Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Governor Seaton Schroeder really liked Malesso'.

He called it the best-maintained village on Guam; clean and orderly.  The villagers well-occupied and flourishing.

He credited all this to its capable and energetic gobernadorcillo, or mayor, Felix Sablan Roberto.  Other villages weren't so lucky, Schroeder said. 

Schroeder visited Malesso' in 1900.  Nearly the entire village showed up, forming lines on both sides of the narrow road.  A few muskets were fired at the governor's approach, and some people made noise with bamboo poles sliced down the center so that the two sides clapped when shaken.

There were shouts of Viva el Señor Gobernador!  And Viva la América!  An elderly lady dashed forward to kiss Schroeder's hand, and others followed suit.  A band composed of two fiddles and an accordion provided music.

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