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HA-321916.pdf
In 1916, a Chicago group called the Bachelor Girls’ Social Culture Club, offered to purchase Palmyra from then owner Henry Cooper, to use as a colony for women only.

The article details the intentions and details of the group, and is a fascinating…

Date: 1916-03-21

HA-7291917.pdf
A short but wonderful piece dictating a conversation between an old sea captain called Captain Blanchard, and an unnamed reporter at the Honolulu Advertiser. Blanchard was a colorful character, and well know in the maritime community around…

Date: 1917-07-29

HA-9281921.pdf
Great article discussing the aerial survey of Palmyra in 1921, and featuring some great photographs from the trip, including the first one we've discovered of the plane used to take the photos.

Includes some unique details, like the model of plane…

Date: 1921-09-09

clipping_8296655.pdf
Describes the daily life and trials of a couple and single man living on Palmyra, working to establish a copra plantation. Includes various details about visiting ships, living conditions, and a letter from Mrs. Meng to a friend.

Date: 1921-10-04

HSB-1011921.pdf
This interesting and extensive article describes the voyage and work of the cargo ship US Eagle 40's crew while on an aerial photography mission to Palmyra. Included is a spread of photographs from the trip, showing the wildlife, scenery, crew, and…

Date: 1921-10-10

HonoluluAdvertiser-5-5-1922.pdf
This article outlines the sailing plans and crew of the sampan Palmyra, a gasoline powered fishing vessel designed to make a fast journey to and from Palmyra.

This was the first attempt by its new owners, the Fullard-Leo's, to make a profit from…

Date: 1922-05-05

HA-841922.pdf
This is part 1 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. Here he describes how large game fish are caught aboard a typical sampan fishing vessel. This particular event took place at Kingman Reef, on the…

Date: 1922-08-04

HonoluluAdvertiser-8-9-1922.pdf
This is part 2 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. It describes, in colorful detail, several methods for dealing with sharks while wading on reefs like those at Palmyra.

Thurston owned the…

Date: 1922-08-09

HA-8121922.pdf
This is part 3 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This colorful account describes a wrestling match between a young local, Teddy Dranga, and a large Tuna they hoped to have for dinner. …

Date: 1922-08-12

HA-1081922.pdf
This is part 4 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This true "fish story", describes young crew member Teddy Dranga's fight with a giant eel, who had swallowed the fish, that had swallowed Teddy's…

Date: 1922-10-08

HonoluluStarBulletin 4-14-1923.pdf
In depth article discussing the legend of the pirate ship Esperanza, and the origins of the story. Covers details rarely found in other sources of the legend, including a direct connection between the evidence and original papers describing it, and…

Date: 1923-04-14

HonoluluAdvertiser-9-6-1924.pdf
This long and thorough article chronicles the Whippoorwill expedition of 1923, which took a group of scientists across the Line Islands to study local plant and animal life, as well as speak with local populations (of the few which had…

Date: 1924-10-06

Honolulu Star Bulletin - 2-17-1940.pdf
Describes the legend and confirmed details of the wreck of the Esperanza and its survivors. Also gives a general history of Palmyra, mentioning some of the scientific expeditions.

Date: 1940-02-17

TFTN-321943.pdf
Brief but unique account from 1943, about a contractor named M.R. "Slim" Gooding, who worked on Palmyra's initial Navy construction projects. It describes a desk he built for his wife, and had shipped back to his home in Gooding, Idaho, along with…

Date: 1943-3-2

CumberlandNews-1-6-1947.pdf
Brief account of a storm over the Pacific that caused an evacuation scare on Palmyra. This occurred during a brief period after the Navy in 1945 but the facilities were largely still in place.

Families working under the CAA (forerunner to the…

Date: 1947-01-06

Evening Independent 9-7-1947.png
Article describing how a HAM operator and a nurse saved the life of a crash survivor on Palmyra, from 6,000 miles away.

Date: 1947-07-09

Brownsville Herald (Texas) 5-20-1948.pdf
Article describing a small colony living on Palmyra soon after it was handed back to the original owners, who succesfully sued the Navy for control. Describes the number of people living there, and their being employed by the Civil Aeronautics…

Date: 1948-05-20

SanAntonioExpress-10-16-1958.pdf
A brief mention of Otto Hornung's life and death. His name in the article is misspelled as "Horning". Otto live on Palmyra several times throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and is mentioned in a variety of articles, military correspondence and…

Date: 1958-10-16

PressDemocrat-10-5-1961.pdf
This brief account details plans for a resort to be built on Palmyra. This is not the first account of someone trying to establish such an enterprise on Palmyra, but it is the first serious and documented effort since the Naval occupation.

Date: 1961-10-05

OaklandTribune-1-31-1962.pdf
Fun little piece describing an upcoming eclipse and planetary alignment. Mentions astronomers being present on Palmyra to view the event, where the eclipse would be total and all five planets in the alignment visible to the naked eye.

Date: 1962-01-31

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