web analytics
  • Uncategorized
  • 46

Charlie Corn

I’m not sure what the story is behind this place that is situated in a fairly secluded area of the island. If you know, please fill me in. One of my bosses tells me Charlie Corn was a successful businessman on Guam many years ago (I’m a little familiar with his name by buildings and real estate). The rumor is he is buried in this place, but we didn’t see a grave, a tombstone, or anything to shed some light on the mystery. I Googled him, and found there is a Charlie Corn scholarship but did not find any info about the man himself.
I’d like to know how they got all the materials and heavy equipment up the mountain to build the site. From what I understand, this place was built long before any of the roads in the area were constructed. Curiouser and curiouser!
The entrance:
062905
062905
Concrete steps lead you to the gazebo in the back:
062905
The view from the concrete platform near the gazebo:
062905

You may also like...

46 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    Charlie Corn was not only successful on Guam his holdings stretch as far as the PhiIippines. The Corn family owns a Island resort complete with bungalows on a lagoon somewhere in a remote PI provence. Charlie’s grandson Anthony is the former board chair of CAHA during the “You’re Stilll The One” administration. The former Corn residence is in Maite on the Calvo compound cliffline closest to Tiyan. One of the Calvo children has since built another huge home on the property. From what I understand he was the first Millionaire to actually live on Guam. His family world-wide still are well to do.

  2. carolyn says:

    all those little places like that in guam give me the creeps! like the talofofo falls entrance with the virgin mary and ghosttown kiddie train and even the area by the chocolate house. eesh!

  3. Tash says:

    I agree with Carolyn! But it’s fun to venture into our creepy surroundings. Hehehe

  4. Josie says:

    Thanks for the info, Patrick. Interesting stuff.
    Yeah, the secluded places can be creepy–but in a fun way! On the hike Al and I were reenacting scenes from Blair Witch to amuse ourselves.

  5. Tash says:

    Hahahaha I can just imagine you two reenacting that!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hasn’t the White Lady been known to roam the ruins of the Corn mansion? I remember hearing stories as a kid.

  7. Charlie Corn says:

    You might not have found anything about the man himself, but you might be interested to read this, a post from a real-life Charlie Corn living in London at this very moment in time… much info about this Guam guy appreciated, I’ve never come across anyone else with my name before!

  8. steve says:

    I lived on Guam on 74 and 75, and these pictures are the first I have seen of Charlie Corn’s place since I was a young child then. I was 6 then, and I used to roam the boonies freely with my brother and friends. My parents trusted us I guess. We used to go to Charlie Corn’s site every once in a while. My recollections of the place are nothing like the pictures shown here. This place was beautiful, clean, and out in the middle of nowhere. There were usually fresh cut flowers placed out there. I find it odd that nobody took care of the place.

  9. steve says:

    To the best of my knowledge, Charlie Corn passed away in 1973. Also, to the best of my recollection, I always thought he was buried there, but I was never sure exactly where. We, as kids, used to call it “Charlie Corn’s grave.”
    Steve

  10. steve says:

    Oh, by the way, when the place was “new” back in the early 70’s, there were no roads up to it either. I have no idea how the stuff got up there.
    Steve

  11. art idelbong says:

    My hometown was in Sinajana, Ghura Housing behind St. Jude church, until I joined the Air Force in 1997 and left the island. Charlie Corn mountain overlooks my village and I have many childhood to teenage memories of me, my friends and relatives climbing that mountain lots of times. I do “mamber” (remember) that Asian building. There a lot of hidden waterfalls, ponds deep enough to swim in, people ought to go hiking in that area.

  12. chris corn says:

    charlie corn is my grandpa. anthony is my pops. funny seeing a page about my grandpa.

  13. Joyce Corn Lee says:

    Charlie Corn was my grandfather on my mother’s side. His body was removed around 10 years after his death by his son Alfred who lives in Hong Kong. He is now buried in China next to his second wife. My grandmother, Esperanza, was his first wife. His other 3 children, live in California. I believe that the 19 grandkids, numerous great grandkids & great, great grandkids are in California, Utah, Philippines and one in Guam. I am amazed that people still remember my grandfather after 33 years!

  14. Desi Cataluna says:

    Hi. I remember seeing Mr. Charlie Corn once. I usually accompanied my dad while doing his errands. At one point, he stopped at the old Andy’s Barber shop in Agana/Hagatna. I was still a young child (with a great memory to this day-yikes!) and that day, I remember my dad talking with him. Charlie Corn may have been Guam’s first millionaire; moreover his pocketbook did not separate him from the local people of Guam. From what I gathered that day and thereafter, Mr. Corn felt so comfortable around people from all walks of life. When we left the barbershop, my dad whispered to me, “Honey girl, that man wearing the hat is Charlie Corn.” I knew by my dad’s body language and posture, he was addressing a very important man of our community. I’m proud to have had a glimpse of him; and I’m even more proud to be one of his granddaughter’s close friends (Hi, Joyce!).

  15. Peter says:

    Joyce, do you have contact with Eugene Lee, who was also Charlie Corn’s grandhild? He was a classmate at Bishop Baumgartner who moved shortly after the eighth grade. I always wondered what happened to him–we were good friends. This would have been back in 1978 or 1979. He was very artistic. If you ever run into him, remind him about Sr. Marda and our art class. It should bring a chuckle. She gave us both fits for being talented, but slow. Eugene made an actual shoe. I wonder if he still has it?

  16. Dennis Borja says:

    Using this link you can see a sattelite picture of Charlie Corn’s grave.
    I use to live in Agana Heights.Back in the early 80’s I use to lead bonnie stomping tours up to the grave from that direction. The sight has one of the best views of the island. You can simultaneously see both coasts at the narrowest part. You can also see the southern mountains.
    From this picture you can see the road that they used to bring all the building material for the grave. It goes past the FAA approach beacon for the International Airport. Occasionally you can see airplanes flying low over the site on their approach to the airport:
    http://www.google.com/maphp?hl=en&q=guam&ie=UTF8&t=k&om=1&z=18&ll=13.453471,144.740651&spn=0.002509,0.005364

  17. Dennis Borja says:

    Its funny Peter should mention Charlie Corn’s grave (8-24-06) and also Bishop Baumgartner Junior High School. I went to the same school..8th grade for me was 80-81. You can see the grave from the basketball court if you look south- west.
    I never knew that Eugene Lee was Charlie Corn’s grandchild.
    I remember Sister Marda’s Art class. She also taught Caligraphy as an elective if I recall correctly.

  18. Peter says:

    I just missed you at BBJHS, Dennis- I went on to FD in 1979. About two years ago, I contacted Sr. Marda, who has retired to the mother house somewhere in Wisconsin, I believe. She was in strong spirits and spends all her hours praying. She is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, after all.
    She is a testament to true faith. I believe she came to Guam during the cultural revolution and lost all contact with her family for decades. She taught my mom many years before she taught us, and I am certain she taught the kids of our classmates.
    Although I gritted my teeth through her criticisms, I learned to appreciate her better and use her ideals in my work. ‘Do it well, do it fast and don’t stop to pat yourself in the back, or you get nothing done.’

  19. Joyce Corn Lee says:

    This message is to Peter. Yes, Eugene Lee is my brother! He owns a shoe store in San Francisco with my sister Genny. The store is named “Smash Shoes.” He is artistic. He lives in SF. I will tell him to vist this site. My email is [email protected]. I’ll give him a call right now and tell him about you Peter. Hope to hear from you!

  20. Joyce Corn Lee says:

    This message is to Peter. Yes, Eugene Lee is my brother! He owns a shoe store in San Francisco with my sister Genny. The store is named “Smash Shoes.” He is artistic. He lives in SF. I will tell him to vist this site. My email is [email protected]. I’ll give him a call right now and tell him about you Peter. Hope to hear from you!

  21. art idelbong says:

    I’m laughing my butt off from the comment about the White Lady anonymously entered at 07. 4. 05 at 10:54AM…oh, I remember those ghost stories…especially the story that “if anyone tries to drive through the White Lady’s bridge during a full moon, their vehicle will die out and come rolling down the hill back down to the bridge where supposedly the White Lady comes out from underneath the bridge, to your vehicle, and then slap you in the face for disturbing her grave rest.” Oh man those were the days.

  22. Dr. Bill Rogers says:

    When I was stationed at Guam Naval Hospital between 1962 and 1964, I was frequently invited to Charlie Corn’s house for dinner. Apparently, he had a liking for Naval Medical Officers.
    Dr. Bill Rogers

  23. liliane says:

    good jod

  24. charles sean e.com says:

    charlie corn is my grandfather..im the long lost one,looking for corns clan,just a little info .my father is anthony elwick corn/my mother is emma estudillo..its just nice to know the roots.thanks

  25. David Waite says:

    I lived on Guam and attended GW Jr. HS, GWHS and UOG from 1969 to 1976. Something made me think of Charlie Corn today, so I Googled and found this site. I vaguely remember seeing the old house in Maite. What I remember most at that time is that Charlie was always adding on to his mansion. He believed that, and maybe this is a Chinese superstition, as long as you keep adding on to your house you will not die.

  26. Bill says:

    I consumed many San Miguel beers at Charlie Corn’s at Clark A.F.B. in the Philippines in ’53 ^ ’54.
    Is this the Same “Charlie Corn” of Guam?

    • I happened to be surfing Clark sites when I came across this. I too drank more than a few San Miguels at the Old Charlie Corn Restaurant on Clark 1957-58 time frame. It was a unique setting, and somewhat intriguing to a 17-18 year old airman. If someone has a picture of the restaurant I wish they would post it.

      Thanks

  27. Joyce Corn Lee says:

    Yes, Charlie Corn’s at Clark AFB in the Philippines in ’53 is the same “Charlie Corn” of Guam, my grandfather.

  28. Roberta Brazzle says:

    I lived on Guam from 1959-1966 and our family knew Charlie Corn and family. As a child we went to his home for dinners ( my Dad was Don Kenney and his wife Lucille, with Bank of America). I loved to visit the bakery and the Pagoda on the hill. My name at the time was Robyn Kenney, Lori was my younger sister, and my brother was Steve. I remember the pond with turtle too…. It was a magical time for my family. We loved Guam ( later moved to Phiippines). We are now in Oregon. How wonderful to read about Charlie Corn.

  29. Jackie says:

    can anyone tell me where exactly charlie corn gravesite is? my neice has a project of taking photos of landmarks on guam and we have been given various sites as to where it is but still can’t find it.

  30. Letitia says:

    This is all so interesting.
    My family owns the old Corn Building in Anigua. Unfortunately, we cut off the design that the building was long known for once we took over the building. I regret that decision.
    I have always wanted to know more about Charlie Corn. I went to Bishop Baumgartner Junior High from 84-87. Once a few of us hiked up the pipeline that supposedly goes up to Charlie Corn’s grave. My group didn’t make it all the way up, though.
    I also had Sister Marda for art class at Bishop. She was great. She made the class stand up and do “eye exercise”. I also have to say our class drove her crazy but she put up with us and didn’t give up.
    I think I know who Anthony Corn is–a realtor on Guam. Maybe I’ll give him a ring to learn more about his grandfather/great-grandfather(?).

  31. Letitia says:

    This is all so interesting.
    My family owns the old Corn Building in Anigua. Unfortunately, we cut off the design that the building was long known for once we took over the building. I regret that decision.
    I have always wanted to know more about Charlie Corn. I went to Bishop Baumgartner Junior High from 84-87. Once a few of us hiked up the pipeline that supposedly goes up to Charlie Corn’s grave. My group didn’t make it all the way up, though.
    I also had Sister Marda for art class at Bishop. She was great. She made the class stand up and do “eye exercise”. I also have to say our class drove her crazy but she put up with us and didn’t give up.
    I think I know who Anthony Corn is–a realtor on Guam. Maybe I’ll give him a ring to learn more about his grandfather/great-grandfather(?).

  32. Charles Corne says:

    HI Maybe I`am related. Our Corne group came from Peter Corne in N.C,

  33. Charles Corne says:

    HI Maybe I`am related. Our Corne group came from Peter Corne in N.C,

  34. Saicon says:

    I recall growing up in Guam in the late ’60’s before the island was lined with many buildings and hotels, I use to stare at this Chinese style building that sat atop the cliff overlooking Agana Bay on our southbound cruise on Marine Drive. Many times I’d ask my dad to whom the owner of that “house” was. And my day said, “that house belongs to Charlie Corn”. From then on I use to always call it “The Charlie Corn House”. Later, I recalled that winding stairs with chainlinked rails were constructed that reached from the top of his home to Marine Drive below. As my curiosity peaked about this enigmatic person, I later found out that he was a prolific businessman and owned a number of building and properties on Guam. My parents and I also use to have lunch and dinner at his “Far East Restaurant” and “Fancyteria”, (I think). The Chinese food was great! And we also use to have our birthday and Christmas banquets the there. Those were definitely good times. Charlie Corn died in the late ’70’s. I don’t know if he left any inheritance behind to his heirs, be use as the years went by his buildings began to dilapidate including his cliffside home. It would have been nice had someone maintained and preserved his old house. It would have made for an interesting landmark and tourist attraction. At any rate, this was quite an interesting bit of history for the island of Guam.

  35. shane says:

    Id like to visit this place- from my understanding, this place is not too far from ordot church. I would really like to go there but theres no one to go with

  36. JB says:

    This is all very interesting and informative. I always had the understanding that Charlie Corn was brought into Guam illegally (after all, bringing in non-administrative, non-military people at that time was prohibited: the prohibitions imposed in 1939 and continued until 1962/63 would/should have not allowed it). The narrative about his business exploits seem to imply that he might have been a “preferred” contractor/vendor for certain members of the U.S. military. If so, that would certainly explain a lot.

    I have always referred to the structure in the photographs as being the Corn Memorial. Years ago, it could be reached (w/4WD) by going up Nimitz Hill, turning into the Officers Housing road, then going all the way to the right (West?). Following the road up to and past the radio transmitter (which didn’t used to be covered in cages), you could find the deeply-rutted off-road “trail” to the Memorial. I think, though, that the gate has been closed since the KAL crash in the immediate vicinity in August 1997. (Things might have changed; I haven’t been up there in about seven years.)

    I agree with the other contributors that the view from the site is breathtaking. It is one of the most beautiful in Guam.

    Even 25 years ago, the Corn Memorial had been used (and abused) as a late-night party place for some of Guam’s youth. I’m not sure that Charlie would have objected, except for the defacement.

    I am also not sure whether Charlie Corn took away business opportunities that would have otherwise been awarded to Guam’s indigenous residents; there is no way to know for sure, but it is likely. However, given the current economic condition of the majority of Chamorros, it is also likely that Charlie Corn provided a net positive contribution to the economic development and social welfare of this island.

    He has a legacy.

  37. Richard Cook says:

    I was assigned to Naval Hospital Guam from 1985 to 1987. During that time, I was fortunate enough to see both Charlie Corn’s Cliff House and Nimitz Hill pagoda in reasonbly good shape. It was also during that time, when it broke my heart to see the demolition of the cliff house. It was truly a wonderful building! And now, finding out about the 1953 Naval hospital scheduled for demolition in 2012, I feel my ties to Guam are fading. Thank the creator’s of this wonderful place for writing down our fondest memories of Guam. Blue Skies and Gentle Winds!

  38. Phil Acuff says:

    In 1954 and1955 I was stationed at Clark Air Force Base in The Philippines. When would get tired of the food at the officer’s club we would go to Charlie Corn’s restaurant. A number of the men assigned to the 581st Squaudron spent some happy times there-where many of learned how to use chopsticks. Many of got hooked on Chinese food at Charlie Corn’s that lasts to this day.

  39. Bruce Young says:

    When I was stationed at Andersen AFB (1951-53, Weather Recon B-29s) a Charlie Corn snack wagon made the rounds on the flight line every day. I recall the company name as “Charles Corn and Murray”. No snakes then, and just a quonset snack shack on Tumon beach. For recreation, we cruised the boonies NE of the base for souvenirs and made our way down to the breakers for photo shoots. That got stopped when some Japanese hold-outs were spotted raiding NAS housing area gardens in ’52 or ’53.

  40. I too ate many a plate of fried rice at Charlie Corns Restaurant along with a few San Miguels during 57-58 time frame. If anyone has a photo of the old Clark Charlie Corn restaurant I wish they would post it.

    Thanks

  41. As a dependent back in the early ’50’s we used to patronize Charlie Corn’s snack bar occasionally. It was located near the old Kelly Theater across the street from the dependent housing known as the “barns” …

  42. Vern Twyman says:

    My story is much the same as others here that Charley Corn restaurant at Clark AB was one of my favorite places.

  43. Anthony Vergara says:

    I lived on Nimitz Hill Navy Housing from 1966-1973. I always remember seeing Charlie Corn’s house up on top of the hill as we drove along Marine Drive. It was quite an impressive home. My mother worked at the Naval Hospital and my dad was mostly in Vietnam during those years. i played baseball and football as a kid. Went to the old Goverors mansion once. The Red Carpet Hotel was one of the nicer ones. I recall the Town House shopping and the Ben Franklin. The cars would rust away ina couple of years from the salt air and humidity. The island was littered with quonset huts and still used. Nimitz Hill had an out door movie theater near the B.O.Q. near Flag Circle. There were also at the time three massive quonset huts up above the theater. Tumon Bay was still littered with WWII artifacts. the roads were like ice when it rained. I recall seeing President Nixon drive up the back way to Nimitz Hill as he stayed at Admiral Paul E. Pugh’s residence during his visit to Guam on his return from China. I was ther when SGT. Yokoi was found. I studied at Old Piti and then New Piti Elementary schools then Agat Jr. High. No matter where we went on the island it was sleepy and very peaceful. Always the highlight was driving along marine Drive going to Anderson AFB or back was that Charlie Corn building. I shall return and look the island over and see what remains of my childhood soon. Many have cautioned it may ruin your memories as it has changed so much. I have heard the N.A.S. next to the International Airport is no longer a base. The hospital my mother worked in has been torn down replaced with a new one. So many wonderful memories. I was never able to see Mr. Corn but that wonderful house perched up there was amazing and is clear as day in my memory.

  44. Stuffs says:

    I live about 300yds from the “gravesite”. I wanted to go up there again but I have to use my 4×4. It’s usually how we get there. There is a paved road that also leads to the Korean air crash site, but I think it is on U.S. Gov land and locked. My dad told me when I was a kid that they moved his body from there because there was looting going on. It was a beautiful place but now there’s a lot of damage from vandals/Mother Nature. I was last there with my son in 09 but it was just us, son was 4 and I could smell pigs and see the evidence of them in the area…..left quick and didn’t get to the burial area, just passed the entrance and turned back. The road was almost fully grown over too. I know who Letitia (above) is and the bro of idelbong(also above). Cool to read a little history

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: