1886 – Beloit’s Brother Dutton Begins Service in Hawaii

On this date Brother Dutton of Beloit moved to the island of Molokai to take over leadership of a leper colony. Founded by Father Damien of Belgium, this colony sought to give comfort, support, and happiness to those suffering from leprosy. Brother Dutton served there for over forty years until he died of natural causes, at the age of 88. His great humanitarian work was recognized by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Harding, and Coolidge. The Brother Dutton School in Beloit was erected in his honor. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes, p.288-302]