Tuesday, August 15, 1967












HONOLULU -- Harrison Alexander Matsinger, the first high school teacher American Samoa, died Saturday in Kaiser Hospital. He was 71.


Matsinger and his wife, Dorothy, came to American Samoa in 1946 at the invitation of the U.S. Navy to establish the first high school in the territory.


The Matsingers visited American Samoa several months ago at the invitation of their former students. Upon returning to Honolulu, Matsinger told a news reporter: “The Samoans are conscientious students and hard workers. Many of them show great native ability for learning.”


“The problem in Samoa,” he added, “is similar to that all over the Pacific.” The question has been asked: ‘Why educate these people? They are happy as they are.’


“It is true they are happy and contented,” he continued,” but conditions are changing rapidly throughout the Pacific.”


Matsinger came to Hawaii in 1942 after teaching math in China and the Philippines for 10 years. He taught mathematics at Iolani School, a private school in Honolulu, for several years. He was also principal of Leilehua High school on Oahu.


He is survived by his wife, and two brothers.




American Samoa seems headed for itS wettest August in the eight-year history of weather records at the Tafuna Weather Bureau.

Up to 9 o’clock this morning, a total of 11.97 inches of rain had fallen this month at Tafuna. And ll.97 inches of that total has come down in the last week.


The record August rainfall was that of 1962 when 12.03 inches was recorded at Tafuna.


Nearly l 3/4 inches of rain fell yesterday and more than one inch of that pelted down from 1 to 6 o’clock yesterday afternoon, making driving difficult for homeward— bound motorists.


Meteorological Technician Jim Hyder at the Weather Bureau noted that the vagaries of American Samoan weather is producing records in both directions.


January, with a rainfall of 6.97, and March, with a total of 4.95, were both record low months for rainfall. As if to make up for it, old Jupe Pluvius opened wide the faucet in April. The April rainfall total of 24.46 inches made it the second wettest month on record.


March, 1961 is the wettest month in the record book at Tafuna. That month saw a total rainfall of 28.65 inches.





A new assistant attorney general is scheduled to arrive today. He is Marcus Sisk, a cum laud(with distinction) graduate of Harvard Law School and a former trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.


Sisk is one of two new assistant attorneys general that are being added to the staff of Attorney General Charles Habernigg. The other new assistant will arrive Friday morning.


“These two new men are being added to the staff to help process the mounting volume of legal work that has been added to the Attorney General’s Office in the last few years,” Habernigg said today.


Before entering Harvard LaW School, Sisk graduated magna cum laude(with great distinction) from Stanford University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honorary society and the varsity basketball team. He haS since tried cases for the U.S. Justice Department under the noted civil rights lawyer John Dear. His moST recent position was that of attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency that intervenes in labor disputes.

Sisk and his wife, Sue Ellen, will live in Malaloa.




The Boy Scouts of American Samoa report that about 90 tickets have been sold so far for the Governor’s Ball Friday night. The maximum tickets to be sold will be 125 (one ticket per couple), according to Napoleen Tuitelealeapaga.


The dance will be held in the Tafuna Air Force Cafeteria, from 9 p.m. to 1 am. Tickets are $10 per couple, and all proceeds will go to the Boy Scouts of American Samoa.


Tuiteleleapaga said free bottles of champagne will be given to the best dressed couple, the best dancing couple, and the couple with the lucky ticket. A free bottle will also be given to Governor and Mrs. Aspinall.  The family of Herb and Sia Scanlan will provide entertainment at the ball, which is formal.


Tickets may be purchased from Tuiteleleapaga, Robert Opelle, Gus Annesley or Tui Chanel.





Don Pegues, district traffic sales manager for Pan American Airways, was elected president of the newly formed American Samoa Chamber of Commerce at a directors meeting yesterday held at the Pago Pago Inter—Continental Hotel.


Elected to serve with the new president first vice president Gene Hill of NOANOA Import/Export; second vice president Gus Annesley of HoChing-Annesley, treasurer Cliff Horsman, manager, Bank of American Samoa and secretary, Keith Landrigan, manager, Bottling Corporation of American Samoa.


At the general membership meeting held. last Thursday, the following were elected to the Board of Directors: Don Pegues, Gene Kill, Gus Annesley, Cliff Horsman, Keith Landrigan, John Hamilton*, William Beaver, Ron Pritchard, Jr., H. “Popeye.” Thomsen, Vernon “Bud” Wright, Frank Swett, Jr., Dick Holloway and Ale Suiava.


Named to the executive committee of the Chamber, in addition to the president, vice presidents and treasurer, were Ron Pritchard, Jr., and Dick Holloway.


The directors of the chamber have called a general membership meeting at noon Thursday, in the dining room of the Inter—Continental Hotel, at which time bylaws will be adopted and committee preferences will be stated by the membership.


All interested persons are urged to attend.





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