Lee Kwai Pan
|1878, Member "Orientals" baseball team|
| Li Guipan 李桂攀 |
Lee Kai Pan
Lee Kwai Pan1
L. K. Pan3
Kwai Pahn Lee, "Pon Lee"4
| Li Buyun 李步雲 |
Li Ban 李扳3
| 2 |
| 48 |
| 1860 |
| Xiangshan, Guangdong |
| 14 (Lunar Calendar) |
|9 January 18985 |
| New York City (Yonkers), NY5 |
(1) North Amherst and Gardner, MA
(2) Windsor, CT2
(3) Norwich, CT
| (1) Rev. William D. & Josephine H. (Barton) Herrick, North Amherst and Gardner, MA6 |
(2) John B. Woodforth, Windsor, CT7
(3) Patrick Burke, New London, CT8
| West Middle Public School, Hartford, CT. graduated April 1877; |
Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT, 1877-1881
| Member of the “Orientals“ baseball team. “Li Guipan, upon his graduation from the West Middle Public School in Hartford, was awarded First Prize in penmanship and received as a prize the Household Book of Poetry.”9 |
| After returning to the U.S. (1882 or 1883), he enrolled in Lehigh University in 1883 but was unable to graduate.10 |
| Assigned to study law in Tianjin but returned to U.S. (date uncertain) to finish his college education. |
| Business ("Tea Business in NYC."11) |
| Li Shiquan 李石泉 |
|Married, on Sunday, 5 March 1893, Elizabeth Standish Jewett, the daughter of his landlord while he was attending Norwich Academy.4 |
| After his return to the U.S. Lee tried to continue his education at Lehigh University in 1883, but after only a year he was summoned to Washington to take up a position at the Chinese Legation where he served for four years. In 1893 he went into business in New York, forming a partnership ("Henry and Lee") with an American, Frank H. Henry, to import Chinese products.9 |
"…It was while he was a student that he became acquainted with Miss Jewett, who is a daughter of the late Dr. Charles Jewett [1807-1879] of Norwich Town, the well-known temperance lecturer. The young Chinaman, who was known as 'Pon Lee,' became quite a ball player and all-around athlete, and was very popular. He is a member of the Congregational church and an active Christian."4
1. Springfield Daily Republican, 26 July 1873, 3.
2. Leung (1988b), 403; 404.
3. Signature: “Very truly yours / L. K. Pan / Hong Sun / China”, with characters 李扳 (Li Ban), in one of two autograph books of Yung Kwai (Rong Kui 容揆 II, 34). Signature in second autograph book: “Yours truly / Lee Kwai Pan / Windsor / Conn Dec 2nd 1875”. Yung Kwai Papers, Archives and Manuscripts, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.
4. The Anaconda Standard [Anaconda, Montana], 5 March 1893, 2:5: "Prominent or Peculiar".
5. Date and place of death: Rhoads (2011), p. 205; no children: probate records, Westchester County, NY (Edward J. M. Rhoads, email 19 Aug. 2008).
6. Rhoads (2011), p. 52, Table 5.1.
7. Leung (1988b), 404.
8. U.S. Census 1880; Robyn (1996), p. 186, n. 266: "Patrick Burke, Bean Hill, Norwich"; cf. Rhoads (2011), p.139, Table 9.2: "boarding with George H. Martin".
9. Robyn (1996), 41-42, citing Hartford Evening Post, 28 April 1877.
10. Rhoads (2011), p. 205.
11. LaFargue (1987), p. 174.