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BY CHUCK LIDDELL 1893 saw significant business growth on Santa Catalina In addition to my regular weekly "Time Capsule" segments, I periodically feature a special "Catalina Rediscovered" covering Avalon's history for one entire year. I have already covered 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, and 1892. This issue will take us back 121 years to 1893! Based on documents from the Catalina Museum's exten- sive archive of journals, such as Catherine McLean Loud manu- scripts, contemporary news- papers, oral history interviews, and old photographs, "Catalina Rediscovered" will cover Avalon's very beginning from 1887-1915. If you have any questions, sug- gestions, or comments, please send them to me, chuckliddell.catali- na@gmail.com. If you would like to be a "Face Book Friend," please first explain your desire in the "Message" section and then sub- mit your request : www.facebook. com/chuck.liddell2. This will keep you advised to any historical work I am doing. I am still try- ing to get my book out, covering my life on Catalina, but with 180 chapters to cover, I am only 1/3 through. With George Shatto no lon- ger "speculating" and involving outside interests in Catalina's ventures, the Banning Brothers, William, Hancock, and Joseph, focused their thoughts and financ- es on their new Island. Once the local businessmen realized this was a new all out commitment, growth started really taking off in 1893. By the end of the year, the addi- tions to the look of Avalon were: "Hotel Leneta," Whittley, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Michener; "Avalon Beachside Hotel and Apartments" 201 Clarissa; "Barbeque Restaurant," E. Crescent, "Barber Shop," Whittley; "E. E. Beeson and Co" general merchan- dise, Crescent/Whittley, North referred to as "Lucky Beach" and Corner; "Eddy's Terrace Tents," "Banning Beach." Unfortunately, Whittley, South side, "Excelsior the presence of poison oak caused Grocery," Metropole; "Grover's quite a problem for the Chinese Restaurant And Grocery," "H. labors used to clear the area and T. Hollingsworth," watch maker; some of them became so infect- "Sugar Loaf," soft/hard drinks, ed that they had to be sent to 505 Crescent, W. A. Bloeser; "Sea the Mainland for medical treat- Beach Hotel and Restaurant," ment. By August 12, the home Crescent, center of the block was ready for the Joseph Banning between Catalina and Sumner, J. family to move in. There was a E. Gordon and J. H. Miller; "Look road constructed along the North Aloft Studio," Crescent; "Sugar side of the hill of Avalon ("Road Loaf Bar/Saloon," 565 Crescent; To Nowhere") providing a breath- and the E. wing was added to the taking scenic walk. A tunnel "Metropole Hotel," the entire 200 was blown through the high hill, block of Crescent. and lined with wood, connecting Now the newly organized Avalon with "Descanso Beach," "Marine Band" provided music (this was later to be referred to galore for those enjoying the finer as the "Big Sugarloaf") under the comforts of home. Two new songs, direction of Mr. Smith, a minor. 'Catalina Dudes" and the waltz, By August 10, a boathouse was "La Catalina," by Dr. Calvin, erected on the North beach of the filled the air. by "R. V. Musso's Banning home. Orchestra." at the "Metropole." Activity was occurring on the The "Met's" old dining room was other end of the Island as well. Dr. now the music room and the new Jeffries, had a new dwelling at the dining room seated over 200 per- Isthmus, and the Bannings were sons, with a view over the shore- "homesteading .... Bird Rock." line. The golf course was expand- By spring the demand was ed to seven holes. Lawn tennis overwhelming for those who tournaments, by the "Pavilion" needed tents for their vacation 513 Crescent, was inspired by Dr. facilities. Tent sights with curi- Haviland, who introduced these ous names started springing up special amenities. Controlled behind the "Grandview Hotel" at quail hunting was now being the foot of Marilla. These sights provided. So interested in what climbed up the hill in this order: was happening on the Island, 'Camp Made To Stay," "Bonnie J. M, Scanland was assigned to Ames." "Back Yard View," "Little be Avalon's reporter to the "Los Addition," "Go As You Please," Angeles Times." To keep order "Buck Eye," "Home On The Hill," in this now thriving little hamlet, "Comfort," "Little But Snug," J. P. Sheets, the tinsmith, because "Climb Camp," and especially the "Justice Of The Peace." appropriately named, "Got There "Chicken John" raised a veg- At Last." Adding to these public etable garden to provide fresh pro- camps, were the private camps duce for the local establishments, of "The State Whittier School," and lived and worked up Avalon as well as the "Berkley School Canyon (across from the present Camp," and the "University Of day Nature Center, 1202 Avalon California Camp" , both located Canyon). near the "Pavilion" dance hall, 513 In February, Jimmy Elms Crescent. was in charge of clearing the The "California Camp" was cacti from the hills encircling under the direction of Professor "Descanso Beach" in preparation W.E. Ritter and his wife, repre- for the building of the home site senting the Biological Department for Judge Joseph Banning. At this of the University. time, "Descanso Beach" was also To be continued. Crossword Solutions &B _u __E " c 'v = sroR I E E N IR T m Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance Abuse. CHOICES mission is to encourage community involvement in helping island youth make responsible decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 3t Help us make a difference, call today. @ TIME lZ.3o om 1:00 Dm 1.15 orn 1:30 Dm 1.'45 Dm 2:00 Drn 2.'15 om The public is PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hearing Officer will be conducting Vehicle Hearings on Tuesday Jan. 13, 2015 in the City of Avalon Council Chambers located at 410 Avalon Canyon Road. The agenda will include but may not be limited to the following: HEARINGS APPLICANT SCI Resort Services Avalon Grille - New Comm. Autoette Golf Gardens - New Comm. Autoette Zipline - New Comm. Autoette Island Spa Catalina - New Comm. Autoette Dark to Light- Renew Comm. Autoette Bahia Vista - Renew Comm. Autoette Valley Crest- Renew Comm. Autoette Island Fire Extinguishers- Renew Comm. Autoette Cat. Beveerage - New Public Service Pete Edwards- Transfer 2 Comm. Vehicle Permit welcome to participate. Additional information and a complete agenda can be obtained at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Published: The Catalina Islander: Jan. 9, 2015 Posted: Bulletin Board at City Hall City of Avalon Website: www.cityofavalon.com PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold PUBLIC HEARINGS to consider the following items at the January meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. A Public Hearing for a Review in Concept for two alternate loading bay designs for Vons Market at 234 Sumner Avenue. Applicant: Vons Location 234 Sumner Avenue APN: A portion of 7480-016-009 PC.,# 2575 Zone: Commercial A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application, Local Coastal Permit and Amendment to the Mitigated Negative Declaration to add a 255 square foot bar to the second floor of the newly constructed Banquet Facility at 1 St. Catherine Way. This project is within the appealable zone to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant: Same Location1 St. Catherine Way APN: 7480-001-001 PC# 2574Zone: Resort Recreational Consideration of a Resolution recommending an Ordinance to amend the Avalon Municipal Code related to Single Room Occupancies. Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appear at the public hearing during the consideration of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also be submitted to the Planning Department, attention Planning Director Cook, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the item. If you challenge the actions of the Planning Commission in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Anyone may appeal any decision made by the Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal fee of $908.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission. By: Amanda Cook Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, January 9, 2015 Catalina Islander Friday, January 9, 2015 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, January 9, 2015 i 1~