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January 4, 1945

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Weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. ? valon's newspaper, containing the local news of this wonderful Island l~aseball training field for the Chicago "Cubs". A~ Year round reel:ca for tourists and travelers, Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, b.~seball, riding, fishing, hiking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. ~ENTs AVALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA THURSDAY. JANUARY. 4. 1945 VOLUME XXXll No. 2 OLEARING HOUSE Eva Chandler auk each o!~e of you who me with Christmas greet- before have I received so from such widely scattered which so far are to me Well Imblicized pink spots ). I am looking forward to en you return home to tell the places yon have been-- tare seen, heard and done. erything you can remem- who stay at home to things there are tared) birthday, on the (Happy New comes a mce letter Gildner--waxing ahnost mY SOUr cream buttermilk begins "could ask about but if I should I'd get stomach that would send lfill your way, so had for the present. At that worth the guartl nouse. it. It wouldn't be fair .ave your name on a court that Mrs. Jim's hot cause of it. They de- isting than that. BUT tembers just happening in and eating a bite of in the canyon. The bly seem good eating in on your next and have pot hick I know how to cook dishes, also, and you're of them. by asking me to tell Mare) not to be takes up most of her on his next furlough. Serenadeaand I are terms, an[-t what is her ears flat with ,lack eyes glower when stands on three legs g.swings the fourth one elously flicking her tail fly. I'm having no er, thank yon. Allison's assurance "She's gentle as take with a grain of salt. e Used up nearly a whole on that remark. note from Liz Era- they are a very happy brother, Jim Greig, for the Christmas the Hawaiian Island a. Chief Bos'n Mate and nice in his blues." This t trip home in twenty-two months at Duke Uni- trd Shillander went to for midshipn:an's tr"dn- .~ool there. He is now at for five month,~ and study. Day was indeed a .O.G. (Smitty) Smiths together in San m,th was able to stay e Weeks. Thev had hoped come to Avalon bnt get away that long. her work as hostess most interesting though on the strenuous side." is O. G. Smith, M. M. L. S. M. No. 76, Fleet Francisco, California. Fight fire with WHITE M IST AND SOAP SUDS is the censored release from the United States Army front a South Coast Port, England. The re- port follows "a neat, trim, 65 foot fire boat, manned by a crew of six Trans- portation Corps Harbor Craft Special- ists, protects this vital port and the ships being loaded with supplies for the Continent from fire with what the crew calls "White Mist and Soap Suds." "White Mist is just the water we pump from the channel" said Pvt. Billy Boker, 24, of Corpus Christi, Texas, a crew member. Pvt. First Class Samuel J. Mercer, 21, of Brooklyn, N. Y. another of the crew explained, "soap suds is just the nickname for the chemical liquid, foam- ite. This liqtnd is used by the crew to fight gasoline or oil fires. It boxes the air and suffocates the fire." The fire boat's crew has saved sev- ~eral thousand dollars worth of port equipment by extinguishine fires that break out, qtfickly and efficiently. "One day last month we were dock- ing our boat when we heard a loud ex- ptosiou" said the skipper of the boat, Corp, James T. Phillips, 27, Avalon, California "To our left there was a group of 8 motor tow launches. One of them had blown up so we pitched in anff finally got the fire under control. And then we helped tow the other seven launches out of danger" (un- quote.) On this particular boat with its crew of 6 there are three California men, but only one from Avalon. The skip- per, or 'fire boat master, is Corp. James T. Phillips. Gene Smith is now stationed per- manently at *IcCaw General Hospital, Walla Walla, Washington as head photographer. Florence Johnson has had word from Jean Hamblen that he is now in China. "Last week I had a chance to see Ray! It was really nice to see the old boy. Between the two of us we got him ashore 'for two afternoons and I went aboard three evenings so we had a pretty good chance to talk together. Just as soon as he came to the rail 1 knew him. He doesn't seem to have AVALON CITY AFFAIRS By At Bombard, Mayor The City Council will meet at 8:00 ]L M. q'hursday, January, 4th i.n the council chambers at the City Hall. It is expected that first official ac- tion will be taken at this meeting on a new City tax ordinance to be drawn by Roland Thompson, City Attorney. The City council would like any tax- payer who nfight wish to protest this action or has any question regarding the proposed ordinance to be present at this meeting. The council and the City attorney will try to answer all questions. The new fire engine, loaned by tile State and County to the City, arrived last week and is now being tested by l:ire Chief McCart and his men. It will be housed in the fire statiot~ ;n the City Hall Building so if you are in- terested you might stop by and the Chief will be glad to show you this fine piece of modern fire equipment. Truck carries a 300 gallon fresh water tank and one of the late type fog nozzles. This, we are told, will extinguish fire in a closed room without the usuM water damage. The cost ~yf operation and maintenance will be paid by t.;e State. especially happy for them. They could really enjoy themselves when they had such good news from both the boys. Johnny had received pictures ~from home and he had practically had hys- terics over the snap of his dad in a grass skirt. He callously remarked that he thought his dad had gotten, rather fat in the last two years--but that his mother seemed so yonng and was "still the same as when I left home." He closed with the advice "keep her bow in the wind and before tong I will be seeing you. Until then all the hlck anti happiness for a very Merry Christmas and May God Bless You." Do you wonder that with such a letter (7hristmas was also Thanksgiv- ing Day with the Vickers family ? Statin,~ that not often does he changed at all in the last two years. "write a letter to the paper," Com- h is really a nice ship he is on mander George L. Dickson, U.S.N.R The first afternoon Ray came ashore on Christmas day broke his rule vnd I was able to get ~c, ld of a jeep so wc took in about two hours of just riding around. It was really fun to show him all that we had done and what changes had come over the place since he had. gotten here. He seemed to have a good time and I sure hope 1 have been able to show him a little of the place.out here. 1 took him into our chow hall (race and he said he would never avaiu squawk about the chow he gets aboard ship. Ile wouldn't eat a darn thina so you can see the di'fference between the" two of us. Ve eat it and think its pretty good after what v,:e have eaten If everything goes just right I should be able to .act out of here sonletime next nlonth. [ anl st) darn excited I can hardly sleep at night. It sure would have been nice to have gotten the chance to go home with Ray on his ship. It would have been a second Heaven to me to ~et to go back with him. He tells me that everything is trader contr fl back there so 1 guess I can really have a good time when 1 see the good ohl Go!den Gate Bridge." This news was receb,ed from Johnny Viekers by his family just before Christmas, which made the holidays wrote a very kindly letter to the Cle tr- i-ag House. Thank you very much Mr. l)ickson. 1 really needed that let:er. 1 had bemm to wonder if the cCu m was worth the effort. He wi-itcs that "It is really our j~b and tix elihood in Avalon to say hell,~ and .aoodbye to thousands of people and it is enGrely possible through sheer weiaht of mmabers to 'fall into the habit of fullness. A few years ago when I was v ry ill, and again this year, it is evi,icnt that the interest and depth of feeling in mr island community is based on sincere interest and basic good will. Incidentally, I believe that vour "Clear- in;a House" has proven tl{is and that it has been a real source of morale building among the men of our armed services. Situated as I am where I come in -omact with damaged ships and tired men, l realize that both must be re- buih through the faith, interest and energy here at home. Certainly Avalon is doing its part .uener,msly and well. Sincerely George L. Dickson Commander U.S.N.R. U. S. O. NEWS A New Year is nl)on us--A New Year dedicated to greater Svrvice for those we serve. One who has given much of his time in service is Mr. Albert Conrad. To him we owe our greatest apprecia- tion for his donations to the U.S.C~ Mr. Conrad took time off from his regular work to bring us the green- ery, poinsettas, holly, and other flow- ers that brightened our Club during the Holiday season. Our bouquets of "thanks" to Mr. Conrad--the boys really enjoyed the added touch of home. Many of yon will remember meet- ing Miss Frances Shepler, Y.W.C.A. Executive from New York at the Open House. She will again pay us a visit to meet with the Volunteers of the- U. S. O. Snack Bar and also to sit in on the Operating Committee meeting January 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the City- Hall. Miss Shepler is extlected to do much interpretation of U. S. o.-g. W. C. A. policies. It was a pleasure I, av- ing her here for Open H6use and now, we look forward with great en- thusiasm to seeing her next Snnday. Coming with Miss Shepler Sunday Mternoon will be the Junior Hostesses from Compton ,o carry on ,heir lar Caravan activities at the The dances will be held at the U. S. O. and extra Caravan programming will be posted on the Club bulletin board. Starting :W~ednesday January 3, Isa- bel Connaughton will again have her Craft classes. Wednesday and Thnrs- day afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. Every, one is invited to join this intere~ing group. Thursday night card parties will re- sume thcir get-to-gcthers, as w-ill the bingo games held on Friday nights. Even after the busy holiday seasor~, friends find time to give to the U. S. O. Our thanks to Mrs. Poteet for the wonderful home-made chocolate cake and turkey sandwiches that she brought down to the Club. To Mrs. Wahtm~ta~ our "thanks" and the "thanks" of the boys in the Club for her delicious home-made candy. An added note: We would like to have every 1.1. S. O. Vohmteer rneet Frances Sheplcr next Monda, night so make it a date at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. AI Bom- bard, 113 Vieudelou. An interesting, evening is in store for you. FROM UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS .Miss Eileen Mazie Graham. f~l::,er- ly a resident of Aval,n. has been ~n- ]isted in the Marine (~orps'Wonwn's Reserxe and will soon leave for lmr indoctrination e~,urse ;tt Camp l,ejuene, North Ca ro, lb: A graduate of Avalon High Scho61; Catalina Island, Private Graham was formerly employed by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation in Long Beach as a timekeeper. She is the danghter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred S. Graham, and has been living recently at 3135 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. Private Graham was enlisted by tim Marine Recruiting Office in Lor:g Beach, located in the Po~t Offire Buildin~ at "~hird and American, where Staff Sergeant Martin W. Jtalroe~ is non-connnissioned officer in ehar~,e ~ON TO VICTORY.~-. Put an adler to work for you.