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PAGE EIGHT Do You Remember? (Compiled from files of The Catalina Islander Isy Chas. H. Smith) Ten Years Ago From The Islander of March 16, 1927 : Three new gold medals were added to the Catalina Tuna Club trophies. One by Harry W. Adams, for the largest marlin swordfish of the year, taken on light tackle. By James W. Jump, for the largest tuna of the year taken on light tackle, and the third by F. A. Gillespie, for the largest broadbill of the year. There is also a Potter-Streeter medal, for tuna taken on three-six tackle. Miss Maxine Carson was hostess at a birthda3, party in honor of her 12th anniversary. OChers present were He- lene Rassau, Mildred Sprinkle, Cath- erine Fullerton, Lilyan MeGarry, and Hazel Zimmerman of Pasadena. The play-off of the H. Page Randall golf tournament was won by "Tinch" Moricich. The steamship Catalina came in Saturday with nearly 1400 passengers on board. Sardines, mackereland barracuda were running freely. Mr. and Mrs. P. K. W'rigley arrived for a short vacation. The new Diesel tug Louie Black, of the Wilmington Transportation Com- pany, named in honor of Captain Louis Black, made its initial appearance. Watts L. Richmond, of Buffalo, N. Y., was in Avalon looking for fish. Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Brown of Syracuse, N. Y., were Santa Catalina Island visitors. They spent their honeymoon here 18 years earlier. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Scotter were an- ticipating an early visit to Wisconsin. It was estimated that the real prop- erty value in Los Angeles County was lhen $5,669,472,426. Twenty Years Ago From The Islander of March 13, 1917 : The Santa Catalina Island Compmly had in contemplation the building of a hotel on the cone-like mound just back of "Sugar Loaf". Mrs. Tad Gray entertained the ladies of the Aid Society. Henry Mathewson, father of J.E. Mathewson of Avalon, passed away at his home in Boston. Captain Mathew- son was there with his father. The U. S. torpedo boat Farragut vis- ited Avalon Bay. "Mel" Trotter, evangelist and light tackle enthusiast, asserts that the real sport at Santa Catalina Island is tak- ing yellowtail and albacore on light tackle. Letters were published from Dr. W. T. Hornady, director of the New York Zoological Park; and Prof. C. H. Gil- bert, Department of Zoology at Le- land Stanford Jr. University, relative to the proper designation of several varieties of swordfish. J. C. Coppage of Philadelphia was an Avalon visitor. Rain and hail visited the Island on Saturday night. Captain B. D. Halstead resigned as night watchman. Born--To Mr. and Mrs. Geo. N. Cor- nell, an eight-pound boy. E. B. Dye has purchased an orange grove at Charter Oak, near San Di- mas, and is preparing to move there. "Yellowtail" John, Captain J. Kas- sar, claims to have unearthed on San Mig-uel Island, some ten years ago, a great two-handed broadsword made of the bony sword of one of our--just discove red---b roadbill swordfish. "O With the begimfing of the second part of the session of the State Legis- lature, strong opposition is developing against bills which propose the estab- lishment of four-year regional colleges throughout California, added to pres- ent facilities in higher education. A Statewide Committee, organizedto support a planned development of higher education and to oppose four- year regional colleges, denounces them as involving needless and unduly ex- pensive duplication. O" Sell Catalina---Buy Avalon AVALON COMMUNITY CHURCH RE.DEDICATED (Continued from Page 1, Col. 3) of time was at hand for the fulfillment of the purpose of his heart--the found- ing of a church in Avalon. A meeting was held July 1st, to con- sider the proposition of building a lit- tle church. There were nine present and it was decided that, "We need, must and can, by God's help, erect a house to His name". Meetings were held, plans discussed, committees ap- pointed, the first money, raised and fifteen having declared their willing- ness to unite, the church was organ- ized July 15, 1889. On the 21st of the same month the schooner "Ruby" ar- rived in Avalon Bay with the lumber, which was laid up on the lots, the gift of Geo. R. Shatto, then owncr of the Island, and the modest building was soon erected. On August 21st the church council was held, and the church at Avalon received into the fellowship of Congregational churches, and dedicated the following Sunday, August 25th, 1889. Rev. Dr. Hutchins of First Church, preaching an excel- lent sermon from the most appropri- ate text, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." ]n the afternoon the pastor, Rev. C. S. Uzzell, baptized in the sea four of the members of the church. Beautiful in its quiet and solenmity was that baptismal scene. It is one of the pictures which has ever lingered in nay memory, as I am sure it has in that of everyone of us who witnessed it. In the evening Dr. Hill preached the dedicatory sermon and thus was brought to a close this most memor- able davy in the history of Avalon,--a day in which was consummated R.ev. Mr. Uzzell's chief aim in confing to the Island. And perhaps no single work of this active and devoted am- bassador of Christ's Kingdom, has had a wider influence for good than the founding of Avalon church. Soon after he left for the maiMand, where he labored faithfully until called to that higher service. Left to ourselves the succeeding winter, our Sunday School was kept up regularly, with evening and mid- week serwces led by the different members, with an occasional preach- ing service, when some visiting minis- ter happened to sojourn with us over a Sabbath. As I took back the pic- ture of these more than forty years is not all distinct. Many details I do not see, and some only indistinctly. Then again, others stand out most vividly. I wish you could see the picture which comes to my mind of the little group, about sixteen in all, gathered in this right-hand corner during those winter months. The church was nei- ther lathed nor plastered, and our only stove was a discarded hotel broiler. The little chapel organ, the gift of the Oakland Sunday School, was placed at the end of the platform near the broil- er, as the amount of heat thrown out was not very great. There is one other in this congregation to whom this is a familiar picture, I know. The following spring, May 28, 1890, Rev. Geo. Morris came to us as pas- tor. During this pastorate of three years our bell was put in its place, and the pleasing sound of the church- going bell was heard on Catalina, a sound wholly new to her ancient hills. The walls of the church, hitherto un- finished, were during this time lathed, plastered, and paper-decorated. Sev- eral faithful members were received into the church during this pastorate, many of whom have passed to their reward. During the latter years of Air. Mor- ris' life the material world, with the things that are a delight to look upon were hidden from his view, he being blind. Thinking of him thus I recall these lines from a hymn which he seemed to love: "Here let me wait with patience, Wait till the night is o'er. Wait till I see the morning, Break on the golden shore". The awakening came for him May 2nd, 1914. In May 1893, Rev. H. A. Brown of North Dakota came to be pastor, but remained only six months and was fol- lowed by the Rev. Ewing O; Tade, who came to Avalon in March, 1894, faith- fully and earnestly filling the pulpit for five years. During this pastorate the first parsonage was given to the church by Mrs. Shatto, and the first addition made to the chu:rch building. This addition was used for Sunday~ School and mid-week services, and a public reading-room was here first es- tablished. After a long and useful life of 90 years Mr. Tade entered into his rest January, 1919. The pulpit for the summer of 1899 was supplied by the Rev. W. W. Love- joy of Oakland, and it was at his sug- gestion that Rev. Charles W. W'illiams came to preach one Sunday at Avalon. To hear him was to call him to the pastorate, which he* accepted in No- vember, 1899, remaining nine years. The history of this, the longest pas- torate, had we time to give it would be most interesting. How rebuilding and enlarging of the parsonage was brought about and the enlarging, re- modeling and furnishing of the church building, making a very! creditable edi- fice for this Island village. The re- modeling of the parsonage seemed to be the first necessity, and after a con- ference with the two trustees, Mr. MacLean and Mr. Whitney, it was re- solved to proceed at once. The story of how the first dollars were raised, I am sure will be inter- esting. In the earlier days, when there were less than a hundred people on the Island, we used to have a com- nmnity dinner on New Year's day. So for January 1, 1990, a community so- cial was planned with program, re- freshments, and admission (ee, the proceeds to go toward the parsonage. But as the time drew near, the con- viction also grew, that the one thing most needed was community interest, and that the social ought to be free-- and free it was. in the afternoon of that day a lady in the church went to the pastor and asked for a place on the program. This was given and after the refresh- ments she came to the front and said that she had promised the Lord that if she could take in $19 the last day .THE CATALINA of the year she would toward the parso.m counted out the making each one rin~ the table. O~hers them one little boy, cents. 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