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Part three of a series BY CHUCK LIDDELL As reported in part two, on June 19, 1913, the people of Avalon voted on the question of incor- poration, to which the Banning Brothers' "Island Company" was opposed. The vote went 132 for incor- poration and 82 against. Now the Bannings were really frustrated. Not only was Avalon an "open harbor," which meant possible mainland competition with their own cross-channel boats, now the citizens were going to dictate their own policies. To add to their problems, the town's sole newspaper, "The Wireless" had caused 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 Ernest Windle at 106 Metropole and on January 27, 1914, the first "Islander" newspaper appeared. The newspaper's policy state- ment appeared in the second Wireless" and publisher Lefavovor from the starting gun! They "alluded" to the purpose of the incorporation of Avalon was simply to allow the "political parasites" with their scheme for "taxation without representation" to secure for themselves all of the jobs that would now be made open to this new "city" and allow those special interests to submit the "tea toddlers" of Avalon, who were "suggested" as representing the majority of the citizens, to liquor sale for the first time. "The Islander" observed that "The City of Avalon produces nothing, owns little or no prop- erty (note that the "Freeholders" still owned the "Pleasure Pier"), and has but a small amount of capital to defray current expens- es." Avalon only had $100 to its name ! The city would have to take up bond issues, amounting to $125,000, for a vote of the citi- zens of Avalon in February and it was warned that this indebted- ness would "Destroy Avalon as a pleasure resort and all effort will be lost" warning of little hope of Avalon's survival. The business men knew that issue: "The Islander will not be being a "dry city" was only going published as a 'spite' paper, nor :t0 discourage tourists from com- ripping up thepack or aousmg ~ ing~-ahd because alcohol sales those who do not agree with us; were quite lucrative at this 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. Windle, owner~ :"k mgany': ,,tbear views); a nd Ge 0{g e-'~.'~fdr'/iii~, editor, started going after "The time ("Prohibition" had not yet been enacted), it was felt by the "Trustees" that selling licenses to those establishments provid- ing alcohol would be the basis of ~ of- ~ -first acts was to provide licenses to _wanted to sell alcoholic beverages and hopes Our Lady of Guadalupe Day These children took part in the recent Our Lady of Guadalupe Day Parade. The parade has been held every Dec. 12 for over 15 years. This year there were about 70 people in the dance groups. They ranged in age from 4 to 40 or older. According to Veronica Fuentes, it is believed that a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on Dec. 9 and Dec. 12 in 1531. According to legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. However, the bishop needed proof of Juan's encounter. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there were previ- ously cacti. When Juan Diego returned, he showed the roses to the archbishop and also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. The bishop built a church in honor of the event. were that more would show an interest in alcohol. Lefevor had established the "Chamber of Commerce" at the time of the successful election and it was also anti "Island Company." Although the "Women's Club" of Avalon had started the library as part of the Los Angeles County system in 1904, their sister orga- nization, "The Mary Williams Club," established in 1908, was now being accused of not want- ing to financially support the organization, as "The Wireless" printed, but was being done by the "Chamber." Although this was proven incorrect, Lefavor refused to print a retraction. This point was xeally made clear by "The Islander" and "the gloves were now off"! ! ! The "Wireless" now had an opponent for the first time, AND WHAT AN OPPONENT! Just to help explain some of the other ref- erences made in the paper, I will clarify a few of them: Winds and rains have devestated the Island, as well as the rest of the Pacific Coast, the four days before "The Islander" was printed. Although the "rainy season" for Catalina in 1912 scarcely saw 2 inches of rain, this year so far saw 11.09 inches! Several landslides occurred around the Island. Mr. and Mrs. William Judd's "cottage" was on the North side of Marilla, about half way up the hill. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred A. Carraher's resi- dence was on Marilla, across from what was the "El Encanto," corner of Crescent/Marilla. "The Grill Cafe" was at 307 Crescent. "The Bristol Cafe" was on Crescent, just West of "Lloyd's?' "The Grand View Cafe, was run by P. J. Vuich and located at the corner of Crescent/Marilla, across from "The Grand View Hotel," which filled the same "footprint" of the "El Encanto." Plumber S. M. Shultz lived and worked on Sumner, opposite the "Glenmore Hotel." "The Eagle's Hall," was established in 1901 primarily for young ladies, and met on the 3rd floor of "The Hotel Stamford," 125 Metropole, loca- tion of the "Catalina Island Inn?' Starting in February, I am going to expand my coverage of my weekly newspaper column, "Catalina Time Capsule," to include "100 Years Ago," so you readers will not miss a single "blow" struck by the fledgling newspaper. If you think this first issue was interesting, if not out- right "surprising," wait till you find out what occurred later on, heading up to the DISASTEROUS fire of 1915! CALL FOR ENTRIES .... - ] Submit your photograph, graphic or art of Catalina. If we use it for a cover, you'll get a free one year subscription to the Islander and recognition. SEND High resolution digital JPEG files-300dpi min.-via email to production@sunnews.org Must be original artwork.By submitting work, the senders agree to license publishing in the Catalina Islander :and Lasik for eyelashes Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. ORANGE COAST center 4 i Friday, January :10, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER