Frederick Krauss, and the family connection to Hawaii
|Painting of Krauss home built around 1910, by local artist Donna.|
My existence in Hawaii comes in pulses. People in Utah know we visit Hawaii with regularity... conversations often start with "Have you been to Hawaii recently?" Our friends in Hawaii exclaim, "You're back!"
|Manoa Valley, 1900. Note the extensive taro and rice fields.|
|The Manoa home is seen in the upper left corner of this 1954 photo, now on display in the Manoa Library.|
|Caroline never rests. She is in the process of repainting the Manoa house.|
In 1936, Professor Krauss retired as director of the University of Hawaii Agriculture Extension Service. I came across a newspaper article written at his retirement, stating that he planned to write a book on the topic "life begins at 66." "I should like to see the time when everyone retires at 55," he said. "There is so much to fill the years after retirement. I feel that every hour of every day hereafter will be important, for there are just an allotted number left, and I want to make the most of them." Alas, I don't believe he completed this project. Maybe Caroline and I will finish this project for him!
I did find an article, dated 1960, when he was 90 years old, where he shared some tidbits of a good life. "Growing old gracefully is a difficult art, especially for a farmer who wants to be close to mother earth." He had suffered a stroke the previous year. The article continued, "Go into a field that you love. Your success depends on your love for your work. Farming has never been a drudgery for me, but a pleasure." He also delighted in telling people about his super food - a bowl of oatmeal every morning.
He was always the champion of Hawaiians, receiving the Order of Ke Ali'i Pauahi honor from Kamehameha Schools in 1959. He died in 1962, at the age of 92, hailed as the "father of diversified agriculture in Hawaii." His death rated an editorial in the Star-Bulletin newspaper, titled "He loved the soil."
Caroline's great-grandmother, "Mrs. Frederick (maiden name inserted here) Krauss," died the year before Frederick. As a sign of the times, her obituary focused on her husband and her children, but it did mention a great-granddaughter named Caroline!
If you are familiar with the UH Manoa campus, you may have been in Krauss Hall. It's named after Frederick Krauss, Caroline's great-grandfather.
"Student Support Services is located in Krauss Hall room 114. Krauss Hall is located along Dole Street, across the UHM law library. Krauss Hall originally housed the Pineapple Research Institute, which conducted much of the scientific study of the domestication of the pineapple for commercial production. (The building is on the Historic Hawai‘i Register of Historic Sites)."
|Caroline "raking THE leaf" in Manoa... a royal palm frond.|
|Front yard view.|
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