This Day in History for August 25


1939

Because of the present European crisis, concern is being felt for Miss Carroll Bush, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gavien A. Bush of Hilo, and Misses Alice and Jane Ackerman, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Ackerman of Kona, all of whom are on a summer tour of Europe. All of the girls were in Paris when last heard from, and the two Ackerman sisters were expected to have left France yesterday on their way to Suez on a Dutch boat to continue their trip around the world, while Miss Bush was expected to remain in France till Sept. 6, when she was to leave for New York. No word has been received from the girls this week and much anxiety is being felt for their whereabouts.

1964

Her compassion for students in a school for the deaf and blind resulted in Ruth Byrne, 19, of Hilo being selected yesterday as “Queen for a Day” on the well known TV show of the same name originating in Los Angeles. Interestingly enough, Byrne was in Los Angeles briefly, stopping off only two days from Hilo en route to Utah State University, where she is a sophomore student. No one was more surprised than her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Byrne of Hilo, who said goodbye to their daughter Saturday.

Last night, they received a telephone call from a happy and excited Ruth, who first of all announced that she had just completed the program which was taped for release next week on the mainland. “We knew that the person selected must have a real heart-rending ‘sob’ story,” her father said this morning, “and we couldn’t imagine how she could have qualified.” But the resourceful young woman told the story of her work with deaf and blind children in a school in Ogden, Utah. The school was in dire need of special electronic equipment to aid in hearing and speech therapy.

1989

Mayor Bernard Akana will join Big Island residents in welcoming home Hilo’s winning Colt baseball team, which returns Sunday afternoon. The young players captured the 1989 Colt World Series championship Aug. 15 in Lafayette, Ind., and went on to participate in the U.S. Baseball Federation Junior Olympic Baseball Series in Montgomery, Ala., this week. “These young people are a credit to our community,” Mayor Akana said in a press release. “Our administration encourages and supports activities which offers young people worthwhile opportunities for personal growth and development. These youngsters grabbed the opportunity and went all the way. I am happy for them. They represent a lot of hard work and determination.”

Mayor Akana added, “I hope the whole town will turn out to show these young men how proud we are of their achievement.” The team is scheduled to return on Aloha Airlines flight 46, arriving at 5:46 p.m.

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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