1966 Yap and the Outer Islands… A Photo Journal

In the next week I will be publishing the pictures and excerpts from my mom and my uncles if I can get them to tell their story as well.


In 1961, my mother, Su Rowe Tucker, moved to Pahala, on the Big Island where her father and mother (My Grandparents) Dr. P.E. (Ted) Rowe and Elizabeth (Betty) Rowe were the Physician/Surgeon for the private Pahala Hospital run by C. Brewer Corp.

In 1965, Dr. Rowe (my grandfather) was hired for two years by the US Federal Government to run the Yap Hospital from 1965 to 1967.  In 1966, my mom and my two uncles, Bob and Mike Rowe, went to visit them in Yap.

My Uncle in the back and my mom the white lady enjoy a “Kodak Moment” (© Damon Tucker)

A Chief (© Damon Tucker)

House on the Water (© Damon Tucker)

10 Responses

  1. I am working on a historic preservation plan for the state of Yap and would love to include some of the photos that you’ve posted in the plan, as examples of traditional culture circa 1960s. Also, the Yap State Historic Preservation Office may be interested in copies for its historic collections. Great stories of that time!

  2. In 1967 I was hit by a motorcycle in Yap. It is likely your grandfather treated me at the hospital.

  3. Is it possible that Dr Perry Rowe and Elisabeth Rowe were from the Friday Harbor WA area and prior to that, Everett WA? If so, are they still alive?
    The islands and people are beautiful and many thanks for providing the information. Best
    Alt email is ranney.adams@edwards.af.mil

    • Yes, my grandparents lived in Friday Harbor and Everett.

      Unfortunately both have passed away. My Grandmother in the early 90’s and my grandfather late 90’s.

      They lived a very fulfilling life.

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