A Letter from the After the War

I found a gem in the Garden Island Newspaper this evening.  It is a letter from Theodore Pacheco to his parents, Francisco Pacheco and Alexandria de Caires.  Theodore was stationed in Bourges, France in 1919, after the war ended.

The letter details what Theodore experienced in the small town the day the German’s stopped fighting.  I got chills reading it.  I have so few writigns from my relatives.  To have the newspaper preserve this little piece of the Pacheco history is a wonderful find!

Part one of letter from Theodore Pacheco


Part two of letter from Theodore Pacheco

Part two of letter from Theodore Pacheco

The letter reads as follows:

The following interesting letter was written to Mr. Frank Pacheco of Kilauea by his son, Pvt. Ted Pacheco, now in France:

Bourges, France

Nov. 24th 1918,

Dear Father:

This is your day, set aside by the A. E. F. as fathers’ day.

You of course already know that the war is over, a complete victory for the Allies.  I am in a small town, but the day the Germans quit fighting there were more people in town than I thought would be.  They went wild over here, both the men and women.  It was good to see them happy once more.  All stores and business houses closed.  The people paraded up and down the streets for three days and nights.  A fellow couldn’t walk on the main streets they were so crowded with people.  I was on my way home to camp, I met a parade, or better, a singing, noisy mob, and I could not get by, so I went down the street and got noisy with the rest of them.

The people here think a lot of the Americans.  They say we were the cause of bringing the war to such a sudden and successful end.  It wont be long before we will be going home.  Uncle Sam will get us home as soon as he can.

Winter is setting in and its getting pretty cold.  Little puddles of water freeze over during the night.  They say it gets very cold here in the middle of winter.  We have fires burning night and day to keep warm.  They have just issued us another blanket, making it four blankets now.

You will receive this about Christmas time, so I will close wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Your loving son,


(I do not know if the typist messed up or if perhaps he was called Fred.  Who knows with my people!)


Garden Island Newspaper, “Letters from over there”, 14 Jan 1919, page 2, columns 3 and 4.





Garden Island Newspaper online 1902-1922

I was browsing the Chronicling America website today to see if there was anything new.  They’ve added to the Garden Island Newspaper collection.  It now covers 1902-1922.  The Garden Island Newspaper served the island of Kauai.

I didn’t do very well in the early years.  I suspect most non-Whites (the Portuguese were considered Caucasian but not White in Hawaii up through the 1950s) got much newspaper space in the early years.  That was reserved for the wealthy White land and business owners.

After 1914, there is definitely a switch.  More plantation family stories are included.  Baseball was big on the island and there were several teams.  Lots of little news bits of this family visiting that family.  I found several interesting things on my Pacheco family in Kilauea.

I notice a lack of obituaries, birth, and marriage announcements.  You’d think for such small communities these events would have been noted.  It would be interesting to know what year they are added.

Here’s the link for the Garden Island Newspaper:  Garden Island, 1902-1922


That’s Old News: First Japanese Girl to Graduate

I was searching the Chronicling America collection at Library of Congress Website. They’ve added a few years to their Garden Island Newspaper collection.  The newspaper now covers through 1920.  I didn’t have much luck on the pre-1910 edition, but I expected to do better with these later years.

As I was browsing around I came across an article that caught my interest.  “Kauai Furnished First Japanese Girl to Graduate from Normal”.  Michie Tanaka was born in Lihue on Kauai.  She was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Miyasaki.  She had dreams of being a school teacher.  When she finished sixth grade, her parents moved to Honolulu so that she could go to the Honolulu Normal School and get the education she needed to get her teaching credentials.

Michie became the first Japanese female to graduate from the Honolulu Normal School in 1913.  Then, she was employed as a teacher at Kaahumanu School.

This is the article:

japanese woman pg1

This lovely photo accompanied it:

japanese woman pg2

Source:  Garden Island Newspaper, “Kauai Furnished First Japanese Girl to Graduate from Normal”, 19 Aug 1913, Front Page, column 6.