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i April ! 1914-2004 Researched by Chuck Liddell, Compiled by Catalina Islander staff The following information was culled from Catalina Islander archives in the Catalina Island Museum: 10 Years Ago Chelsea York was awarded "CIF Division V Southern Section Girl Player Of The Year" for basketball. After thorough investigations, the Airport was deemed safe. "Travel Channel," "Best Islands In America," aired March 30 and April 14, 2004. The "Volunteer Search And Res- cue Team" was honored by the City Council. "Medieval Times Spaghetti Din- ner Fundraiser" for the "Class of 2009." The water level on April 6 was 601 acre feet; April 13, 597; April 20, 587; April 27, 582. Twenty boats participated in the "Whitney/Times/Bogart Se- ries" from L. A. Harbor to "Howland's Landing." 2nd Annual Conservancy "Spring Nature Plant Sale." 25 Years Ago Average Temperature: High, 64 degrees; Low, 45 degrees; Water, 58 degrees. Mobile homes for the Hospital ap- House." Mrs. Lucy Kelly (1912-April 12, 1964). Local square dance dub, "Catalina Skippers," hosted Compton's "Dixie Dudes" and "Bach- elors and Bachelorettes" from five different districts in the new "St. Catherine Church's" Parish Hall. Eighty dancers attended. Mr. and Mrs. William L. Laurin celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary. The "Lion's Club" collected $1,169.80 for their yearly "March Of Dimes" drive. 75 Years Ago "At Catalina you'll always feel gay. There's laughter and merriment all through the day! .... For health, or change, or play, or rest, Catalina is the best!" Water temperature was 57 de- grees. Eight-hundred individuals at- tended the "Easter Sunrise Service" at Buena Vista Point. The local Boy Scouts seated the guests. The "Easter Parade" was only for adults, "Lochinvars And Circes." Sole was the only fish being tak- proved, "Public School Week?' Library celebrated its "75th Anni- versary." Jeanne Hill, President, "Avalon Awareness Council." sent a petition with 497 signatures to the City Council to remind them of the drug and alcohol abuse in Avalon. Cable TV covered the "Planning Commission" for the first time. Leslie Ann Miller celebrated her first birthday. Beverly Cameron celebrated her first birthday Quentin and Betty Schweninger moved to Leisure World, Seal Beach One of the doors "to the Casino, leading to the Ballroom, was broken by party goers at a pri- vate event. Quentin Schweninger (March 5, 1914-April 9, 1989). ..... men, The school essay contest, spon- sored'by the 19th District "American Legion," was en- titled, "Why I Believe In De- mocracy And American Ide- als." Winners: Miss Virginia Lee Graham (High School) and Olivie Van Treese (Junior High) were awarded prizes First Annual banquet of the "Cata- lina Island Women's Bowing League." Captain George M. Michaelis died in April 1939. The local "Rotary Club" hosted the 107th District "Rotary" Conference from April 27-29. Jack Windle set a world's record for the most rounds of golf played between dawn and dusk: 209 holes. 50 Years Ago Avalon had 1,600 year-round resi- dents. Out of 905 registered voters, 729 voted for the City election. Winners: City Council, Herb Wegmann, 318 votes, Harvey Cowell, 259. City Clerk, Bea- trice E. Gray, 499 votes, City Treasurer, Harry Stiritz, 420 votes. Neal Anthony Salamunovich, was born on April 7, 1964, to Peter and Deloris Salamunovich. Millie Poindexter celebrated her birthday. Harriet Elizabeth Wilkinson (1918-April 10, 1964). The 'Lions Club" put on their an- nual "Kid's Night." "American Cancer Society," Mabel Fennie, Crusade Chairman. A fire on April 18, 1964, burned the cupula on the "Holly Hill 100 Years Ago Editorial: "ONLY ONE VITAL ISSUE." "Shall The People Of Avalon Rule Or Their Government Turned Over to A Disgruntled Backbiting Minority?" This is in refer- ence to the upcoming election where the "Trustees" will be decided on by the voters. The Banning Brothers' "Santa Catalina Island Company" had been passive on the issue of Avalon's incorporation in 1913, but being that the Ban- nings owned 90 percent of the town, their involvement might change, depending on the outcome of the election. There needs to be "harmony" between the City of Avalon and the S. C. I., Co." Willis M. LeFavor (the editor/pub- lisher of the competing news- paper, "The Wireless," which was very obvious anti-'Island Company" and he had also founded the "Chamber of Commerce," which shared his views) was behind the incor- poration of Avalon, because he wanted an "open port." He hoped to be "bought off" by the "Island Company" and secure contracts for printing (he had an exclusive contract with the "Island Company" for all advertising and elec- tion ballots. He charged $1 per inch for his printing, so the "Islander" often referred to him as "S-an-inch LeFa- vor") and buying property, he was referred to as "the little Napoleon." LeFavor had ar- rived on the island in 1906, as a "bill-of-fare printer" at the Metropole Hotel. He is now on the ballot to become a "Trustee" in the upcoming election. Avalon was hoping to survive with a budget of $3,000, but had outstanding costs of $10,000. "Avalon was incorporated for the ex- press purpose of 'busting' the S. C. I., Co. alleged trust.'" In 1898, the "Island Company" had seriously thought about "moving" Avalon to the "Isth- mus" and this was beginning to look better to the Bannings more and more. Willis M. "S-an-inch" LeFavor, editor/publisher,Qf .the ,Wire-. less, the Islander's competitor, wanted to fire the City Attor- ney, Baker. The Long Beach, a mainland cross-channel passenger ship, had come to Avalon and the "Islander" labeled it as a "jog tub-60 cent tripper," with the passengers spending little money in town, but making a big mess! Realizing that there were no safety restric- tions for vessels less than 64 feet long and less than 15 tons in weight, it was predicted by some individuals that children were going to be drowned with the inferior transporta- tion boats coming frOm the mainland., Pard Mathewson was building boats for A. J. Cox and Jim- mie W. Jump. The result of the election for Trust- ees (260 votes were cast): John L. Merkley, 171 (he was elected for a four year term), Peter V. Reyes, 170 (four year term), Alfred A. Carraher, 157 (two years), Jacob Albert, 148 (two years), Bertie R. Scott, 138, Willis M. LeFavor, 82 votes. Frank W. Elder, 121, ran unopposed for City Clerk. J. A. Feik, 163, ran unopposed for City Treasurer. They were installed on Monday, April 20. Only Reyes, Scott, Car- raher, Elder, and Feik were backed by the "Islander." The School Board elections, with 192 votes cast, with Joseph Harold Stamford , 157 and Irving Lee Newberry, 35. Alfred A. Carraher and Ed Stanton were already on the Board. To contact Chuck Liddell, e- mail him at chuckliddell.cata- lina @gmail. com. DRElcense#O1394874 Catalinatsland Real Estate 4, 2014 345 Catoli Ave Duplex on "the Rots", 1,041 SF +/-, 1BD, 1BA unit w/upper level 1BD,I BA Apt. end balcony. 2 blacks to beach $499,995 339 etropole Ave Ocean & hillside view Avalon home. 2BD, 1 892 SF +/- New listing otered at $499,000 338 Sumac Ave- UpOroded,-remodeled 3B0, 2.5 BA, 1204 SF+/- home. hok, m/, vam fontal pemm, Iono reid history. Prke rodesodl $659,000 337 Summer Avenge Triplex on n hr~ 10t (2600 SF +/-) Vacation rental permit in front repeat guesls, and lwo IBD year-round rontals in hock, plus yard. Sold "es-i. Huge patontiol for tmro development. ............. 75,000 : .- ..... 11 (ros t Avmn 4BR, 4BA 1,850 SF +/. home. Sonside onau0ry w/spectacuhr ocean viewsl Separate guest quarters, patio, view deck. Offered at $2,395,000 119 Olive Street- Incredible view! Home bush in 1921. Lol sLze 2,250 SF +/-, let 45'x50'. $ so, ooo 351 Summer Ave- Spacious dudex, large let 3,233SF +/., unit 1-3BD, 2BA ml unit 2-2BD, IBA $775,000 VlUo 1-72 ~ 2 BD, 2 BA 1049 SF/- Poaeromic ocean Only 36 from top. 8e utihJlly appointed and remodeled. Comes lurr, isherl, includes gdf cart. $78O, OOO 5-7 ~ I00 941 SF+/- e plot.e, Cart, vemtio emd Wrigley Terrace Lets- Build your dream home on 1 of 6 lots available! $950,000 to 51,200,000 2 "READY TO BUll.O" View Lots lore %10 e mr, u ftes on fino ing Avala . hce mt iovestm t oppoaul ,. [or more il o go 10: ww.ov onlotlor, 32 Foirvlaw Terrace 3 sit, 3 1,839 sF +/- Completely remodeled. Fireplace, custom details throughout. Spectacular view patio, $699,000 Bahia Vista A-I 2 liD, 2.5 BA, !,230 SF +/- Corner unit. Vacation Rental. $425,000 Bahia Vista C-60 Fractional ownership 2 BD, 2 BA, 749 SF +/- Ocean view, golf cert. $49,000 145 Olive St.- $359,000 IK Villa 2-39 - $375,000 hMa V'n'ta - $285,000 140 HII St. 3,325 SF ltlldde lot Ittldde & town v~ $285,000 HC Viga 2-48 - $679,00 229 gem~ A - $799,000 HC ~ 1-67 - $499,000 Vista A-26 - $299,000 .371 WIdttky- $999,000 HI: Villa 3-22- $899,000 322 E. Wldlfley - $1,395,000 151 Olive St. Lot - .$419,000 155 Olive St. Lot - $399,000 344 Cladssa - 5599,000 329 Lus Looms Dr. - Sl,lO0,O00 69 Sol Vista - $429,000 Bahia Vista B-44 - $399,000 HC Vi~ 4-13 - $489,000 H-VlIo 17-80 - $749,000 HC V'dla 1-$7 - $399,000 HC VIl~ 1842 - SI,249,000 THE C~A'i:Ai.iNA ISLANDER ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Fridayl April 4,2014 i 3