Memorial to the Men of the Fred C. Baldwin Home

The purpose of this webpage is to tell the story of the retired men who resided at the Fred C. Baldwin Home, and therefore a part of the local history of Maui Island. We hope the information will encourage historians and genealogists to learn more about the story of the people and places of the island.

Fred C. Baldwin Home 1911 and 2011.
Fred C. Baldwin Home 1911 and 2011.
Fred C. Baldwin
The Men of the Fred C. Baldwin Home

In memory of Fred C. Baldwin, a home for aged men was erected. H. P. Baldwin chose to build in Makawao for the mild climate. Old people from all parts of the territory found a home here. The first buildings accommodated forty, a dining room, hospital and auxiliary departments. Additional extensions were built to meet the needs of the time. H. P. Baldwin said, “the site was picked out as a haven for men from the mainland that worked in the islands, but who had no resources and no family to return to when they retired.” Architect Kerr planned for a home like atmosphere with privacy. The initial buildings consisted of four cottages, two with eight rooms and two more of six rooms. There is a general sitting room in each cottage connected with the main building by lanais in a quadrangle system. The main building includes the office, dining room, hospital and auxiliary departments. In the center there was a sun bath, a swimming pool and a pergola. The site of the home was set aside by the Maui Agricultural Company.

The home was opened in 1911 and closed in 1963 due to lack of demand with a population of fifteen men. Some of the residents’ stories were told in the obituary section of the Maui News.

William Dix was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania January 23, 1842. He came to Hawaii in 1889 where he first was a member of the Honolulu mounted police resigning to come to Maui. From 1862 until 1865, Dix was a member of the Third Artillery stationed at Blank Point, Alcatraz. By avocation he was a violin maker.

Another Baldwin Home resident, William J. Robinson, for 13 years a circuit judge in Honolulu, died at Pioneer Mill hospital. The judge was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After law school and passing the bar, he came to Hawaii as United States Commissioner for the U. S. District Court. Between 1902 and 1914, Robinson served as judge of the first circuit court by appointments from presidents Roosevelt and Taft. Later, Judge Robinson was appointed manager of the Law and Abstract Department of the Trent Trust Co., Ltd.

Another Baldwin Home resident to pass away in January of 1947 at Pioneer Mill hospital was Walter Beakbane, one of the territory’s best known steel and copper engravers. He came to Hawaii from St. Helena, Jersey Isles in the English Channel.  In 1902 he was reputed to be the best social engraver and an outstanding artisan. A memorial to Mr. Beakbane exists throughout the islands in the work he created.

Yet another Baldwin Home resident, G. T. Turner, a former tailor and army veteran served in the marine corps during the Hawaiian Rebellion.  In 1903 he joined the first Hawaiian National Guard, rising to the rank of sergeant before his discharge in 1906. He passed away in February of 1939.

George White, a saddler, harness maker, and one of the most picturesque figures of the islands, passed away in May of 1929 at the Baldwin Home and was buried the same afternoon in Makawao Cemetery.

“Realizing that the need for the home was declining, the trustees made arrangements for the conversion to a dormitory because the community could be better served by doing something for boys and teachers of Maunaolu College."

Scandinavian history with Makawao Cemetery

A number of Scandinavians were residents of the Fred C. Baldwin Home (1911-1963). Some were recruited to Hawaii aboard the Beta from Drammen, Norway, in 1881 to work in the sugar industry, but some became dissatisfied with the work conditions and left the islands. Photos from Norwegian Heritage and a link are available.

Scandinavians buried at Makawao Cemetery are: Ole Steenson (Norway), John Anderson (Sweden), Carl G.C. Myhre (Norway), Edward Boe (Norway), Robert Howie (Norway), John Johnson (Norway), Hans P. Johnson (Norway), Martin Larsen (Norway), Andrew Gustafson (Sweden), Hans Per Johnson (Norway), Augustus Wenner (Sweden), and Nils Emil Aars (Norway). Waldemar and Laurensia Hannestad (Norway), Johan Konrad Edwin Hansen (Norway), Rangvald Skaug (Norway) and Tage Holtberg (Sweden) are buried elsewhere, other than the Baldwin Home section, at Makawao Cemetery

Map of the Makawao Cemetery space dedicated to the men of Fred C. Baldwin Home

Alphabetical list of the men from Baldwin Home interred at Makawao Cemetery

1. Aars, Nils Emil (b. in Norway about 1856-d. Sept. 22, 1921)
*Emigrated on the Beta 1880-1881 to work in the sugar industry.
Contract completed at Hitchcock Plantation on Hawaii and then Kekaha Plantation on Kauai. He then moved to Maui. 1900 census: occupation timekeeper.

2. Anderson, John (b. 1840-d. 1934)
1930 U. S. Census status: single
Inmate at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Census: Born in Sweden as were his parents

 

3. Aylward, Richard M. (b. 1863 in Ireland-d. August 11, 1933)

Immigrated to Hawaii 1914, resided in Hana
Illinois; Indian Wars
Pvt. Company E and C, 14th Regiment, U. S. Infantry, enlisted July 16, 1883; Honorable discharge March 22, 1888;  inmate at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

4. Barry, James (b. 1857-d. 1926)
Born in New York City
Resided at the Baldwin Home for Men
1920 Passenger list: immigration list on the Manoa to Hawaii
1881 Passenger list: immigration list on the Bavarian to Boston, Massachusetts

 

5. Bartholf, Tunis W. (b. 1827-d. 1922)
Born in New Jersey as were his parents
Carpenter from New York; Aug. 3, 1894 gained Hawaiian citizenship
Inscribed on grave marker, "Aged 94 years"
Inmate at Fred C. Baldwin Home
1920 U. S. Census status: widowed; cabinet maker

 

6. Beakbane, Walter J. (b. July 18, 1869-d. January, 1947)

KAMAAINA COPPERPLATE ENGRAVER OF HAWAII PASSES FAR FROM HIS JERSEY ISLE BIRTHPLACE WITHOUT KIN (lost contact with his six brothers in England)
St. Helena, Jersey Isles, in the English Channel
Best known steel and copper engraver
1902 came to Territory of Hawaii
Died at Pioneer Mill Hospital, Lahaina;" In 1937 age palsied his clever hands and he was forced to put down his beloved engraving tools" (Maui News)
Resided at the Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home (Maui News)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Beauharnais, Eugene (b. 1860-d. 1954) Age 94 years
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
1930 census: Born in Stockton, California; married
Passenger in 1926 on board ship, Maui
Father from France; mother from New York City

 

8. Behrens, Herman (b. 1856-d. 1945) aged 89 years
Born in Germany
Naturalized U. S. citizen
Inmate of Fred C. Baldwin Home

 

 

9. Thomas Black (b. 1867 in Scotland-d. 1934)
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Maui News 12/3/1904 RESIGNS AS CHIEF ENGINEER KAHULUI RAILROAD

 

10. Boe, Edward (b. Dec. 23, 1871-d. Jan. 18, 1959) 87 years old
Born in Tromheim, Norway; immigrated in 1886; retired carpenter
Gravestone with a resting lamb
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
1900 U. S. Census: brother of Ola H. Boe, single, parents from Norway

 

 11. Burgess, George T. (b. 1841-d. 1935) Aged 94 years
U. S. Census 1910 and 1920; Carpenter
Born in Canada (father from England and mother from Ireland)
1870 Immigrated to Hawaii
1899 citizen of Hawaii
Widowed; Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

12.  Cameron, James M. (b. Jan. 3, 1852-d. Nov. 18, 1926)
Born in Scotland as were both parents
1920 U. S Census: Divorced; occupation: retired
Lodger at Fred. C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Masonic symbol on grave marker

 

13. Campbell, John (b. 1850-d. 1930) Age 80 years
1930 Census: Born in Ireland as were his parents
Immigrated in 1901 to the Territory of Hawaii
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

14. Campbell, William R. (b. in Ireland 1864-d. 1936) aged 72 years
Widowed: Sarah Namakaeha Campbell (?undocumented)
1890 Immigrated to the Territory of Hawaii
1898 in charge of Hana Plantation
Resident of the Fred. C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

15. Coffee, John C. (b. Florence, Alabama 1844-d.  Paia, Maui 1916) Age 72 years
Son of Andrew Jackson and Elizabeth Coffee
(Grandfather possibly) John Coffee (1772-1733) served under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812 and founded the city of Florence, Alabama. He married Elizabeth Donelson, niece of President Jackson and Rachel Jackson
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Home

 

 

 

 

 

16. Cook, John (b. June 14, 1824-d. Jan. 31, 1916) Age 92
Inscribed: "Rest in Peace" beneath an olive branch
Maui News Obituary: "At Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home, Paia, Maui on January 30, 1916, John Cook a native of Deptford, England born June 14, 1824, pioneer in California and resident of Hawaii for 71 years, age 92, was buried at the Makawao Cemetery on Jan. 31, 1916."

 

17. Cook, William C. 
Aged 92 years

 

18.  Dickson, William (b. 1870-d. 1937)
son of John Dickson and Hannah Trail
Married Nov. 29, 1919 to Evelyn Mahoe
daughter of Charles and Hattie Makekau
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

 19. Dix, William (b. January 23, 1842 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania-d. 1926) aged 84 years
Born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania
Third Artillery 1862-1865 stationed at Black Point, Alcatraz
Arrived in Hawaii in 1889. First a member of the Honolulu Mounted Police
Violin maker by avocation

 

20. Franck, Carl Julius (b. 1864-d. 1946)
Born in Germany
1890 Immigrated to Hawaiian Islands
Dec. 30,1922: Naturalized U. S. citizen
1910: U.S. Census resided on Kauai
Inmate at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

21. Gray, Edward Walter  (b. Feb. 2, 1874 Fowler, Adams County, Illinois-d. 1957)
Immigrated 1928
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Home
Parents: Dr.(Rev.)George Washington Gray of the Forward Movement (An endeavor to enlighten and encourage a renewal in the Episcopal Church) and Sarah Boys Gray

 

22. Gustafson, Andrew (b. 1851-d. 1929)
Born in Sweden
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

23. Howell, Richard (b. 1872-d. 1937)
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

24. Howie, Robert (b. 1852-d. 1941)
Born in Norway
Parents born in Scotland
Widowed; Naturalized U. S. citizen
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

25. Ingersol, Robert (b. 1859 in Indiana-d. 1936

Parents from Ohio
Widowed; occupation, driver
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

26. Johanson, John  Adams (b. 1855 est.-d. June 22, 1917)
Died aged 62 years

Hawaii Deaths and Burials: est. birth 1852
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

 27. Johnson, Hans Per (b. in Norway 1847-d. April 7, 1917)
Aged 70 years
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home for Men

 

28. Johnson, John (b. 1844-d. 1929)
Born in Norway as were both his parents
Immigrated in 1881 aboard the Beta
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

Married Maren Johnson

 

 

29.  Kain, Roderic (b. 1843-d. 1921)
Born in Ireland as were both parents
1865 Immigrated
1910 U. S. Census status: single
Aged 78 years
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

30. Kypta, Maty Luzo  ( b. 1865- d. Sept 7, 1915) Age 50
Resident Fred C.Baldwin Home
maybe from Germany/Czechoslovakia (undocumented as borders changed)

 

31. Larsen, Martin (b. 1846-d. 1936) age 90 years
1920 U. S. Census: Born in Norway as were his parents
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

 32. Lind, John (b. 1880-d. 1962)
Born in Scotland as were his parents
1910 Immigrated to Territory of Hawaii
1940 U. S. Census: widower; wife named Helen Lind
Inmate of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

33. Lockwood, Douglas Howell (b. April 12, 1886-d. Sept. 22, 1964)
Born in California
Served in Hawaii
Pvt. Sup. Co., 1 Hawaiian Infantry; World War I
1942 Draft registration for World War II in Lahaina
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home for Men

 

 34. Logan, Edwin J. (b. 1837 in Canada-d. 1934) age 97 years old
Immigrated in 1894
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

35. McConchie, Peter (b. in Ayrshire, Scotland, 1873-d. 1931) aged 58 years
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Home; single on census
1898 immigrated; occupation: laborer/odd jobs

 

36. McHardy, James  (b. 1869-d. 1942)
Born in Scotland
Naturalized United States citizen
1940 U.S. Census status: single
Inmate of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

37. McLeod, Robert T. (b. 1869 in London,England-d. 1932) aged 63 years

Immigration in 1920 on "Matsonia" to Territory of Hawaii
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

 38. McMichael, W. A. (b. est.1847-d. Dec. 2,1915)
Aged 68

 

39. Merrifield, C. F.  (b. 1844-d. 1924) Aged 80 years
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Hawaii, Special Rights of Citizenship Certificates

 

40. Mitchell, Charles J. (b. 1865 in England-d. 1939)
Born in England as were his parents
Immigrated 1897
Widowed; Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

41. Myhre, Carl G. C. (b. 1851-d. 1932)
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Born in Norway as were both his parents
Widowed; 1930 U. S. Census: Immigrated in 1880

 

42. Nott, Thomas (b. 1867-d. 1937)
Born in Brooklyn, New York (or possibly New Jersey); parents from England
1881 Immigrated
abt. 1890 Married Ayata Dorian (parents from France) Nott
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
July 23, 1894 naturalized citizenship

  43. Pryce, T. (Thomas) W. (b. 1839-d. 1921)
Aged 82 years; occupation hack driver
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
1910 Census: widowed, born in Wales, immigrated in 1889
son: Thomas E. Pryce

 

 44. Rees, David (Davy) R. (b. 1854-d. 1923) aged 69 years
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

45. Robinson, William J. (b. 1868-d. 1942) JURIST DIES AT LAHAINA ON MONDAY
Born in Cleveland, Ohio; Employed as a clerk for an Oakland attorney
Came to Hawaii United States Commissioner for the U. S. District Court
1902-1914 Judge of the First Circuit 77Court by appointments from Presidents Roosevelt and Taft; Member of the BPOE Hawaiian Tribe 1; Improved Order of Red Men Damien Council No. 563 Y.M.I.
Manager of the Abstract Department of the Trent Trust Co., Ltd.
Resided at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Died at Pioneer Mill Hospital, Lahaina (Maui News)

 

 

46. Sheridan, James (b. 1831 in Ireland-d. 1922) aged 91 years
Born in Ireland as were both parents
1920 Census: single
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

47. Spies(s), Bruno S. (b. 1866-d. 1933)
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
1930 Immigration to Territory of Hawaii
Possibly born in Austria(undocumented)

 

48. Spooner, Herbert Clinton (b. 1873-d. 1941)
Born in Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Feb. 25, 1905 married Olive Duane in Seattle, Washington
1940 U. S. Census: widowed
Resident of Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

 49. Steenson, Ole (b. 1851-d. 1928)
aka Ole Steenbon (mispelled on some lists)
Inmate at Baldwin Home at the time of his death, age 77 years.
Maybe from Norway. unconfirmed.

 

 50. Streeter, Frank W.  (b. 1861 in California-d. 1949)
AKA Frank Streater
1940 Federal Census: Widowed at 79, living in the Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Married to Laura Streeter until her death

 

 51. Turner, George T. (b. in London, England 1868-d. Feb. 11, 1939)
Hawaii; Former Honolulu tailor
Pvt. U. S. Marine Corps (pension application) during Hawaiian Rebellion
Enlisted Sept. 21, 1891; Discharged Sept. 20, 1896
1903-1906 Hawaiian National Guard rose in rank to Sgt.
worked as a tailor
1930 Census: widowed
Christian cross on marker; Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Home
(Maui News)

 52. Van Burch, Albert A. (b. Mar. 25, 1870 Renesslair, New York-d. 1952)
1911 Immigrated
Inmate of the Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

 53. Varena, E. C.
Aged 70 years
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Home

 

54. Wanrell, Joaquin Sastre (b. 1861-d. Jan. 22, 1955) on gravestone
B. August 29, 1866 in obituary
Born in Spain; naturalized U. S. citizen
Widowed; 1940 U. S. census: occupation radio singer
gravestone has a resting lamb inscribed
Lodger at Fred S. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

55. Wax, Harris (b. 1871-d. 1957)
Born in Russia; arrived from Warsaw
1902 July 31, immigrated from Canada to USA
Naturalized U. S. citizen
11/6/1943 SELLS STORE TO H. FONG (Maui News)
Gravestone engraved with Star of David and resting lamb
Inmate at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home

 

 

 

56. Wenner, Augustus (b. 1843 est.- d. Apr. 10, 1914) Aged 70 years
Possibly born in Sweden; brother of William Mellitz Wenner,
jeweler to Hawaiian royalty, located on Fort St., Honolulu
Hawaii, Wills and Probate records 1822-1962
Lodger at Fred. C. Baldwin Home

 

57. White, George (b. 1841 in England-d. 1929) aged 88 years
AKA George Whyte; saddler and harness maker; "He lived on every island and while actively engaged in his trade was considered the best in the territory"
Born in England as were his parents. Resident of Hawaii for over 50 years.
Widowed
1920 Census: Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Home

 

58. Wyman, James Gilmore  (b. 1841-d. Jan. 30, 1916)
Born in Lincoln; a native of Phipsburg, Maine, birth country is U S A
Lodger at Fred C. Baldwin Memorial Home
Immigrated in 1911-12

 

1920 Census: Additional lodgers at the Fred C. Baldwin Home not found at Makawao Cemetery 

Bergerson, Hartvig (b. 1850 in Norway; widowed)

wife is Inga Larsen (d. 1899)

1882: Wedding attended by Ms. Isabella Renwick on April 15, 1892.

Settling the estate of Inga Bergerson.

dau. M. W. M. Bergersen, aged 6 (b. 1884)

 

Bischoff, Joseph (b. 1835 in Germany)

 

Cuckoo, William (b. 1832 in England; widowed)

Glore, Gordon (b. 1845 in Randolph County, Illinois)

1860 census: living with George and Nancy Glore (aged 70 years); farm laborer

1850 census: mother, Mare, brother Alonzo and sister, Margaret; grandmother, Margaret

1910 census: resident of Napoopoo, Hawaii; div.; employed as a farmer in horticulture on own

 

Johnson, George J. (b. 1848 in Sweden-d. 1924) buried at O'ahu Cemetery with wife

Married to Carolina Nelsson on March 29, 1884

 

McLain, John (b. 1843 in Ireland) blacksmith; 1910 census: parents from Scotland; 1872 Married to Mary Daley McLain and daughters: Nellie, Catherine, Jennie and Sadie McLain. Wife and dau buried at O'ahu Cemetery

 

(O')Flynn, Charles (b. 1864 in Ireland-d.1930) buried at Diamond Head Memorial Park

Charles Flynn found living in Pahala, on Big Island

 

Rhodes, George H. (b. 1860 in Missouri)


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2 Comments

  1. Henry Meyer
    June 29, 2020

    Susie, You have done a beautiful job creating this website. HM

  2. Valerie (Johnson) Freeman
    July 25, 2020

    I believe Charles J. Mitchell is my GG Grandfather. How can I get more information about him?

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