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...................... , ....... _ ....  , I _! =: .... ; _, L':zIL _LIL L!II _ -L"IbkA: I 'J.l ,II !t- 'IIJiI!ILi!:LI .!t[JJ:[ ,-- .' -- Vaqueros ride into history CONTRIBUTED BY WILLIAM FORTIER ON BEHALF OF ELIZABETH (GREIG)LAWTON. The following is part 2 of the series, In part 2 of our story, we recall that the Vaqueros riding group, formed in 1939 by the Santa Cata- lina Island Company, had decided to embark-On a special project. Theywere just beginning the pro- duction of a silent fi4m titled "The Great Westenddovm. Members of the group included Bill Payne (Santa Catalina Island Company auditor), Kay Lanxon (Island Company payroll secre- tary), Malcolm Renton, Deedie Wrigley, Jack Emmerich and Elizabeth (Greig) Lawton (known as "Liz"). It is Liz who shared her wonderful memories of growing up in both Two Harbors and-Avalon, that allowed for this article to even be written. She was the youngest of the group (until Deedie Wrigley joined at age 16), and the only sur- viving member today. When we left our riders last week. we learned that a romance developed between two of the members. Jack Emmerieh, who played the hero in the film, and Liz, who played the heroine, had fallen in love and ended up marry- ing the year following production of the silent film. Two professional photogra- phers documented the filming of the movie in beautiful black and white photographs. They were Sid Zeldin (who also played the part of the Sheriff in the movie) and Ted Sierks, both of whom worked as Clockwise from top: Andy Baylor, writer and director; Virginia Lavinder, Andy Baylor, Kay Lanxon and Liz Lawton; Bandit Chief Gus Wiseman; Andy Baylor in costume. :C:'  photographers for the Island Com- pany Public Relations office. Alma Overholt was the head of Public Relations for the Island Company and Ted Siercks mother. The movie was written and di- rected by Andy Baylor, who was employed by the Island Company as a dispatcher for the touring buses. He also filled in as a Bandit in the movie from time to time. Because the task of filming a complete mov- ie would require several weekends over several months, it was neces- sary for the Script Girl, Virginia Lavinder (employed as Secretary to Malcolm Renton) to be responsible for everyone remembering to wear the same clothing they had worn on previous weekends so that the scenes would match. TheVaqueros were a very close group of friends that shared their passion oftiding and the Island on a regular basis. There were many outings that they shared, including some with a few mishaps along the way. One example is of the time Herschel Boyd, who was a driver for the Catalina Beverage Compa- ny, was showing off on horseback and fell into a big patch of cactus. The rest of the evening was spent picking all the cactus needles out of Herschel ... he learned his les- son and didn't do that again!' On Dec. 7, 1941, Liz remem- bers the Vaqueros had been out on a long weekend ride and that they didn't know anything about Pearl Harbor until late that Sunday night when they returned home to Ava- lon. The call to arms in response to "Pearl Harbor and the demands of preparing and supporting the war effort, both at home and abroad, brought to a close this chapter in the history of Catalina Island. By the end of 1942, the original Vaqueros had disbanded and most of its members had moved to the main- land or off to war. However, what did remain from the first organized riding group of Catalina. the Vaque- ros,.was an 8mm, homemade, silent, full color, western movie covering a five month period in 1939 and1940 that recorded its members riding the roads and trails of the interior of Catalina Island. Lobster Trap claims softball tourney title CO-ED SOFTBALL SEASON ENDS FOR AVALON TEAMS UNTIL SPRING BY PATTI ENGEL The last game of the Cata- lina Co-Ed Softball season was between The Lobster Trap and Bravo's Landscaping to determine who would walk away the Tourna- ment Champion Title. The Lobster Trap won. The Lobster Trap started off quickly with two walks and a hh for an RBI followed by the three run out-of-the-park homeruns from Ji-ny Felix. Affour crossed the plat, e for The$r,.Trap. Bravo s Landscaping anted back with the wheels of Joe aridez who scored from first on the infield out. The Lobster Trap answered back with three more in the sec- ond. Another seven crossed the plate for The Lobster Trap in the third thanks in part to the three run homerun from Mario Chavez fol- lowed by the solo home run from Manny Hernandez. Hedy Alvara- do scored on the sacrifice fly for Bravo's Landscaping in the third. Two more runs for The Lobster Trap in the fourth was followed by an offensive rally in the fifth. The Lobster Trap batted around the or- der for a total of 10 runs, two of them from the second home run of the night from Jimmy Felix. Bra- vo's came to bat in the fifth only to have an outstanding catch in left field from Jimmy Felix rob Phil Lopez of a sure extra base hit. Despite that, Bravo's Landscap- ing got a rally going, scoring seven runs. They held The Lobster Trap to just one run in the sixth, then followed that with another eight of their own. The gap was start- ing to close. The Lobster Trap put up another two in the seventh. Joe Hernandez opened Bravo's Land- scaping half of the inning with an inside the park homerun. That was followed by a two run homer from Phil Lopez. The next two outs were recorded quickly, and the game ended with the score Bravo's Landscaping 20, The Lobster Trap 29. For Bravo's" Landscaping, Joe Hernandez was six for six with a home run. Phil Lopez and Adam Nelson collected four hits, while Dustin Cookman had three hits. Hedy Alvarado was two for two with a walk. Justin Spring, santia- go Martinez and Ahlea Hooikaika had one hit each. For The Lobster Trap, Jimmy Felix was four for four with two home runs. Mickey Mann was also four for - four, and Mario Chavez was three for three with two walks. Chuy Sillas and Jesse Gallegos both collected three hits. Frank Rojo, Manny Hernandez, Aurora Felix and Mirta Mora all had two hits. With one hit each were Scotty Rohlafsen, Mindy Malan and Che- la Hernandez. The League would like to thank their sponsors: Bravo's Land- scaping, .The Lobster Trap, Peb- bly Beach Building Supply, and Straight Up Builders. Without you we couldn't play. We'd also like to thank Jim Felix Sr. for all his hard work in having the field ready to play every week. A huge shout out to Kenny Engel for being the man behind the plate taking the heat. A final thank you goes to the city of Avalon Recreation Department for allowing us to play on its field. It's been a great season--see you in the spring. "THE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons, New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander publisher at ed@cinews.us or call (310) 510-0500. + THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, February 24, 2012 i 9