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St. Croix: Pioneers,Quote re: Pioneers and Pioneering, Travel Teachers ,Quote re: travel teachers, and Events:  1965  to 1983


Complied by Patricia Paccassi, as of September. 1988: revised, April 1991; September 1994, March 2010, July 2011

NOTE: The US Virgin Islands are linked administratively, but pioneers and  travel teachers are listed separately for each island.

CODE: PIO:=pioneer;

Note:  Data in parenthesis  [   ]  is my data source:  see source page for details  SOURCES


PIO: 1965: March .20: Dan & Charlotte Milden and 2 children are first pioneers. From USA; lived in Christiansted. 1965, then Fredricksted in '1966 to  '1968  [AF/01.a] 1979 or 1980: they return to the Island until  ??

St Croix 1st pioneers 1965-68 Charlotte & Dan Milden-2-_a2

PIO: 1965: April;(to June-1966) Patricia & William Sheppard, to Christiansted via St. Thomas from USA. [AF/01.a;NL/03.a]

PIO: 1965: November or December: Doug Covey Doug Covey St Croix. 2jpg to Christiansted, then Fredricksted via St. Thomas from USA [AF/01.a]

PIO: 1965: July: (to 8-1972) George Buder to Christiansted from USA [AF/01.a]

PIO: 1965: 17 August.(to 12-1965) Janet Cutler, via Puerto Rico, from USA [AF/01.a;NL/03.a]

PIO: 1965: August. Joe and Mrs. Tasnady with 2 teenage sons from USA, via Puerto Rico [NL/03.d]

PIO: 1965: September 13-26.  Elsie Norden from USA

PIO: 1965: September ??.to November or December.:  Mr .& Mrs. George Adams, USA.  [AF/01.a-e]

PIO: 1965: September ???:Dorothy Dorothy Schneider & Lawrence Larry Schneider Schneider, USA. Mr. Schneider later withdrew from Faith,  rejoined 1976.  [AF/01.a;NL/03.d]

PIO: 1965: September.(to August. 1967) Jerald & Phyliss Day and 5 children to Christiansted from USA, to Fredricksted October. 1965. [AF/01.a;NL/03.d]

PIO: ??: ?. Anne Buder (Wermuth), daughter of Henrietta Trutza. Kathy Buder  [AF/01.a]  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1966: May to September. David Buder from USA

PIO: 1966: October. to 1968 Ron Ron_20Lucero_a & Sandra Lucero, 3 children, from USA to Christiansted. Ron to St. John [AF/01.a; NL/03.i]

PIO: 1966: August. to December. 1967, Isador & Ellen Knox, & daughter to Fredricksted from USA. [AF/01.a,h]

PIO: 1966: December to 3-1970 Ann Buder to Christiansted. from USA, via St .Lucia. [AF/01.a] _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1968: August. Ethel Harris, Ethel Harris via St. Thomas from USA. [AF/01.a]

PIO: 1968: August 6 to early 1969: Richard & Lexa Schoen with 2 sons.  [NL/21.h,L][NL/21.L]

PIO: 1968: Mid: John McLaughin & son, Adrian, from Hawaii to  Christiansted. [NL.21.i,j] _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1969: 1 April, William Horace, from USA [AF/01.a:NL/21.l]

PIO: 1969: Fall to June 1975; Winifred Jerrels, Winifred Jerrels St V & St T USA via St. Vincent  with her

 mother Gladys Smith - St Croix Gladys Smith [deceased August 1973] [LIVI/SASR] _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1970: mid. John, & son Adrian, McLaughlin. [NL/21.S] _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1971: November to December. 1977 to USA: Nelson Brignoni,  Nelson Brignoni USA    [NL/21.LWVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1971: August: Mr Johnnie & Mrs Doris Smith, Johnie and Doris Smith - St Croix to Kingshill, USA  [NL/21.Y]  [LVI/pio-rep] _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1972: May to December 1977: Mrs. Carlotta Greer Brignoni, USA  [LVI/pio-rep] _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1973: June to?: Mr. Dale & Renee Parker & family, USA  [LVI/pio-rep] _____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1975: August to ???: Bernadette Nichols, USA [LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1975: August to?: Steve Moore, joining family, USA [LVI/pio-rep]


PIO:  1977: August: to 1979:  Richard & Lynn Berry Lynn & Rick Berry 2 -GND and son Ian: to St Lucia 1979 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1978: 2 August. Letter from NSALVI responding to Hedy Deuschle  re: possible  return to area to pioneer. [24/M11955] ______________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1979: Leave posts: Betty Shurleff; Robert & Carolyn Nalouf; Lawrence.  Lynn & Richard Berry relocate to St. Lucia. [24/M11955] ______________________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1980: July: Jan Jan Connely - St Croix Conley, from St. Thomas [PF/25-0.5]

PIO: 1980: July: Jean Randazzo,  Jean Randazzo - St Croixfrom St. Thomas [PF/25-0.5]

PIO: 1980: : George W. Cannon, Jr. to Fredricksted, USA  [LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1980: September to?: Steve & Zoreh Milden to Kingshill, USA  [LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1980: November 1-July '88: Dr. John Yates John Yates - St Croix to La Vallee: US via Antigua   [pipo/12,88:LVI/pio-rep]


PIO: 1981: July to ?: Cathy Von Gonten, to Christiansted, USA  [LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1981: Nov. to present (2011) Virginia Passard, married Richard Rounds 1985


PIO: 1983: August to?: Rodney & Mary Jo Clarken to Kingshill, USA  [LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1983: August or September to ???: Dan & Kathy O'Dell, to East End, from Puerto Rico  [LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1983: November to ???: Monsell Laury , Monsel Laury - St Croix to Fredrickstead. ,USA [LVI/pio-rep]



Complied by Patricia Paccassi, as of September. 1988: revised, April. 1991; September 1994, March 2010, July 2011

NOTE: The US Virgin Islands are linked administratively, but pioneers and  travel teachers are listed separately for each island.


TT :=travel teacher from outside national area;

TTP:=travel teacher and pioneer from within the national area;

TTL:=West Indian travel teacher;

HND:=Hand of the Cause of God;

CBC:=member of the Continental Board of Counsellors; ABM:=Auxiliary Board Member;

NSA:=member of a national spiritual assembly.

Data shown in parenthesis  [   ] is my data source: see sources link above


TTP: 1965: May/June Short duration visits [2-3 days] from Phillip Trutza, Doug Covey, Marjorie &   Ellerton Harmer, Victor Tom, Melvin Barber. [NL/03.b]

TT : 1965: July to August.; Allison Miller, from St. Thomas.[NL/03.b]

ABM: 1965: July 31/August 1: Ellsworth Blackwell, Pioneer to Haiti,{USA} [NL/03.c]

TT : 1965: August. Mr & Mrs. Tasnady {USA via Puerto Rico}[NL/03.c] remain as pioneers [NL/03.d]

TT : 1967: January. Elizabeth Thomas, USA [NL/03.j] ________________________________________________________________________________________

TTP: 1969: Several months; Henrietta Trutza, USA from St. Lucia  [NL/BNLA #12]

TT : 1969: early. Margaret, Walker, Eric & Katie Jensen, USA  [NL/21.M]

TT : 1969: mid. Wayne Hoover, USA. [NL/21.N]

TT : 1969: mid. Maxine Roth, USA. [NL/21.N

HND: 1970: August/September. Enoch Olinga [NL/21.T]



Enoch Olinga (1926-1979)  Appointed by Shoghi Effendi in final Contingent of Hands  in October 1957


TT : 1974: January or February.; Elizabeth Thomas [PF/25-ALP-NTC]


TT : 1976: March, several days, Mable Garis USA [PF/25-0.5]


HND: 1977: AR: Enoch Olinga [PF/25-0.4d]

ABM: 1977: September 1 week Gladys Stuart, Belize [PF/25-0.5]

TTP: 1977: October/November, 1 week Shamsi Sedaghat [PF/25-0.5]


TTS: 1978: January. Rollie Totten & Laura Davis, Canada [PF/25-0.11]


TT : 1979: Late: Dr. H. Farhoumand, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1979: December, 1 week, Barbara Hubbert, USA [PF/25-0.5]


NOTE: see Croix Events for explanation of cutoff date. pp



Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991; November 1994, March 2010, July 2011

NOTE: The US Virgin Islands are linked administratively, but events and travel teachers are listed separately for each island.

NOTE: listed below are the NSA's who were responsible for the Virgin Islands and the dates the responsibility was assigned:


# 1953 South America/North America;

1957 Greater Antilles;

* 1962 Dominican Republic;

1964 United States;

1967 Leeward, Windward & Virgin Islands;

1972 Leeward & Virgin Islands;

1981 Virgin Islands.

*=First time listed specifically instead of being included as part of a larger grouping; i.e. "Leeward Islands"

#=Virgin Islands was included in "Leeward Islands" grouping by Shoghi Effendi and stayed there until the date listed

Key: LSA = Local Spiritual Assembly:    NSA = National Spiritual Assembly:  

ABMA = Assistant to the Auxillary  Board  Member                                    


1965: August. as of,; News items and radio publicity obtained. Ellsworth Blackwell, radio/newspaper article Fireside, Thursday  study class, Monday. [NL/03.c]

1965: First believer; August 1; Herman Desant,[from St. Kitts]  [NL/03.c]

1965: Early believer; September. Mr. Lee Santiago [NL/03.d]

1965: October: good media for Katherine Meyer visit re: World Congress, held at Fort, Christiansted.[NL/03.d]

1965: December. Study classes, Monday, Thom Thompson speaks at Royal Dane Hotel  [NL/03.e]

1965: December. 4-5; Area Wide Teaching Conference. held in Buccaneer Hotel; Ellsworth & Ruth Blackwell, major speakers.[NL/03.e]


1966: July: Teaching Institute. with  Ellsworth & Ruth Blackwell, Haiti  [PF/25-0.4d]

1966: Letter from NSA USA. UHJ gives permission to look for temple site in St. Croix. [PF/24]

1966: April; Rídvan message calls for formation of NSA OF LWVI in April, 1967 [NL/03.g]

1966: July or August. separately both Allison Miller and Knud Jensen move to Fredricksted, bringing believers too {6} NOTE: these two did not move at the same time or together.[NL/03.h]


1967: Early believers; in Christiansted; Zavalo Zoro, Frank Caibas, youth.  [NL/03.j]

1967: First LSA elected, Fredricksted;[NL/21.a]

1967: June, last weekend; First NTC region 1 Teaching Conference

1967: May/June?; Christiansted obtains use of downtown recreational centre for Bahá'í activities on Saturday evenings.[NL/21.b]

1967: June: Doug Covey honored as "St. Croix Teacher of the Year"  [pr/5a]

1967: June 16; Marriage of Knud Jensen to Louise Campbell in Fredricksted.[check; was this a Bahá'í  ceremony and if so, was it the first on St. Croix?] [NL/21.c]

1967: November. Early believer; Christiansted: Montgomery Matthew. [NL/21.d]

1967: November 11; Fredricksted shows CBS film "And His Name Shall Be One" at  LaValle School and  at the Fort the following day. [NL/21.d]


1968: January. 4: Bahá'í float in parade on Three Kings Day in Fredricksted.  [NL/21.e]

1968: April. LSA of Fredricksted lost due to several members leaving the island. [NL/21.g]

1968: September. 20-22: Thirty two Bahá'ís from St. Thomas & St. Croix attend weekend institute at Alexander Wilson School.[NL.21.i]

Meeting in St Croix_a

1968: Late; early believers; Cecil T. Clarke, Inez Clarke, Kathleen C. Jack; [NL/21.j]

1968: Late; children’s classes started by Katherine Meyer, St. Thomas, and Ethel Harris in Christiansted  [PF/25-0.12]


1969: June 22-27: Teacher Training Institute in LaVallee.  Coordinator: Patricia Paccassi;  Teachers: Maxine Roth, USA; George Howard, St. Vincent. [NL/21.M]

                       Meeting in St Croix0001_a

 L to R: Ann Buder, ??,  Doug Covey, Lorana Kerfoot


Back row:  L to R: Ethel Harris, ??, ??,  Pat  Paccassi

1969 St Croix Institute_a

(Facing)  L to R: Henrietta Trutza,  Winifred Morris,  Lorana  Kerfoot,  Dorothy Behar,   Ellerton  Harmer 


1970: Fall: New believers: Melba Williams, Genevieve Oliver, Clothilda Cornelius. [NL/21.T]

1970: late: New Believers: Margaret Lynch, Doris Lake. [NL/21.U]


1971: Early. New Believer. Robert Daubenspeck. [NL/21.W]

1971: November. Holy Days observed. Publicity on radio & 2 newspapers.  [NL/21.Y]

1971: Treasury representatives appointed 12 islands including St. Croix [AF/23]


1975: ??; monthly newsletter in English & Spanish [AF/24.b]

1975: December. Human Rights award dinner honoring Dr. Randall James (not a Bahá'í), well attended by notables, large media, (was this award given by the Bahá'ís?) [AF/24]


1976: January. Monsell Laury appointed as ABMA to Shirley Mather

1976: 26 March: LSA Christiansted incorporated. [24/M147]


1977: 1 April: Fireside @ Ethyl Harris w/ HND Enoch Olinga & wife Elizabeth.  35 people attending, 1 declaration. [24/M134]

1977: April: National Convention held here [pr/5a]

1977/1978: Bahá'í Exhibit @ Agriculture Fair, viewed by thousands [AF/24]


1978: April. Institute given for LSAs by Shirley Mather, 20 attend [AF/24.b]

1978: May: Doris Smith appointed ABMA [PF/25-0.5]

1978: Early. Christiansted LSA incorporated [PF/25-0.5]


1979: December 27-30: Winter School [PF/25-0.5]


1980: July 4/5, Regional Teaching Conference [PF/25-0.5]

1980: October 1: 2 LSA areas now 5 LSA areas.[24/M134]


1981: April. VI forms first NSAVI, needs details, names, etc.


NOTE: see St. Thomas file for explanation of cutoff date. .pp

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NOTE: My goal was to trace the growth and development of the Faith in the  islands from their beginnings, as far as I could find, up to the formation of each ones own National Assembly.  As 1981 was the formation of the first NSA of the Virgin Islands, this is  the cutoff date for this research document, the following years will be  done by others.

This document is neither exhaustive nor definitive, we learn as we go, but  what I have, and/or discover, will be chanaged or added as necessary.

Hopefully, I can put this material into a form which, through the medium of oral  history, will breath the life into the bare facts and statistics.  I feel that it is our stories and impressions and feelings that help to  convey the enormous process that is taking place in the Bahá'í World  during this period of development. I am only sorry that it was not done  earlier, we have lost so many stories already.

I truly appreciate all the help given to me in this research and can only hope it is helpful to others.  PP...November. 1994

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Date:  20 May 2012 

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