is Watt, who arrived here in 1890.

All filled important posts in the development of the sugar industry on Hawaii and contributed much to the civic life of their communities. To them, tons of happy sugar returns of the day and an extra quota to August-born August Costa on the occasion of his birthday today.


Tina Louise Bachiller, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Domingo Bachiller, Lanakila Housing, won an all-expense paid trip to the New York World’s Fair. The Ideal Toy Corp. of New York sponsored the nationwide contest for girls up to age 16. Tina Louise is one of 25 top winners in a coloring contest. Prize includes all travel, hotels, meals and visits to the fair and around New York for two, plus $150 in cash. Mrs. Bachiller said she will accompany her young daughter. Mrs. Bachiller said she received a letter from an official of the Ideal Toy Corp., informing her of the prize. The date of departure is indefinite at this time. Mrs. Bachiller said she obtained the entry blank at Kress Store here.


The Voyager 2 spacecraft’s close encounter with Neptune — more than 2.7 billion miles away — will be broadcast “live” to Big Island residents at the University of Hawaii at Hilo this week. NASA’s satellite broadcasts of the historic images from space will be available for public viewing beginning 6 a.m. tomorrow in the university‘s Campus Center. The broadcasts, including images from the spacecraft, interviews with NASA scientists and press conferences, will originate from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and be received by a 16-foot satellite dish on the UH-Hilo campus.

Broadcasts are scheduled 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 29, with extended coverage Thursday and Friday when Voyager 2 will be closest to the mysteriously ringed planet. Meanwhile, in Waimea, the W.M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawaii Observatory and Parker Ranch also are showing images from Voyager in free nightly two-hour summaries beginning at 6 p.m. tomorrow through Aug. 29 at the Parker Ranch Visitor Center auditorium.

This Day in History is compiled by Brandon Haleamau for the Tribune-Herald using newspaper archives. Whenever possible, the news accounts provided in this column were taken verbatim from the newspaper.


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