Resident Richard Marks with his large collection of artifacts, 1985.
Marks was a leader in the community, operating Damien Tours, one of two tour companies. He would take visitors around the place, including Kalawao, on the east side of the peninsula, where the original settlement was located. He was a natural storyteller and historian, and collected all kinds of memorabilia. “Here’s one of the old spoons,” he said. “The old medicine bottles ... This stuff was full of opium and laudanum and alcohol. Didn’t cure anything but it sure helped kill the pain. You get stuff like Sanford’s Radical Cure, Kickapoo Oil, the Great Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Remedy, Kidney, Liver and Bladder Cure.”