Parker Ranch. Lands, deeds, papers, maps, etc. [compiled by] Robert S. Van Wyke, for J.M. Monsarrat. Honolulu: Hawaiian Title and Abstract Company, 1900
Folio (12 ½ x 8 in.; 318 x 204 mm.). 266 leaves typescript, a few pen-and-ink outline maps, signed at the end “J. I. Brown” manager, marginal and interlinear additions in red or black ink; occasional foxing, mended tear in fore-edge of title, a few edge tears. Brown cloth, gold-stamped title on spine.
Because John Palmer Parker III died in 1894 without reaching seniority, he failed to inherit the estate of his grand-uncle John Palmer Parker II (who was his adoptive grandfather, making him next in line). His widow gave up her half share of the estate to their child Annie Thelma Parker. Alfred Wellington Carter (1867-1949) was asked to become legal guardian of Annie Thelma in 1899, a role to which he brought dedication and devotion, giving up a lucrative law career, an executive career with Bishop Bank, and posts as deputy attorney general and judge of the First Circuit Court. He implemented a wide range of policies to improve the cattle yield of the ranch which included improvement of the herd, establishing a reliable water supply, and converting land from lease to fee, giving rise to conflicts with Sam Parker Sr., who owned the other half of the estate.
The present volume is a compendium of deeds, leases, and maps of the Parker Ranch land holdings in 1900 prepared by the Hawaiian Title and Abstract Company. James Melville Monsarrat was a renowned lawyer in Honolulu, but it is unclear whether he was working for A.W. Carter or Sam Parker in compiling this compendium.
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