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::: Island of Maui Postmarks, Part 4 - Spreckelsville to Wailuku :::

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Spreckelsville, Wailuku District
named for Claus Spreckels, the "Sugar King" of Hawaii
1883-1900
Postmasters: George C. Williams (1884-1887), Hugh Morrison (1888-1890), W. Barclay (1890), H. Morrison (1890-1891), H. Center (1891-1894), D. Center (1894-1896), G. M. Boote (1897-1898) and W. J. Lowrie (1899-1900). Stamps sales in 1884-1885 were about $117 annually. Stamp sales in 1898 were $240.

Located on the isthmus and site of the major Spreckels sugar operation on Maui. Construction of the sugar mill and planting were underway in 1880. Postal affairs were conducted as an adjunct to the plantation store. Mail service was mostly by the Kahului Railroad, which passed through Spreckelsville.

281.01
29mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Scarcity: 4
Usage: March __, 1885 - __, 1894
In December, 1886, the device was described as "much defaced and obliterated." Most strikes lack a year and the entire date often is weak. Late strikes are worn. Noted with unclear date on Scott No. 78 issued in February, 1894.
Nine strikes are in my collection.

Spreckelsville 281_01 26Jan94

January 26, 1894

Spreckelsville 281_01 44

Date missing

Spreckelsville 281_01 30Sep U2 1200

September 30, 1887

259.04
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Red
Estimated: 5
Usage: January __, 1890 September __, 1894
Noted on favor bisects and on fake overprinted envelopes.

Spreckelsville 259_04 5Aug93

August 5, 1893

282.011
33mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Red, Black, Blue
Estimated: 8
Usage: November __, 1894 June 12, 1900

Spreckelsville 282_011 12Jun00

June 12, 1900

Torbertsville, Makawao District
named for an early planter
1856-1859
Probably a postal agency rather than a post office, located at Ulupalakua. No postmark is known.

Ulupalakua, Makawao District
"breadfruit ripening" as on the back of a carrier [Pukui]; "ripe breadfruit ridge" [Davey]
1859-1900
Postmasters: Jas. Makee (1858-1879), Mrs. Makee (1879-1881), J. J. Halstead (1884-1887; listed as acting in 1884, but the note was dropped by 1886), Mrs. Charlotte Halstead (1887-1889), C. W. Wilcox (1889-1890), C. A. Buchanan (1890-1892), Leonard Parrish (1892-1894) and W. W. K. Apua (1894-1900). Stamp sales in 1884-1885 were about $17 annually. Stamp sales in 1898 were $90.

Site of cattle ranches, best known by the legendary Rose Ranch and later the Raymond Ranch; earlier site of the Torbert plantation. Ulupalakua is located in upland Kula on the slopes of Haleakala and was a stop on the overland carrier route. Mail service also was provided directly from the port of Makena.

801
Ulupalakua
manuscript
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 31
One strike, on cover, is in my collection.

Ulupalakua ms 31a

Ulupalakua

281.011
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple
Rarity: 1RRRR, three strikes recorded
Usage: August 31, 1894 May __, 1895
One strike, on cover, is in my collection.

Ulupalakua 281_011 31Aug94 detail 300

Aug. 31, 1894

254.02
__mm double lined circle [it should be about 28mm]
Color: ?
Rarity: 1RRRR
Usage: March __, 1898
This mark is considered tentative at this time.

no image available

Waiakoa, Makawao District
"water used by warrior" [Pukui]; "Koa's water" [Davey]
1893-1900
Postmasters: Mr. Naaieono (1893-1894) and J. S. Nishwitz (1894-1900). Stamp sales in 1898 were unrecorded but the postmaster was alloted a salary of $5.

Located in upland Makawao.

255.01
29mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Black
Rarity: 1RRR; seven strikes recorded
Usage: June __, 1899 - January 3, 1900 [the April date on the upper image shows the usage period either started earlier or ended later]
One strike is in my collection.

Waiakoa 255_01 26Apr_

April __

Waiakoa 255_01 Peters

Courtesy of Gary Peters

Waihee, Wailuku District
"squid slime" [Pukui]; "water of flight" [Davey]
1872-1878; 1891-1900
Postmasters: T. H. Paris (1875-1876), C. B. Wells (1891-1893), C. M. Walton (1893-1894), W. H. Campbell (1895-1898) and W. G. Ogg (1899-1900). Stamp sales in 1898 were unrecorded and no salary was alloted for the postmaster.

Site of the Waihee Sugar Co. plantation in the northeast corner of West Maui. In 1888, the population of Waihee was estimated at 300 people.

237.527
29mm single lined circle
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RRRR; five strikes recorded
Usage: June 29, 1871 to December __, 1876
One strike, on cover, is in my collection.

Waihee 237_03

December __, 1876

Wailuku, Wailuku District
"water of destruction"
1854-1900
Postmasters: Ed. W. Bailey (1854-1859), J. D. Havercost (1859-1866), W. F. Mossman (1866-1878), J. H. Hare (1878-1880), James W. Girven (1880-___), Ed. H. Bailey (1883-1887) and W. A. McKay (1887-1900). Until 1859, the post office here was unofficial. Havercost was the first official postmaster and ran the office from his store. McKay was doing the real postal work of the office from 1883 and Mrs. McKay assisted from 1898. In 1868, stamp sales were about $35 per quarter and in the years 1884-1885, they were about $475 annually and the postmaster was paid $600 annually. Stamp sales at Wailuku in 1898 amounted to $1,137.60 and the postmaster was paid a salary of $75.

A mission station was opened at Wailuku in 1833 and a girl's school there in the 1830's and 1840's was reopened in the 1870's. Wailuku had a general store in the 1850's and a boarding house by the 1870's. In his Hawaiian Guide Book of 1875, Henry Whitney described Wailuku as a place of considerable importance." Notably, four significant sugar plantations were in the immediate vicinity of Wailuku. When the sugar planting craze of the 1870's propelled Wailuku to the forefront of Maui towns the administrative, social and commercial centers of Maui shifted to Wailuku. In 1888, Wailuku had two general stores. Mail service was from the landings on Maalaea Bay or by the overland service from Lahaina. A carriage road connected most of central Maui by the 1860's. In 1879, the Kahului Railroad connected Wailuku with the new port at Kahului. In 1877, Charles Dickey of Haiku connected Wailuku and Haiku by telephone and by 1880, the line crossed the mountain to Lahaina. In 1880, Wailuku was estimated to have 50-60 commercial establishments along its streets.

215
oval
Color: Bluish-Green
Rarity: 1RRR; six strikes are recorded
Usage: May 20, 1869 July 26, 1872
Two strikes, both backstamps on cover, are in my collection.

Wailuku 212 20May69

May 20, 1869

Wailuku 212 16Feb70

February 16, 1870

238.02
30mm single lined circle; note the long comma after Wailuku
Color: Black
Scarcity: 2
Usage: August 2, 1879 September __, 1883
An 1883 strike is noted on the 5 ultramarine Scott No. 39.
Four strikes, all on cover, are in my collection.

Wailuku 238_02 7May81

May 7, 1881

285.012
36mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; the outer circle was either worn or cut off after mid-1884; year often is weak or missing
Color: Black
Scarcity: 2
Usage: September 21, 1883 January __, 1885
Style 277.012 is included with 285.012 because the same device made both. Nineteen strikes, including four covers, are in my collection; they are about evenly divided between double outer circles and single outer circles.

Wailuku 285_012 5Jan84

January 5, 1884
double outer circle

Wailuku 285_012 8Aug84 single

August 8, 1884
single outer circle

281.01 (I)
31mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; inner circle is 16mm diameter and town letters are 4mm tall
Color: Black
Estimated: 5
Usage: December __, 1884 August __, 1887

Wailuku 281_01 (I) 17Sep86

September 17, 1886

Wailuku 281_01 (I) 3Sep86

September 3, 1886

281.01 (II)
31mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; inner circle is 18mm diameter and town letters are about 4mm tall by 5.5mm wide and heavily serifed; year is smudged; WAILUKU and MAUI are spread wider than in type I
Color: Black
Scarcity: 4
Usage: April __, 1885 - November 6, 1885 but there are strikes dated in November with no year date.
Six strikes, one on cover, are in my collection.

Wailuku 281_01 (II) 29Apr85

April 29, 1885

282.01 (I)
34mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; town letters ar 3.7mm tall; separation between inner circle and outer circle is 5mm
Color: Black
Scarcity: 4
Usage: September __, 1887 July __, 1888
Six strikes, two on cover, are in my collection

Wailuku 282_01 (I) 16Nov87

November 16, 1887

282.01 (II)
33mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; town letters ar 3.4mm tall; separation between inner circle and outer circle is 5.5mm; the dater is oriented sideways in some strikes
Color: Purple, Blue
Estimated: 6
Usage: October 7, 1888 June __, 1893
This mark is found on the Wailuku "Paid" stampless covers (See Rate Marks in Service Marks); blue is noted in early strikes to at least December, 1888.

Wailuku 282_01 (II) 14Dec88

December 14, 1888


Wailuku 282_01 (II) 18Nov89

November 18, 1889


Wailuku 282_01 (II) 22Aug90

August 22, 1890

281.011
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 9
Usage: January 16, 1892 February __, 1897
Purple strikes are noted to at least October, 1892; black from about June, 1893 to at least December, 1893; purple from about October, 1894 to 1896

Wailuku 281_011 21Jun93

June 21, 1893

Wailuku 281_011 22 Oct92

October 22, 1892

235.01
27mm single lined circle; outer circle is broken on both sides in all of my strikes; the year date rarely printed (if ever)
Color: Purple
Estimated: 5
Usage: __, 1894 - __, 1895
This mark is a puzzle to me because it appears to have had a heavy philatelic use and is often found on large blocks of overprinted stamps generally unavailable for ordinary postal use. All of my strikes showing any date at all are dated October 20, __. I wonder whether this mark was in actual use or was a philatelic concoction.

Wailuku 235_01 20 Oct

October 20, __
on a block of 10

281.02
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; inner circle is faint or missing on late strikes
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 9
Usage: March __, 1897 May 18, 1900

Wailuku 281_02 15 Oct98

October 15, 1898

253.01
27mm double lined circle
Color: Purple
Estimated: 6
Usage: November 18, 1899 June 2, 1900

Wailuku 253_01 EKU Peters

November 18, 1899
Courtesy of Gary Peters

Wailuku 253_01 2Feb00

February 2, 1900

Wailuku 253_01 28May 00

May 28, 1900

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