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CATALINA ISLANDER PAGE SEVEN SOCIAL AND PERSONAL tjor Lawrence M6tt has received of being elected a Fellow of American Geographical Society. St. John, who has been visit- Kendrick o.f Whittley avenue weeks, returned to the Saturday. Tregarthen of the Avalon who recently had his Poisoned while cleaning a fish, is rapidly improving. r. j. Ed Sullivan has just returned most enjoyable trip to and from York via the Panama Canal. He son came over to their Island for the week-end. Ladles' Aid will hold its regular Friday afternoon, lower floor building, at 2 p. m. All are invited to attend. rs. Floyd R. Bunnelle and six old baby, Wesley, of San Di- are visiting Grandpa C. U. Bunnelle of Cats- avenue, for a stay of two weeks. Louis German of San Francis- m Avalon visiting her mother Mrs. Warren, and the brothers, for an indefinite pe- 'Iiss Dorris Bunnelle, who is assist- SUPerintendent of the Long Beach cafeterias, was an Island guest g the school week vacation. She a regular visitor for the past een years. Mel E. Trotter and his two Ben Welch and H. Hammon- left the Island on Saturday last route for Kansas City, Mo., after enjoyable time .here, though not catch a big fish this trip. and Mrs. Sam Rusk of Pass- guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. of Tremont street last week. is connected with the Rusk rture Company of Pasadena. He much in love with Catalina that planning to tmrehase property a summer home. and Mrs. W. H. Mead and Miss Mead entertained at their Ava- "Idol Ours," over the week- March 29th. They arrived on lcruiser "Idol Ours," accompanied r. and Mrs. Ferdinand Vigue, Jr., Mrs. Herbert Kerr, Mr. and D. Meeker, Mr. and Mrs. G. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Stiefel, Ilda Atkins, Laura Slocomb, Dixon and Raymond McLeod. CAPTAIN ALEX R. SMITH STEERS NEW COURSE Many Friends Attend Funeral of the Beloved Mariner Captain Alex R. Smith, aged 70, passed away last Tuesday as a re- sult of injuries received when he was run down by an automobile at 32nd street and Pacific avenue, San Pedro, a few hours previous. Captain Smith was crossing the street when he was struck. Despite his remarkable vital- ity the physicians at the Hillside hos- pital were unable to prolong his life. The funeral was held from the home, and many beautiful floral tributes ac- companied the remains to its final resting place. Five city blocks in length the fun- eral .procession slowly journeyed to the cemetery. Many eyes were wet with tears that for years had known no other moisture than that from the sea. Men, hardened by the constant bat- tles in wind and tide, followed with sorrowful hearts. Captain Alex Smith was "a man among men." With the sorrowful family who had lost such a loved one there journeyed to the grave many seafaring men who desired to pay their last tribute of respect to their kindly friend, whose life had been so suddenly ended. Master mariners came from San Francisco and San Diego, and a number of retired sea- faring companions from Los Angeles were also present at the funeral. Silent figures, standing with bowed heads at the grave side; beautiful flowers, wreaths, crosses and anchors. In half a century Captain Smith had carried more passengers than any other master mariner on the Pacific coast. Throughout the entire period of his service his record had not been marred by the loss of a single life or an accident among passengers or the members of his crew. Captain Smith was one of the best known figures in marine circles on the Pacific Coast, and one of the most be- loved. He arrived in San Pedro in the early 80's, and operated a small bo~t named the "Leona." Then, for a time, he piloted a number of the tugs owned by the Wihnington Transportation Company. He became master of the vessel "Santa Rosa Island," operating to Santa Cruz Island, then owned by Vail & Vickers. In the early 90's he entered the employ of the Southern Pacific at Port Los Angeles, and was master of the tug "Collis." After his return to the employ of the Wilmington Transportation Corn- Cape Horn, you would get tossed about a lot more than you are now." Captain Smith was a native of Scot- land, and before taking command of ships plying out of San Pedro harbor he had sailed the seven seas under the British flag. "I am an American citizen by choice," he used to say. "That shows I love your people--and California." He has two living sons, Sydney Smith of San Diego, who is a physi- cian, and Hermosa Smith, captain of a Red Stack tug at San Pedro harbor. Another son, Royal, was drowned at sea while on a trip from San Francis- co to China, in the early '90s. At its regular meeting Friday the Board of Trustees of the city of Ava- lon adopted the following resolutions: WHEREAS, Capt. Alexander Smith was for many years captain of vessels in service of the Wilmington Trans- portation Company, running between San Pedro and Avalon, and was re- garded with sincere affection by all the people of this community, and WHEREAS, he met with a fatal ac- cident on Tuesday, March 25th, 1924, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RE- SOLVED, by the Board of Trustees of the City of Avalon, that this Board deeply deplores the death of Captain Smith, and hereby expresses its high regard for his sterling character, and its appreciation of the many kindly services he has rendered to the citi- zens of this community, and that it hereby extends to the bereaved family its sympathy in this hour of their be~ reavement ; and, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City Clerk is hereby instruct- ed to spread a copy of this resolution in full on the minutes of this Board, and send a certified copy of the same to the family of the deceased, and cause a copy of the same to be pub- lished in the Catalina Islander. Carried by the following vote: AYES: Trustees McKelvey, Wal- ton, Stanton, Herren, Reyes. NOES : None. ABSENT : None. TO CAPTAIN ALEX SMITH By J. M. R. You have answered the Master's call; And sailed for the Great Unknown. Our hearts and thoughts are with you still, Though you sail your barque alone. Many a friend you've left behind, With saddened heart to muse; Whose thoughts turn back to days gone by, Or the events of some cruise. They pray that God will guard your ship, And lay the course you steer; And when the way is dark ahead, May you feel His spirit near. And should the night time hide your port, Set a beacon light to guide, And bring you safe across the bar, To a horbor safe and wide. pany he commanded, at different times, 1~, stateroo'-m on the steainship "Ava each of the vessels owned and operat- There, upon its quiet waters, ~Was the scene of a happy wedding ed by that com,,pany. When the pala- Where the spirit's journey ends, When your ship has come to anchor ~,t the . tial Steamship Avalon was placed onMay you meet with many friends. I~W~. arrival of the vessel at this traetilast Saturday at noon. The con- the cross-channel run, Captain Smith ltv rig Parties were Herman B Pals- was in command when the vessel en- Safely berthed within this haven, hra'- .~anager of Swift & Company's tered Avalon harbor. Amidst the great With the storms of life no more, ,toh J~rv at Santa Ana, and Bessie C. celebration of the occasion, the genial TheMay rewardthe LovingHe holdsFatherin giVestore.yOu e~s of Long Beach. They were ac- commander said: "Well, you, folks ~dP~ated by the bride's parents, Mr. wanted a new boat. Now you ve got I ~lrs "~rs. E. A. Anderson, her sister, it. It's up to you to fill it with people F.H. Reed, Herbert Earlscliffe, W. httsb;trle.neva M. Burke, and the latter's if you want me to bring it over here M. Hunt, A. R. Martin, H. J. Mallen, ~aeh tl, John H Burke, all of Longevery day." J. Ed Sullivan and son, Mel E. Trot- I~t(ta. t~y previous arrangement, Rev That was his way. He was a fear- ter, H. Hammontree' and Ben Welch 1~ ~o(2. M/atson, pastor of the Ava- less man, loved and respected by all. were week-end guestsat the Tuna hails ngregational Church was on For the child he had a small piece of Club. r%~y.t COnduct the interesting cere- candy or some gum somewhere in the inside pockets of his blue uniform. A number of persons from the main- ArL0tber For the person who was seasick, he land have announced their desire to rivedt barge load of hnnber ar- would smile, and say: If you were attend the Easter service at Buena ast week. More improvements, crossing the Atlantic, or going 'round Vista park this year. NEW BAKERY TURNING OUT TOOTHSOME GOODS The new bakery in the Atwater building, established by the proprie- tors of the Hoover Market, has al- ready become a busy institution, under the management of Henry Fate, 'who built up a fine reputation in Avalon in the bakery line years ago. The goods produced are excellent, and will naturally improve still further in quality as the plant is perfected and everything is in complete working or- der. Among the products are white, graham, genuine French, rye, health bran, Vienna and other breads; cakes, doughnuts, pies, French coffee cakes, etc. For the present the products of the bakery are being handled at the Cata- lina avenue store. Later this week the new bakery and cash grocery store, on Sumner avenue, in the room for- merly occupied by the telephone ex- change, will be ready for business, and the products of the bakery will largely be displayed and disposed of there. Remember the unique entertainment at the Atwater Hotel on Thursday evening. "LIGHT" IS FITTING TOPIC In celebration of the installation Of new lighting fixtures in the Community (Congregational) Church, Rev. LaRue C. Watson will preach at 7 p. nL next Sunday on the subject of "Light.') The public is invited to come and in- spect the new fixtures, enjoy a good song service, and listen to the pastor's pertinent message. "Will a man give all to save his life ?" will be the morn- ing sermon topic, at 10:30 a. m. A Los Angeles paper asserts that "Red" Smith of the Evansville Three Eye League may pitch for the Cata- lina Cubs this year. ()n Saturday, in San Francisco, the Seal Yannigans defeated the Pittsburg Yannigans 7 to 1, while the regulars were defeated by Pittsburgh 12 to 8. NOMINEES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE Notice is hereby given that the fol- lowing persons have been nominated for the offices hereinafter mentioned to be filled at the general municipal elec- tion to be held in the City of Avalot on Monday, the fourteenth day of April, 1924 : Members of Board of Trustees for Full Four Year Term Jacob Albert Neoma C. Boone Chesney W. Carver William Henry Hevren Joseph MeAfee JEohn F. McMinn dwin Stanton Willard J. Walton City Clerk Ethel D. Kilgour City Treasurer Thomas Miles Polhamus Dated March 31, 1924. ETHEL D. KILGOUR, City Clerk. THE ISLANDER ADLETS ADLET RATES--Ten cents per line per issue. Minimum charge, 25 cts. For Sale or Exchange---Small ward- robe trunk for a larger one, will pay difference, will pay cash for yours if it is a good one. Address X Y Z, care Islander office. For Rent--Furnished flat, four rooms, bath and kitchen. A nice sun porch. Apply 316 Metropole avenue. 39tf