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PAGE TWO Church Re-Dedicati0n (Continued from page 1, column 2) which the future will reveal. As the sister of Rev. Charles W. Williams, pastor of the church for nine years, and the daughter of Mrs. Mary W~I- liams, founder of the Mary Williams Club of Avalon, and her continued residence here more or less of the time since her brother gave up his pastor- ate, she is well fitted for the task. Publication of her paper also will fol- low. Her paper was followed by the re- cital of various experiences by former and local long-time residents. Space alone prohibits their recital. The following roster of former resi- dents who were present at this meet- ing will help one to gain an idea of its importance : First, was the presence of Mrs. Ella Wlfitney, together with her sons and menlbers of their families. They were Edwin P. Whitney, daughters Clarissa and Stephanie, and son Robert (Di- gressing for a moment, we notice that "Clarissa" is the way the daughter's name is spelled, which is the correct way to spell the name of the street in Avalon.) Then Walter T. Whitney, with daughters Ruth Lee and Marilla Jean. Misses Genera and Anna Wheeler, of l~aldwin Park, daughters of anoth- er pioneer family, their mother espe- cially being prominent in the early re- ligious and school life of Avalon. Mrs. Kate F. M. Cleaves, for several years prominent as a music teacher in Avalon, and a sister of the late Mrs. John D. MacLean. Mr. and M.rs. E, B. Dye, now of Charter Oak, but well known former residents, who left Avalon twenty years ago to enjoy life on an orange orchard on the mainland. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stamford, of Claremont, formerly of Avalon, both prominent in religious and other local affairs. J. A. Elms and family of Altadena. Mr. Ehns was among the old timers of early days. They have a cottage just below the one now owned by the J. D. Giddings family of Pasadena. At the conclusion of the two excel- lent historical papers, several of those present added personal items of inter- est concerning ye days of old. The singing of "Blest Be The Tie", and the benediction closed a very in- teresting evening Another "Pot-Luck" Dinner .Saturday evening ahnost exactly one hundred people gathered ifi the Social Hall of the church, to partake of one of those fine meals for which the church ladies of Avalon are noted. '['his was served largely so that the old-time visitors present and the mem- bers of the church of today might have an opportunity to meet socially aroumt the festive board, and thus be- come better acquainted. In addition to those from the main- land noted present Friday evening were the following: Mr. and Mrs. V. Anderson of Del Mar. Many Avalon residents will re- member Mrs. Anderson as the former Miss Violet Gray of Avalon. Rev. and Mrs. LaRue C. Watson of Buena Park. Rev. Watson was for six years pastor of the Avalon church, and has many personal friends here. Rev. E. D. Gaylord, Registrar and Statistical Secretary of the Southern California Congregational Conference, whose headquarters are in Los Ange- les, and who for many years has been attending the annual Retreat confer- ences held in Avalon the week follow- ing Easter Sunday. Following the supper there was an informal half hour, during: which the ladies cleared off the tables, washed the dishes, etc. Then, led by Mrs. Cleaves, there was a half hour of sing- ing, with Mrs. S. E. Carpenter at the piano. In addition to the communit,y sing- ing there were duets by Mr. and Mrs. 'W~. S.. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Heywood, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Car- l)enter, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Orr. Mrs. B. O. Kendall gave an enter- taining reading. Rev. Watson, Rev. Gaylord, one of the Wheeler sisters and Rev. Toomay spoke briefly, after which the benedic- tion was pronounced by Rev. Gaylord. 1* ~ lg Sunday Morning at 9:30 At the session of the bunday School the first practical use of the stage in the new Social Hall of the church was effected. Boys and girls pictured a meeting of members of the church, taking the names of pronfinent mem- bers, and discussing church problems. It was quite well done, and drew sev- eral visitors. Dedication Service at 10:30 The church auditorium was well filled at this hour, when the prepared program was carried to a successful conclusion, as follows: The organ prelude by Miss Carolyn Gross, the organist, consisted of two numbers, "Cantilene", by Salome, and "Romance", by Suendsen. The processional, "Holy, Holy, Holy" was marked by the entrance of the choir, clad in their black robes, fol- lowed by the pastor, Dr. John Barron Toomay, and Rev. E. D. Gaylord, D. D., also in robes. It was an effective scene, stirring to mental and spiritual emotions. Invocation was given by the pastor. The congregation joined in singing "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord". Scripture reading. Prayer. While the regular morning offering was being taken the offertory played on the organ was "Andante Religioso", by Thome. The large choir, under the direction of Miss Janet Frey, sang a fine an- them, "Sleepers, Awake", a chorale by" Bach. Introduction of former pastors was the next number. As the greater num- ber of former pastors had passed away there were but few expected to re- spond. A letter was read from Rev. J. H. Mallows of Claremont, express- ing regret that pastoral engagements caused his absence. It also contained expressions of good will and prayers for successful consummation of all ef- forts. Rev. LaRue C. Watson, pastor of the church for six years, now located at Buena Park, spoke briefly, congrat- ulating the church upon its growth and the success of its efforts to im- prove its facilities. Rev. E. D. Gaylord, D.D., Superin- tendent of the Southern California Congregational Conference, preached an able and spiritual sermon. His many former visits to Avalon at the annual spring Retreats, had ldaced him en rapport with the church and its :nembers, so that he was able to understand and appreciate the efforts put forth by the church and its pas- tors. He spoke of the regard felt for Av- alon church by the ministers of the conference who had enjoyed its hos- pitality for so many years, and who would meet here again on March 29th for their twenty-fifth Annual Retreat. Rev. Toomay then presented the financial condition of the church. He stated that the response the previous Sunday, evening, when the Elizabeth B. Renton Memorial Organ was dedi- cated, exceeded expectations, and that if $500 could be raised in money and pledges at this meeting it would be sufficient so that the church could be dedicated free from debt--every item of obligation being provided for. With- in a few minutes pledges and money to the extent of nearly $800 had been se- cured. A solemn dedication service followed. The congregation united in singing "The Church's One Foundation". Dr. E. D. Gaylord pronounced a sol- emn benediction. The organ postlude was an "Inter- mezzo", by Bizet. Sunday Afternoon /.oout mid atternoon pictures of for- mer pastors now deceased, of laymen prominent in the life of the church, and of women prominent in various or special lines of work were put in place. The service of dedication took place in Whitney Chapel, which promises to become one of the most useful rooms in the remodeled edifice. Named in honor of E. J. Whitney, a pioneer of Avalon, a worker in the early history of the church, and its first deacon, it THE CATALINA ORIGINAL SHORT STORY By Milton L. Coffin Larry Simpson was walking out to :he pier to hire a small fishing boat when he heard someone call his name. Glancing around he spied an old friend confing toward him. "Why, Bill," he exclaimed, in a sur- prised tone, "I didn't know you had your vacation at this time of the year, too," Bill shook hands, while reply'ing: "I don't, Larry; but I thought I would come over for the week-end and try catching tuna. By the way, old boy, what are you doing with that heavy pole ? Going whale fishing?" "No," answered Larry. "I thought I would do a little fishing myself. I have never done :nuch of it, and--" "What! with that rod ? Why, Lar- ry, you can't use anything like that. There are strict regulations to follow." Mr. Simpson stared at Bill, and re- plied slowly: "Regulations for fishing? I neve: knew that. I admit I don't know :auch about it, but when I was young ! used to fish in the creek with a pole like this." "Well, Larry, I guess I can't blame you for not knowing the regulations. You, haven't had much time for rec- reation in the past. While I'm here, 1'11 show you how to fish correctly. Let's walk down to the Tuna Ctub and I'll explain what equipment you sh6uht will be put to good use. It will likely often be used for the mid-week prayer services, and will be placed at the service of the local Sev- enth Dav Adventist church for their regmlar Saturday services. As occa- sion may arise the Episcopal church services will also be held in the same chapel. "How blessed it is for brethren to dwell together in unity". use, and so on." Larry agreed, so Avalon's unique boa nowned Catalina l~ill explained the tions, taken from the "For tuna and must be of wood, col and tip and not nine inches over not less than five must weigh not ounces. The line standard with which the tuna flyingfish. The spe~ should be from 2-4 The next mornin.g went on a fishing trtl ceed in catching any Mr. Simpson, the rod correctly. The following we, fishing boat and luck. This time he tuna after a seven." After this experlel interested in the all of his spare time ing fishing magazineS. 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