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As reported in part one, the "'Wireless" newspaper became a "regular weekly newspaper" in Avalon in 1905. The paper routinely published articles that criticized any acts of the "Island Company" that the editor believed restricted trade. After the embarrassment of losing to the "Freeholders" their Pier and "closed harbor" status, the "Island Company" certainly didn't need Avalon's only news- paper to constantly print oppos- ing views. They asked Ernest Windle, an Englishman, to come to Avalon and start a paper to reflect the news from the "Island Compa- ny's" perspective and hopefully run the "Wireless" out of busi- ness. Windle came to the Island in 1907 and started a "News Stand" on the East side of the foot of the "Steamer Pier." He not only sold mainland newspapers, but all sorts of items needed by the tourists, i.e. candy, tobacco, etc. Once he felt "established," it was time to start a newspaper. On July 4, 1908, with Mr. T. Chaning, Windle got into the newspaper business by printing the "Catalina Daily Mirror." This was a major commitment to print a daily paper and it only lasted until Sept. 1, 1908. Little did the Bannings know, but must have suspected, that the "threaten- ing suggestion" of incorporation made by them to the citizens of Avalon was now beginning to be taken seriously. Those citizen/businessmen who favored "incorporation" pre- sented to the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, on May 5, Hancock Banning, one of the three Banning brothers. The Bannings established The Catalina Islander to promote the Island Company's interests. File photo 1913, a petition "for the purpose of calling a special election..." for the matter of incorporating the small township of Avalon. A committee of Joseph Harold Stamford, who owned the "The Stamford Hotel" and hardware store at 125 Metropole, and Eu- gene B. Dye, who owned a board- ing house at 209 Metropole, and Mr. Roach. The election was held on June 19, 1913, in the waiting room of the "Aquarium Building" at the West foot of the "Steamer Pier." The vote went 132 for incorpo- ration and 82 against. J. E Jones became the City Clerk, J. A. Feik, Treasurer, and Joseph Harold Stamford, J. L. Merkeley, Eugene. B. Dye, Irvine, L. Newberry, and Pete V. Reyes, photographer, became Trustees. Now the Bannings were really frustrated. Not only was Avalon an "open harbor," which meant pos- sible mainland competition with their own cross-channel boats they had through their own "Wilm- ington Transportation Company," now the citizens were going to dic- tate their own policies. To add to their problems, the sole newspaper, "The Wireless" was now really causing a major rift between Avalon and "The Island Company," by strongly support- ing its "incorporation" as a "6th Class" city. The Banning Brothers now needed a "voice' more than ever before, so they set up Mr. Windle at 106 Metropole and on January 27, 1914, you are holding in your hand the first newspaper that now reflected the views of the Bannings and the "Company." As a point of interest, the "Is- land Company" stopped advertis- ing on the mainland for tourists to come to the Island. "Avalon" was now on it's own, by choice, and it was now "their' responsibility to start paying out of their own pocket, for these ex- penses that the Bannings had been taking care of the last 21 years! What didn't appear in this first issue was "The Islander" newspa- per's policy statement, which ap- peared in their next issue: "The Islander will not be pub- lished as a 'spite' paper, nor ripping up the back or abusing those who do not agree with us; but believing that the field is open for better and clean journalism are going to try and fit it." Then you read it and wondered where all of this "vile" was com- ing from. And Catalina's first newspaper "war" was on ... To be continued Catalina Time Capsule: January 1939-2004 BY CHUCK LIDDELL degrees; Low, 46 degrees; June Margaret Staff celebrated her The following information was culled from Catalina Islander archives in the Catalina Island Museum: 10 Years Ago "Islander," 615 A Crescent, Friday, 50 cents, Dar Brown, Editor. Population of Avalon was a little over 2,700. Average Temperature: High, 61; Low, 48; Water, 58. Rain in January, .20 inches. People Aboard Boats, 2,088; Ves- sels Moored, 522; Vessels An- chored, 49; "Ecstasy." 8,776; "Monarch Of The Sea." 6,538. Sheriffs reported that the biggest problem on the Island is il- legal drugs, both supply and demand, caused by transient elements. 25 Years Ago "Islander," Don Haney, Editor, 615 Crescent, 50 cents, came out on Fridays. The "Islander" celebrated its 75th Anniversary by including a complete copy of the first is- sue, January 27, 1914. Average Temperature: High, 60 Water, 52 degrees. Season rain to date: 6.58 inches last year to date: 10.88 inch- es. Total rain for 1988, 13.77 inches; for 1987, 9.69 inches. Edison lowered it's Island gas rates by and average of .5 percent. Paul McKalip (1911-July 6, 1989). Casino Theatre had the same mov- ie, Monday-Sunday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 7 and 9:30. Area Code for Avalon was 213. "Welcome To Avalon" Map, new, Mole. Merlin Louise "Babe" Sherman (November 23, 1912-Decem- ber 28, 1988). 50 Years Ago "Islander," 615 Crescent, 10 cents and copy, Donald Haney, Edi- tor, came out on Thursdays. Average Temperature: High, 62 degrees; Low, 49 degrees. Rain fall for season, 6.98 inches. Christina Margarita Saldana, born January 13, 1964, to Lolo and Lidia Saldana. John Charles Staff celebrated his 10th birthday. Bow and arrow hunting only for ' goats and boars, January 18, for two days. You are only able to take up to 48. 14th birthday. Every man hole cover between Sumner and Catalina explod- ed, some up to 200 feet, due to exploding gas in the new sewer main. Orval E. Liddell, consulting engi- neer for the City, had warning signs put on all manhole cov- ers in Avalon. Gas leakage on the beaches accounted for a 26 percent loss. 75 Years Ago Approximately 50 deer, several hundred wild boar, 10,000 goats, and thousands of quail. An airport was being planned, for the center of the Island, at a cost of $500,000. Mr. Everett Paul Geasland mar- ried Louise Avalon Newberry, January 8, 1939. Annual "President's Birthday Ball," Casino, to raise money for the aid of infantile paraly- sis (polio). Average temperature, High, 62 de- grees, Low, 47 degrees, water 57 degrees. Rainfall this sea- son, 6.82 inches, last year at this time, 2.86 inches. To contact Chuck Liddell, e-mail him at Catalina Island Real Estate DRE License # 01394874 338 Sumner Ave- Upgraded/Remodeled 3BD, 2.5 BA, 1204 SF+/- home. 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Currently a vacation rental comes fully furnished. $285,000 Balda Vista C-60- Frocliond ownership, 2 BR, 2 BA, 749 SF+/-, ocean view, golf-cart. $52,000 Ihdda Vista A-26 - $299,000 371 Wtlby - $999,000 IK Via 3-22 - $899,000 322 E. Wldtfley - 51,395,000 151 OIvo St. Lot - $419,000 155 OliVe St. Lot - $399,000 344 Clarissa - $599,000 329 Las Lamas Dr. - $1,100,000 69 Sol Vista - $429,000 Bahia Vista 8-44 - $399,000 HC Viga 4-13 - $489,000 HC Villa 17-80 - $749,000 HC Villa 1-57 - $399,000 HC Villa 2-40 - $399,000 Bahia Vista C-54 - $4000,000 Bahia Vista A.8 - $289,000 HC Villa 18-72 - SI,249,000 55 Sol Vista - $489,000 o-3ooo 119/B Sumner Ave. THE CATALINA ISLANDER ................................................................................................................................................ FridaY, January 3120:i4:3