Turning Back the Pages

Bishop & Lee sailed to Hawaii

Charles Reed Bishop’s close friend was William Little Lee of Hudson Falls, whose sister, Eliza Lee had married Charles’ uncle, Linus Bishop. Charles convinced William that the way for them to make their fortune was to journey to the Oregon territory, the land of new opportunity — and they took ship and sailed on Feb. 23, 1846. After sailing “around the horn” of South America, the ship stopped in Honolulu to take on provisions and the young adventurers were so taken with the Hawaiian Islands that they journeyed no farther.

Much against her parents wishes, Princess Bernice Pauahi Paki, a member of the Hawaiian royal family, became Charles’ wife. They had a child, Keolaokalani Davis. Bernice Bishop, 53, died in 1884.

Mrs. W.F. Allen, Charles’ niece, left Warrensburgh to live in Hawaii at his invitation and sent back many artifacts to be displayed at the Richards’ Library and they are still there today.

Duo attains influence and fame

William Little Lee also did well in the islands — he practiced law and became a chief justice of Hawaii as well as founding private property rights — but he died in 1857 when he was only 36 years old. His body was shipped home and his impressive monument now stands in the Fort Edward cemetery.

Charles Reed Bishop, a dynamic hard worker, achieved fame in Hawaii as a key founder of educational, banking and historic institutions. He also was an influential politician and philanthropist. Bishop died June 7, 1914, at the age of 93 in San Francisco. His body was shipped back to Hawaii to be buried there beside his Hawaiian wife.)

Lady escapes tyrant

News has been received from Hartzell, Colo. of the divorce of Viva Harrington, a country schoolteacher and Ralph M. Harrington, a wealthy rancher. It is alleged that soon after their marriage he threw her on the floor and held her until she admitted he was boss. Then he forced flypaper into her mouth to close it. She was granted a divorce and alimony after telling her story to a judge.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden atjhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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