In 1899, at age 14, Benjamin Franklin Kneubuhl ran away from his home in Bloomington, Iowa, lied about his age and joined the Navy. While he sailed around the world six times, and mastered many skills, Lena Pritchard, traversed the Pacific Ocean between Apia, Samoa, New Zealand, and Pago Pago. Ben’s last stop was Pago, where he and Lena married. Ben built an enormous mercantile and shipping enterprise, while Lena assiduously collected as much land as possible. The only conflict in their many years together was Lena’s citizenship.