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....... , ,, ..... :_ _. Ill,ill I ' R E A L E STAT E time capsule 75 YEARS AGO, APRIL,1937 Researched by Chuck Liddell, Compiled by Charles NI.Kelly News The Chicago Cubs were doing their Spring Training in Avalon and MGM was making a short movie about it. Avalon had 790 telephones. Hunting was being conducted at Eagle's Nest Announcements Leek Curtiight (1858-April 2, 1937). Jack McCurry was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernie McCurry, Alril 1937. Guy Travilla died March 27, 1937. .Walter Lafevors died March 31, 1937.  Manuel Hernandez died March/ April 1937. William H. Gill (1873-March 27, 1937). Victor McLaglen, Johnny Weis- muller, and Stan Laurel were on the Island Alice Lee Butch Heywood cel- ebrated her birthday. Mrs. George C. Farnsworth cel- ebrated her birthday. Business Tinch Morichich was a con- stable Mrs. Earl Pollock was president of the Mary Williams Club Philip Knight Wrigley was president of the Santa Catalina Is- land, Co. Baitwell, fishing barge. S.S. Cabrillo, cross channel steamer. Carver Apartments, 417 Cres- cent. Catalina Chick Ranch, Avalon Canyon. Catalina Hospital, 207 Sumner. Catalina Islander, 220 Metro- pole. Christian Science Church, Reading Room, 519 Crescent. Island Villas, Catalina/Beacon/ Sumner. Mark's Coffee Shop, 403 Cres-. cent. Pandora, live bait boat. M.S. Phoenix, glass bottom boat. Seventh Day Adventist Church, Whitney Chapel, Community Church. " " Dr. John J. White, dentistry, Catalina Hospital, 207 SUnmer. Real Estate Mr. and Mrs. Frank Burnham, 207 Whittley. Mrs. Georgia Flint, Catalina. Giddings Family, Holly Hill House, 718 Crescent. Mrs. Anna C. Halstead, 314 Whittley Mr. and Mrs. E G. Johannsen, 357 Sunaner. E. N. Long sold their home. W. R. Morehouse, 316 Cata- lina. E R. Morse, 127 Vieudelou. Mrs. Matilda J. Murdock, 232 Catalina. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sanborn, west end of Crescent. Bill Stringfellow Jr., Middle Terrace. lime.Capsule Addendum Island has-succession, of owners BY CHUCK LIDDELL The following is a continuation of a look back 125 years ago on Catalina by Chuck Liddell: On August 11, 1887, George R. Shatto purchased Catalina. The island has had quite a succes- sion of ownership before and since then. Spanish conquest Under Cabrillo, the flag of Spain took possession of Catalina. When Mexico successfully revolt- ed against Spain and gained it's independence on August 24, 1821, most of California became part of Mexico, but Spain kept possession of Alta California, which included Catalina, until 1848, (California had succeeded from Mexico on January 13, 1847), When it was ceded to the United States, in the "Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo," on February 2, 1848, which ended the "Mexican-American War" (1846-48). On Septemb 9, 1.850, when California became the 3lst state, Catalina was now officially part of the United States. Private ownership Then started private ownership of the island: AS t,h,e "Treaty of Quadalope Hidalgo' failed to name be chan - nel islands as part of this 1848 Mexico-United States transition, Thomas M. Robbins (1802-D854). July 4. 1846. purchased Catalina. The last Mexican Governor 'of California, Pio Pico, as o0e of his last official acts, reputed for a sil- ver saddle and a horse; Jose Maria Covarrubias, August 31, 1850, for $10,000; Albert Packard, October 13, 1853, for $1,000; Eugene L. Sullivan, 1/4 of Catalina, June 9, 1858, $500; Charles IVJ. Hitchcock, February 4, 1864, $1,864; James Ray, 3/4 of Catalina, May 14, 1864; James Lick (died 1876), May 23, 1864, May 23, 1865, June 27, 1866, September 16, 1867, $23,000; James Lick Trust, June 2, 1874. The Shatto era George Rufus Shatto (August 15, 1850, Medino Co., Oh-May 30, 1893), left from Michigan, and arrived in San Pedro by the Southern Pacific Railroad, on July 14, 1887, along with Charles A. Sumner (born 1846, London, England). They boarded the Wilminetan Transoortation Company' s (started in 1884) steam tug, "Falcon" (launched, 1886), captained by J. V. Simmie, and headed for Catalina. The ship made weekly trips to Catalina, arriving to the Island on Wednesdays and returning to San Pedro on Thursdays. This was his first trip to Catalina after he had just purchased the island, the. day before, July 13, from the James Lick Estate in San Francisco for $200.000. through his agent, Charles A. Sumner. He had put down a deposit of $3000. When they arrived at "Timm's Landing," as there was no pier, they were rowed to shore on row- boats. To the North end of the bay, near the corner of Crescent and Marilla, there was a "Hardware Store" (which had been there since ca. 1885) where campers' needs were met, including alcoholic bev- erages. The owners of this store were George Bryant, fisherman, (born, ca. 1834, New Hampshire) and William "Billy Bruin" Brohan, sheepherder (March, 1834, Prussia-1914), There were two wooden shacks, in the area of the "Island Plaza", Which were used to store wool and used by fishermen and camp- ers fo temporary protection. At the East end of town, around the. area of Crescent and Clarissa, under a "clump" of trees, there was a wooden "flop house" hous- ing Billy Brohan and Captain Augustus W. Timms (born ca. 1825, Prussia- July 21, 1888). Sheep and cattle roamed Catalina, including "Timm's Landing"! Island makes a profit i]latt --o th first in this long successon of owners to see the Ven- efit of Catalina, especially "Timms Landing," as a tourist town for the new and ever growing Southern California population. In laying out tile town for selling of land, the surveyors, George Pillsbury and George Cleveland were instructed by prohibitionist Shatto to have a strip of land 80' wide between Crescent Ave. and the high water mark of the Bay, so as to control the landing of boats in the har- bor, doing commerce, especially those transporting, liquor. Shatto did not want alcohol to deter his new found "tourism". which often represented "families". "The Warrior" tug (ca. 1886), the fastest yacht on the Pacific Coast, "'Aggie" (1887), "Santa Ana" (1887), "Los Angeles' (1869), and the "Nellie" (1887) Island owners, Page 5 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, April 6, 2012 3 ir [3.1 ,l, []l i.,,[, L l l.t!#I3il,!l ltt[I,.]lll ,,,t,11 lllr .II I.gllt'1,rl.,, i]", v i i,llb;[,tiilll[I,lillllllll/llllllllllllllll" -- -- - _- " - - :