Frederick Bee History Project

See page 82 of Lagaga: A Short History of Western Samoa

Daily Alta California, Volume 28, Number 7916, 26 November 1871
Description of Samoa

Letters written by J B M Stewart
Courtesy of Cole Family Papers from UCLA Library

Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company articles of incorporation

Transcription of Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company articles of incorporation

"The Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company"
and we hereby certify, That the objects for which the Corporation is formed, are:
The purchase and acquisition of lands on the Navigator Islands, and the cultivation, sale, lease or otherwise disposal of the same. The formation of a Coaling Station, for the U. S., N. Z., & H. Mail Steamship Line in accordance with letters of agreement between W. H. Webb and J.B. M. Stewart and the establishment of a Central Polynesia Depot to be connected with the various groups of islands in the South Pacific.

James Neylan was affiliated with A. Gorman & Co.
Collie, Stewart & Co. was located at 38 California Street.
George Collie's residence was Australia. J. B. M. Stewart's residence was Brooklyn.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 42, Number 7354, 8 December 1871
Articles of incorporation filed for Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company.

Published as: The Star, Sun, Christchurch Times; Christchurch Star-Sun (New Zealand) Jan 20 1872
Central Polynesia Land Company

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 42, Number 7432, 9 March 1872
Report from New Zealand about company interested in sale and cultivation of land in Samoa
Note: Frederick Bee owned Bank of California account number 318 when he died in 1892.

May 22, 1872
Papers of Ulysses Grant

Daily Alta California, Volume 24, Number 8157, 27 July 1872
Description of Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company and agreemeent with Samoan leaders

NOTE: this article revealed the Colonel Bee had been spied upon when he was lobbying.
NY Times article from 1875

August, 1872
Central Polynesia Land Company statement

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 44, Number 6831, 24 February 1873
Webb steamship subsidy bill defeated.
and
Description of steamship subsidy

Daily Alta California, Volume 25, Number 8502, 9 July 1873
Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company shares to be sold at auction because of delinquent assessment

Daily Alta California, Volume 25, Number 8605, 20 October 1873
Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company went bankrupt

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 46, Number 7159, 16 March 1874
Samoan Commercial and Land Company was formed.

"The Samoan Commercial and Land Company"
The purpose for which said corporation is formed is to transact all kinds of trade and commerce, a general mercantile business together with the procuring of land, wharves and docks by purchase or otherwise on the Navigators Islands in the South Pacific Ocean with power to improve, work and sell the same.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 46, Number 7159, 16 March 1874
Samoan Commercial and Land Company was formed.
Sidney Smith, J. Neylan, and J.D. Creigh were investors.
1874 San Francisco Directory
listed the same address for J.D. Creigh and Samoan Commercial and Land Company, pages 731 and 783.
Articles of Incorporation
Sidney V. Smith, attorney (1 share); W. T. Bradbury, physician (30 shares); John Shineberger, clerk, Alta California (100 shares); J. D. Creigh, attorney (1,153 shares); J. Neylan, commission merchant (25 shares); F. A. Bee (100 shares)
NOTE: Fred McCrellish was the owner of Alta California newspaper.
This image is from the articles of incorporation. I cannot determine the last name of the owner of 23 shares; the name may be B.S. Salomon, B.S.Solomon, or B. S. Sussman.


April 2, 1874 Report Upon Samoa: Or, the Navigation's Island, Made to the Secretary of State
The San Francisco stockholders, and one James McKee of the Sandwich Islands, are certainly innocent and highly respectable gentlemen, whose money has been squandered and their reputation stained by adventurers representing them on the islands

June 2, 1874
Mr. Windom asked and, by unanimous consent, obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 885) to authorize the purchase of harbor-privileges and lands for the establishment of a naval and coaling station in the Samoan Islands; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
On February 10, 1875, Mr. Cragin, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom were referred the following bills, reported them severally without amendment, and that they ought NOT to pass: S. 885. A bill to authorize the purchase of harbor-privileges and lands for the establishment of a naval and coaling station in the Samoan Islands.
House Bill 3464
Senate Bill 885
Senate Bill 885 died.

United States v. Bee started with events in June, 1874. The correct name of the consul to Samoa was S. S. Foster

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 47, Number 7239, 17 June 1874
Colonel Bee opened coal mine in Tenino, Washington with 50 laborers.

Daily Alta California, Volume 26, Number 8892, 6 August 1874
Funeral of Joseph Washington Stow, shareholder of Samoan Commercial and Land Company

In 1874, Frederick A. Bee and William Bell became bondsmen for S. S. Foster, American Consul to Samoa.

Daily Alta California, Volume 27, Number 9364, 23 November 1875
S.S. Foster denied ownership in either Samoan Commercial and Land Company and Central Polynesia Land and Commercial Company.

Daily Alta California, Volume 28, Number 9515, 24 April 1876
In April, 1876, S. S. Foster was accused of being an enemy of A. B. Steinberger by A. B. Steinberger.

Daily Alta California, Volume 28, Number 9607, 26 July 1876
Joseph Washington Stow estate sale included shares of stock

Daily Alta California, Volume 28, Number 9741, 7 December 1876
Samoan Commercial and Land Company went bankrupt.

San Francisco Call, Volume 70, Number 58, 28 July 1891
Frederick Bee and William Bell released from liability for S. S. Foster bond.

San Francisco Call, Volume 71, Number 95, 5 March 1892
Decision in Samuel Fuller's case was reversed.

San Francisco Call, Volume 77, Number 116, 5 April 1895
San Francisco corporation was owner of 21,009 acres of Samoan property.
Chambers' report
San Francisco Call, Volume 78, Number 149, 27 October 1895
Polynesian Land Company and 20,000 acres
San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 73, 11 February 1901
D.S. Parker sold land on behalf of Wellman, Neylan & Hobbs.
Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXVIII, Number 244, 1 June 1901
Land of Polynesian Land Company sold to Kunst, German landlowner
The San Francisco call., March 31, 1903, Page 9
Wellman vs. Neylan to settle Samoa land dispute
October 27, 1903 Hawaiian Gazette
Final judgement in Wellman vs. Neylan